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AFP Middle East & North Africa news agenda

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Middle East & North Africa focus on Tuesday:

+ Kerry visits Qatar on Gulf tour

+ Syrian rebels score biggest victory

-- TOP STORY --

DOHA: John Kerry visits Qatar on day three of his maiden Gulf tour as US secretary of state, with the Syrian conflict and Iran's disputed nuclear programme topping the agenda. Picture (US-GULF-DIPLOMACY-POLITICS)

DAMASCUS: Syrian rebels overrun the northern city of Raqa, securing their biggest victory on the battlefield since the outbreak of a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad almost two years ago. Picture (SYRIA-CONFLICT-WRAP)

-- OTHER ITEMS --

ANKARA: Jordan's King Abdullah II visits Ankara for talks with Turkish officials on the Syrian crisis and its impact on the two neighbouring states. Picture (SYRIA-CONFLICT-TURKEY-JORDAN)

CAIRO: Arab League foreign ministers meeting. (ARAB-DIPLOMACY)

- Verdict expected in trial of a policeman who allegedly targeted demonstrators in the eyes during deadly clashes in the centre of the Egyptian capital in 2011. (EGYPT-UNREST-TRIAL)

GENEVA: The 22nd session of the UN's Human Rights Council continues. The session, running to March 22, is to address violations in countries including Syria, North Korea and Mali, as well as the issue of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. (starts 0800 GMT) (UN-RIGHTS)

JERUSALEM: Tracking negotiations to form a new coalition government, as Netanyahu faces a two-week ultimatum to complete the task. (ISRAEL-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT)

TEHRAN: Weekly press conference of Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast. (from 0630 GMT) (IRAN-POLITICS-DIPOMACY)

TUNIS: Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh continues consultations to form a new government, as Tunisian authorities hunt for the killer of opposition leader Chokri Belaid. (TUNISIA-POLITICS-UNREST)

VIENNA: UN atomic agency's 35-nation board of governors meeting continues with Iran's nuclear programme and a possible new term for Japanese director general Yukiya Amano on the agenda. (0900 GMT) (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-IAEA)

WASHINGTON: Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak in Washington to attend the annual conference of pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and meet with senior US officials. Barak is to return to Israel on Wednesday. (ISRAEL-US-DIPLOMACY-DEFENCE)

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