AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Monday:


+ Britain denies hostage rescue attempt in Nigeria

+ 'Canadian Psycho' murder trial begins

+ Japan marks second tsunami anniversary

LAGOS: Following developments after Britain denies trying to rescue a national held hostage in Nigeria by Ansaru, a Nigerian Islamist group whose claim to have killed seven foreign hostages appeared true, Britain, Italy and Greece said over the weekend (NIGERIA-UNREST-KIDNAP)

MONTREAL: The most high-profile Canadian criminal case in years lands in a Montreal court as a former porn actor appears to face charges of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student. 1530 GMT (CANADA-CRIME-COURT-CHINA)

TOKYO: Japan marks the second anniversary of the March 2011 quake disaster. The national ceremony to start at 0530 GMT (JAPAN-DISASTER-ACCIDENT-NUCLEAR-ANNIVERSARY)


SEOUL: The United States and South Korea step up joint military drills amid high tensions sparked by North Korea's threats (NKOREA-SKOREA-NUCLEAR-MILITARY-UN)

NAIROBI: Kenya's defeated presidential hopeful Raila Odinga is expected to file, on Monday or in the coming days, a legal challenge to results that named his rival Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's new president elect (KENYA-VOTE)

DAMASCUS: Syrian jets bomb a key district in the central city of Homs after rebels launched a surprise assault on their former bastion, as the opposition postpones for the second time in weeks talks on the formation of an interim government (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

VATICAN: Cardinals gathered in Rome to elect the next pope conduct mass at local churches as part of ceremonies ahead of the conclave which is due to start Tuesday.(VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE)

NOUAKCHOTT/DAKAR/BAMAKO: Malian transition leader Dioncounda Traore wraps up a visit to Mauritania and heads to Dakar to meet Senegalese President Macky Sall as combat operations continue in Mali to rid the north of Islamist extremists (MALI-CONFLICT-MAURITANIA-SENEGAL)

TUNIS: Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly meets to draw up a calendar for adopting a much-delayed new constitution in a bid to help steer the country from a deep political crisis. 1300 GMT (TUNISIA-POLITICS-CONSTITUTION)

LONDON: Residents of the Falkland Islands start voting in a two-day referendum on their status as a British overseas territory. Polls open 1300 GMT (BRITAIN-ARGENTINA-FALKLANDS-REFERENDUM)

VIENNA: Independent historians issue a report about the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during Nazi rule and the exclusion, deportation and killing of Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. 1900 GMT (AUSTRIA-MUSIC-HISTORY-NAZI)