AFP Americas News Agenda for March 7

Duty Editor: Daniel Woolls

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What's happening in the Americas on Thursday:

+ UN Security Council to vote on N. Korea sanctions

+ Foreign leaders gather in Caracas for Chavez funeral

UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council to vote on a joint US-China resolution proposing tough new sanctions against North Korea for its February 12 nuclear test. Meeting expected to start at 1500 GMT (NKOREA-NUCLEAR-MILITARY-UN)

CARACAS: World leaders head to Caracas ahead of the Friday funeral of Hugo Chavez, whose death leaves Venezuela facing new elections just months after he won a new term. Picture. Video (VENEZUELA-POLITICS-CHAVEZ)


NEW YORK: Closing arguments in the week-long trial of suspended New York "cannibal cop" Gilberto Valle, who is accused of plotting to kidnap women he allegedly later planned to eat. Expect coverage (US-CRIME-TRIAL-CANNIBAL)

-- Monitoring court hearing for radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza, who was extradited from Britain to the United States and faces trial later this year (US-BRITAIN-COURT-ISLAM)

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook unveils a new version of its wall. 1800 GMT. Expect coverage (US-INTERNET-FACEBOOK)

WASHINGTON: US special representative for North Korea Glyn Davies testifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on US policy towards the isolated state. 1500 GMT. Expect coverage (NKOREA-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-US)

-- Generals from the US military's Africa Command and Transportation Command testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee with lawmakers expected to focus on steep budget cuts. 1430 GMT. Coverage on merit (US-MILITARY)

-- US Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on gun control proposals in wake of several mass shootings. Expect coverage (US-POLITICS-GUNS-CONGRESS)

-- The Commerce Department issues data on the US trade balance in January, expected to show the nation's trade deficit widened after a sharp drop in December. 1530 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-TRADE)

-- The Labor Department reports weekly initial claims for unemployment benefits, a sign of the pace of layoffs. 1530 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-UNEMPLOYMENT-CLAIMS)