The London Olympic Games and presidential elections in Russia, France and the United States are among the main events in 2012. Here is a look at what the year has in store.
1 - EUROPEAN UNION: Denmark takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.
1-15 - ARGENTINA, CHILE, PERU: The Dakar Rally.
21-February 12 - GABON, EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Football's Africa Cup of Nations.
25-29 - DAVOS, Switzerland: The 42nd World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org).
6 - LONDON: Diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British throne.
19 - GREECE: Legislative elections.
26 - HOLLYWOOD, US: The 84th Oscars ceremony (www.oscars.org).
2 - IRAN: Legislative elections.
4 - RUSSIA: Presidential election.
22 - FRANCE: First round of presidential election.
6 - FRANCE: Second round of presidential election.
12-August 12 - YEOSU, South Korea: The 2012 world expo, themed "The Living Ocean and Coast" (www.worldexpo2012.com).
16-27 - CANNES, France: The 65th film festival (www.festival.cannes.com).
15-22 - CHICAGO: Group of Eight (G8) summit (www.chicagog8.com).
20-21 - CHICAGO: NATO summit.
8-July 1 - POLAND, UKRAINE: Euro 2012 football championships.
10, 17 - FRANCE: Legislative elections.
18-19 - LOS CABOS, Mexico: Group of 20 (G20) summit.
20-22 - RIO DE JANEIRO: World conference on sustainable development (www.earthsummit2012.org).
1 - EUROPEAN UNION: Cyprus takes over the bloc's presidency.
1 - MEXICO: Presidential election.
27-August 12 - LONDON: The 2012 Olympic Games.
27-30 - TAMPA BAY, US: The Republican convention will choose its candidate for the US presidential election.
8-9 - VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: The annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. (http://apec.org).
Late September - AFGHANISTAN: The planned withdrawal of 33,000 US surge troops, a third of the American contingent.
12-14 - TOKYO: The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
STOCKHOLM: Announcement of winners of the Nobel Prizes (www.nobelprize.org).
6 - WASHINGTON: US presidential election.