The BBC News website looks at what could be dominating the headlines around the world this week - and offers some key background on those stories.
MONDAY 3 APRIL
West Africa trial: Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor is due to make his first appearance at a UN-backed tribunal in Freetown, Sierra Leone, accused of war crimes related to the civil war there.
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Our series on prison populations, in the UK and overseas
Homosexual rights: The Delhi High Court is due to examine a petition by a gay organisation to overturn laws that make homosexuality illegal in India. It dismissed a similar plea in 2004.
Italy leaders' debate: The second TV debate is due to take place between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and opposition leader Romano Prodi ahead of the general election.
Ken Lay, founder of the US energy giant, begins his defence in the long-running fraud case against him over Enron's collapse in 2001. He is expected to blame subordinates.
TUESDAY 4 APRIL
French strike: Unions and students co-ordinate another national strike in protest at the controversial youth employment law.
Town for sale:
The Californian town of Bridgeville is up for auction on eBay - for the second time in four years.
WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL
British politics: Prime Minister Tony Blair and his presumed successor, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown launch the Labour party's campaign for local elections, amid continuing speculation of a rift.
THURSDAY 6 APRIL
The authorities in Nepal have vowed to halt the protests
Nepal protests: The multi-party opposition begins a four day strike in a major challenge to King Gyanendra, with a big rally planned for Saturday.
Nato in Africa: The Nato alliance holds high-level talks with seven Mediterranean partners in Rabat, Morocco, in what is thought to be its first meeting in an Arab country.
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
Africa famine: The UN launches an appeal for emergency assistance for the drought-stricken Horn of Africa.
SATURDAY 8 APRIL
Nepal rally: Opposition parties plan a big rally in protest at King Gyanendra's assumption of direct power last year. A similar event two months ago was met with arrests of political leaders and a dawn-to-dusk curfew.
China concert: The Rolling Stones will give their first performance in mainland China, in Shanghai. A previous attempt was cancelled three years ago because of outbreaks of the Sars virus.
SUNDAY 9 APRIL
Peru polls: The front-runner in the presidential election is former army officer Humala Ollanta, who led a failed military uprising in October 2000. His election would be a further headache for the Bush administration.
Hungary voting: The first round of parliamentary elections. The Socialist-led government is slightly ahead in recent opinion polls.
Italy elections: Voting starts in Italy's general election, ending the next day.
Iraq anniversary: The third anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Fardus Square, Baghdad - an event symbolising his overthrow by US forces.
This guide to the week ahead, published on Monday at 0800 GMT, is not intended as an exhaustive list, and the events noted may be cancelled or postponed.