KOREAS / TENSION
++Running Story – 13-19 January 2018 ++ Monitoring for developments after North Korea reopened cross-border communications with South Korea in another sign of easing animosity between the rivals.
INDIA / ISRAEL
NEW DELHI: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits India.
SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA
SINGAPORE: 8th Singapore-Malaysia leaders retreat between Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak.
FRANCE / EP PLENARY
STRASBOURG: European Parliament plenary sessions resume and continue over four-days.
::17 JAN - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar takes part in debate on the Future of Europe. 0910GMT.
::17 JAN - Bulgaria sets out its agenda for its six-month presidency of the EU Council.
SPAIN / CATALONIA
BARCELONA: Elected lawmakers constitute a new Catalan parliament after regional elections gave most seats to pro-independence parties.
The new parliament will elect a governing body, the first step before electing a new government for the troubled Spanish region.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA
BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets new Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
YEMEN / CRISIS
++Running Story – 13-19 January 2018 ++ Monitoring developments in Sanaa, Aden, and Taiz after Saudi-led coalition says it will increase its efforts to overthrow the Houthis.
SYRIA / FIGHTING
++Running Story – 13-19 January 2018 ++ Fighting between government forces, militants and remnants of Islamic State group.
IRAN / TENSIONS
++Running Story – 13-19 January 2018 ++ Tensions remain high in Iran after thousands arrested following protests over the bad state of Iran's economy and frustration over corruption.
US / TRUMP
++Running Story – 13-19 January 2018 ++ Developments in Donald Trump's presidency as probe continues into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
US / MIDEAST
++Running Story – 13-19 January 2018 ++ Tensions continue over US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and President Donald Trump's threat to cut off all aid to the Palestinians.
US / AUTO SHOW
DETROIT: AP returns to the North American International Auto Show, where the global automotive community comes together to catch up on the latest news and events.
US automakers like Chevrolet, Ford, and Jeep as well as European and Asian brands are expected to unveil their new models and prototypes.