AFP Americas News Agenda for March 28

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What's happening in the Americas on Thursday:

+ Arms trade treaty talks go to wire at UN

UNITED NATIONS: The 193 UN member states have until midnight (0400 GMT Friday) to reach an accord on a treaty regulating trade in conventional arms. Picture. (UN-WEAPONS-TREATY)


SAN FRANCISCO: The team behind the Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse announce the next flight of the high-tech plane, over the United States in May. 1700 GMT. Picture (US-FRANCE-SWITZERLAND-AEROSPACE-RENEWABLE-ENERGY-SOLAR)

UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council expected to vote on a resolution to set up a 2,500-strong intervention brigade in the conflict-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCONGO-UNREST-UN)

WASHINGTON: The United States gives its final economic growth estimate for the fourth quarter, previously put at a bare 0.1 percent. 1230 GMT (US-ECONOMY-GROWTH)

-- US President Barack Obama holds democracy and economics talks with Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma, Senegal's Macky Sall, Malawi's Joyce Banda and Cape Verde's Jose Maria Pereira Neves at the White House. Picture. Video (US-AFRICA-DIPLOMACY)

-- Brookings Institution experts ask if progress is possible in the Middle East peace process following Obama's visit to the region. 1400 GMT. Coverage on merit (US-PEACE-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS)