AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Wednesday:


+ Cyprus in major push to reopen banks on Thursday

+ Arab League ends summit focused on Syria conflict

+ BRICS leaders to unveil development bank

NICOSIA: Cyprus is waging a "superhuman effort" to reopen banks on Thursday, the central bank chief said, after the government won a 10-billion-euro (13 billion dollar) rescue package. The banks were closed to prevent a run on deposits that could send the island into financial meltdown (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

In Athens, the Cypriot bank branches in Greece are set to open as of 0700 GMT after Greece's third lender, Piraeus bank, signed an agreement to acquire all their deposits, loans and branches (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-GREECE)

DOHA: The Arab League concludes its two-day summit, at which opponents of President Bashar al-Assad represented Syria for the first time, after the bloc suspended Damascus' membership over its deadly crackdown on dissent (ARAB-SUMMIT-QATAR-SYRIA-CONFLICT)

DURBAN, South Africa: Second and final day of the BRICS summit from 0530 GMT with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa set to unveil details of a development bank to be set up (SAFRICA-SUMMIT-BRICS)


SEOUL: Monitoring after North Korea put "strategic" rocket units on a war footing, with a fresh threat to strike targets on the US mainland, Hawaii and Guam, as well as South Korea (NKOREA-US-SKOREA-MILITARY)

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

BANGUI: Central African rebels crack down on looters in the capital Bangui as strongman Michel Djotodia prepares to appoint a government following a coup that ousted Francois Bozize (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)

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)

ROME: Italian leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani wraps up talks aimed at forming a government with meetings planned from 0900 GMT with the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement of Beppe Grillo and ending with his Democratic Party (ITALY-POLITICS)

THE HAGUE: Bosnian Serb war crimes suspects Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin face judgement before the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal for their roles in a campaign to rid Bosnia of Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs and place them in detention camps early in the Balkan country's bloody 1992-95 war. Hearing starts at 1430 GMT (WARCRIMES-BOSNIA-SERBIA-STANISIC)

PARIS: US Secretary of State John Kerry has a breakfast meeting at 0700 GMT with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on his way back to Washington after a visit to Afghanistan (FRANCE-US-DIPLOMACY)

MOSCOW: A Moscow court at 0700 GMT resumes the trial of the late lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in detention after revealing an alleged $230 million state fraud scheme in a case that has strained Russia's relations with the United States (RUSSIA-JUSTICE-RIGHTS-TRIAL)