It can’t be as bad as 2020, can it? A new year brings fresh promise and fresh uncertainty. Here are some of the principal events expected in 2021.
A judge at the Old Bailey hands down her ruling in the extradition case against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who is wanted by the US on charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
MH17 trial begins in the Netherlands of four people accused of shooting down an airliner over Ukraine, killing 298.
The men’s Six Nations rugby championship kicks off for England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales (until 20 March).
Berlin film festival becomes first to define its performance prizes in a gender-neutral manner, eliminating the categories of best actor and best actress.
The UK marks one year since the first confirmed coronavirus death in the country and the beginning of the UK’s first lockdown (24 March).
Pope Francis is due to make his first international visit in 15 months, becoming the first pontiff to visit Iraq (5-8 March).
Slovenia assumes presidency of the council of the EU.
On what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, unveil a statue in her honour at Kensington Palace.
100th anniversary of founding of Chinese Communist party.
Hong Kong holds delayed polls for its legislative council, the first since Beijing imposed its new restrictive national security law on the territory.
UN general assembly opens.
Ryder Cup begins in Wisconsin, US (until 26 September).
Japan’s parliamentary elections.
T20 cricket World Cup, India.
Nobel prizes are announced.