AFP Americas News Agenda for March 27

Duty Editor: Joseph Krauss

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What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday:

+ US top court wraps up gay marriage hearings

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court for a second day considers the thorny issue of legalizing gay marriage, as supporters and opponents demonstrate outside. 1400 GMT. Picture. Video (US-JUSTICE-GAY-MARRIAGE)


NEW YORK: Auto industry executives speak at the New York auto show. Expect coverage (US-AUTO)

UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council to hold closed consultations on the Mali conflict and new UN recommendations for a UN peacekeeping force in the country. Meeting starts at 1400 GMT (MALI-CONFLICT-UN)

WASHINGTON: Lobsang Nyandak, the North American representative of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, speaks at 1630 GMT at a Chinese pro-democracy group in Washington amid a spate of Tibetan self-immolations (US-CHINA-TIBET-RIGHTS)

-- Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine to give a speech on US efforts to counter violent extremism. 1600 GMT. Coverage on merit.