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AFP Americas News Agenda for March 15


Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Friday:

+ Romney speaks to US conservatives

+ Chavez body moved to Venezuela museum

WASHINGTON: Former US presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual three-day gathering attracting thousands of right-of-center activists. Picture (US-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES)

CARACAS: The body of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is moved from a Caracas military academy to a barracks-turned-museum. Procession from 1430 GMT. Picture. Video (VENEZUELA-POLITICS-CHAVEZ)


ARGONNE, Illinois: US President Barack Obama travels to Illinois to deliver a speech on US energy policy. Picture. Expect coverage (US-POLITICS-ENERGY)

AUSTIN, Texas: The annual South by Southwest festival continues, highlighting new technologies, film and music. Picture. Coverage on merit (LIFESTYLE-US-IT-INTERNET-MUSIC-FILM-SXSW)

MONTREAL: Day three of a visit to Canada by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Picture. Expect coverage (CANADA-FRANCE-POLITICS)

-- A preliminary hearing continues in the gruesome case of the so-called "Canadian Psycho," a former porn actor accused of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student. 1330 GMT. Coverage on merit (CANADA-CRIME-COURT-CHINA)

WASHINGTON: The Labor Department reports on US consumer prices in February, which are expected to have climbed 0.5 percent after registering no change in January. 1230 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-INFLATION-CONSUMER)

-- The Federal Reserve reports on US industrial production in February, including data on manufacturing, mining and utilities. 1315 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-OUTPUT)