AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Thursday:


+ Francis I becomes first Latin American pope

+ China to name Xi Jinping as new president

+ EU summit to tackle jobs, growth

VATICAN CITY: Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, spends his first day as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. The 76-year-old is the Church's first Latin American pope. Picture. Video. Graphic. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE)

BEIJING: China's parliament is to name Xi Jinping as the country's new president, formalising his leadership of the world's most populous nation four months after he took charge of its ruling Communist Party (CHINA-POLITICS-CONGRESS-NPC-PRESIDENT)

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders begin a two-day summit at 1600 GMT, against a backdrop of anti-austerity protests. The talks include a late-night eurozone-only meeting, leading into a gathering of eurozone finance ministers on Friday night -- aiming to nail the terms for a bailout of Cyprus. Picture. Video. (EU-SUMMIT)


JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moves forward after reaching agreement over the shape of his new government by resolving an 11th-hour crisis with a key centrist partner. (ISRAEL-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT)

TUNIS: Tunisia's new Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh starts his first day on the job as he seeks to bring an end the political and economic crisis gripping the country. Picture. Video. (TUNISIA-POLITICS)

- In SOUK JEMAA, Tunisia: Funeral for an impoverished street vendor who died after setting himself on fire in a desperate protest over the economy.

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama returns to Capitol Hill for meetings that aim break an impasse with Congress over the US budget deficit. Picture (US-POLITICS-ECONOMY)

WASHINGTON: The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) begins an annual three-day gathering attracting thousands of right-of-center activists, with speakers to include former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (US-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES)

HONG KONG: Man Asian Literary Prize, Asia's most prestigious literary prize, featuring five books including a debut novel and a work by a Nobel laureate, announces its 2012 winner. From 1130GMT (LIFESTYLE-ASIA-PRIZE-LITERATURE)

GAO/BAMAKO: French soldiers engaged in northern Mali continue their operations north of the Ifoghas mountains to flush out Islamist fighters near the Algerian border. Picture. Video. (MALI-CONFLICT-FRANCE-QAEDA)

CAPE TOWN: Nelson Mandela's former apartheid prison, the Robben Island Museum announces a new project known as Mandela 27, focusing on the role of culture in bringing about all-race democracy. From 1100 GMT. (SAFRICA-PEOPLE-CULTURE-MANDELA)