AFP Americas News Agenda for March 8

Duty Editor: Daniel Woolls

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What's happening in the Americas on Friday:

+ State funeral for Venezuela's Chavez

+ US February jobs data due

CARACAS: World leaders attend funeral of Hugo Chavez, whose death leaves Venezuela facing new elections just months after he won a new term. Ceremony due to start at 1430 GMT. Picture. Video (VENEZUELA-POLITICS-CHAVEZ)

WASHINGTON: The Labor Department releases its February jobs report, expected to show the US unemployment rate was 7.9 percent for the second straight month and the country added a modest 165,000 jobs. 1530 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-UNEMPLOYMENT)


ARLINGTON, Virginia: The remains of two crew members from the Civil War ship the USS Monitor will be interred in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, 151 years after the iron-clad ship sank in a storm. 2100 GMT. Expect coverage (US-HISTORY-MILITARY)

AUSTIN, Texas: Opening day of South by Southwest, annual fair highlighting new technologies. Expect coverage (LIFESTYLE-US-IT-INTERNET-MUSIC-FILM-SXSW)

WASHINGTON: The State Department hosts its first ever tweet-up for the annual International Women of Courage award with US Secretary of State John Kerry and First Lady Michelle Obama. 2000 GMT. Expect coverage (US-DIPLOMACY-WOMEN-INTERNET-TECHNOLOGY)