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AFP Middle East & North Africa news agenda

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Middle East & North Africa focus on Friday:

+ Obama ends Israel, West Bank visits, heads to Jordan

-- TOP STORY --

JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM, Palestinian territories: US President Barack Obama winds up his historic trip to Israel and the West Bank with a visit to the Jewish state's national cemetery at Mount Herzl (0700 GMT) and the nearby Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial before visiting the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (0900 GMT). At 1300 GMT, he flies out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport to Jordan. Picture. Video. Graphic (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-US-DIPLOMACY-OBAMA)

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AMMAN: US President Barack Obama visits Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II. Palace says arrival after 1300 GMT, news conference between 1500 GMT and 1600 GMT. (JORDAN-US-DIPLOMACY-OBAMA)

BERLIN: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki wraps up two-day visit to Berlin by meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel, as Germany seeks to boost support for the turmoil-wracked birthplace of the Arab Spring revolutions. Picture (GERMANY-TUNISIA-DIPLOMACY)

CAIRO: Opposition activists protest outside the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters, almost a week after they clashed with Islamists and police guarding the buildings. (EGYPT-DEMO-ISLAMISTS)

DAMASCUS: Tracking after the United Nations said it will launch an independent investigation into whether chemical weapons have been used in the Syria conflict. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

- Tracking the reaction of Syrian regime to US President Barack Obama's call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council wraps up its month-long sitting, with votes expected on a number of resolutions, including on the extension of a UN probe into rights abuses in Syria. Session starts at 0800 GMT. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-UN-RIGHTS)

LAAYOUNE: UN envoy Christopher Ross visits the Western Sahara, his second trip to the disputed territory since being appointed in 2009, on a new tour aimed at reviving stalled peace talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front separatists. (MOROCCO-WSAHARA-UNREST-UN)

TUNIS: Organisers of the World Social Forum, a meeting of the "alter-globalisation" movement which begins in Tunis on Tuesday and casts itself as a rival to the World Economic Forum, hold a news conference at 0900 GMT. (TUNISIA-POLITICS-ECONOMY-SOCIAL)

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