AFP Americas News Agenda for March 18

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Monday:

UNITED NATIONS: The UN launches a last-chance bid to agree on a treaty to regulate the global conventional arms trade. Through March 28. Picture (UN-WEAPONS-TREATY)


LOS ANGELES: Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German accused of killing his ex-landlord in 1985 and passing himself off as a member of the storied Rockefeller family, goes on trial. 1630 GMT. Expect coverage. Picture (US-CRIME-MURDER-GERMAN)

-- Lindsay Lohan faces trial for allegedly lying about a car crash in her Porsche last June, and for violating probation over a jewelry theft, in the US star's latest brush with the law. 1530 GMT. Expect coverage. Picture (ENTERTAINMENT-US-FILM-LOHAN-COURT)

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council holds consultations on the humanitarian situation in Mali as France and African nations battle militants. Meeting starts at 1400 GMT. Coverage on merit. (MALI-CONFLICT-UN)

WASHINGTON: The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, speaks about "the future of the Gulf" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. 1600 GMT. Coverage on merit. (US-MILITARY-GULF)