MONDAY, January 3:
Pakistan: Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani holds talks with opposition leaders in a bid to avert a political crisis after a key party left the ruling coalition.
TUESDAY, January 4:
Afghanistan/Pakistan: Afghanistan's High Peace Council holds talks with Pakistan's leadership as part of an effort to find a diplomatic solution to the nearly decade-old Taliban insurgency.
WEDNESDAY, January 5:
Afghanistan: Italian Minister of Defense Ignazio la Russa visits Afghanistan.
Iran/Iraq: Iran's acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Iraq to boost bilateral ties between the two neighbors.
Russia: Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov visits Iturup, the largest island in the Southern Kuriles.
THURSDAY, January 6:
Iraq: 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Iraqi Army.
FRIDAY, January 7:
World: Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas.
SUNDAY, January 9:
Kosovo: Kosovo holds re-run of parliamentary voting in five municipalities.