AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Friday:


+ EU leaders turn summit focus to Russia

+ Pope Francis holds audience at start of reign

+ Two years since outbreak of Syria revolt

BRUSSELS: EU leaders hold a second and final day of summit talks from 0900 GMT, with attention turning to relations with Russia. Pictures. Video. (EU-SUMMIT-)

-- The meeting is followed by an extraordinary gathering of eurozone finance ministers, from 1600 GMT, aiming to nail a long-delayed bailout for Cyprus, the fifth country from the single currency area to request financial assistance from partners. Pictures. Video. (FINANCE-PUBLIC-DEBT-EUROZONE-CYPRUS)

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis meets the cardinals who elected him at an audience in the Vatican as Latin America's first pontiff begins his reign. Starts at 1000 GMT. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE). Picture. Video. Graphics.

DAMASCUS: Two years since peaceful anti-regime protest in Syria quickly morphed into civil war after a deadly government crackdown on demonstrators, becoming a conflict the UN says has claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)


BEIJING: Li Keqiang is set to be named premier of China at the annual parliamentary gathering in a final step of a carefully planned once-a-decade power handover (CHINA-POLITICS-CONGRESS-NPC-PRESIDENT)

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan: NASA's Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin are set to fly back to Earth from the International Space Station. They are scheduled to land at 0357 GMT near the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan. The landing is subject to confirmation as it could be postponed due to poor weather conditions. Picture. (RUSSIA-US-SPACE-ISS)

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)

NAIROBI: Kenya's defeated presidential hopeful Raila Odinga presents a legal challenge to results that named his rival Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's new president elect, after a vote marred by allegations of rigging. (KENYA-VOTE)