AFP Americas News Agenda for March 21

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Thursday:

WASHINGTON: Senior State Department officials testify before a congressional committee on the US "pivot" towards Asia. 1430 GMT. Picture. (US-ASIA-DIPLOMACY)


LOS ANGELES: Trial of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German accused of killing his ex-landlord in 1985 and passing himself off as a member of the storied Rockefeller family. Coverage on merit. File Picture. (US-CRIME-MURDER-GERMAN)

WASHINGTON: NASA press conference to present findings of Planck space telescope, operated by the European Space Agency. 1500 GMT. (US-EUROPE-SPACE-ASTRONOMY)

-- The Labor Department releases weekly data on new US claims for unemployment benefits, an indicator of the pace of layoffs. 1230 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-UNEMPLOYMENT-CLAIMS)

-- The National Association of Realtors publishes US existing-home sales date for February. 1400 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-HOUSING-PROPERTY-SALES-EXISTING)

-- Actor Matthew Perry testifies in favor of funding for drug courts before a congressional committee. 1330 GMT. (US-CRIME-DRUGS-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-PEOPLE)

-- Experts and former officials discuss the Iraq war in a panel organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace marking the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion. 1300 GMT. (IRAQ-WAR-10YEARS-US)