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AFP Americas News Agenda for April 11


Duty Editor: Daniel Woolls

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What's happening in the Americas on Thursday:

+ President Obama hosts UN chief Ban

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama hosts United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the White House. Picture (US-DIPLOMACY-UN)


CARACAS: Monitoring campaigning in the run-up to Venezuela's presidential election, pitting acting leader Nicolas Maduro against opposition rival Henrique Capriles in the race to replace Hugo Chavez (VENEZUELA-VOTE)

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

-- Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies in Congress on the White House's budget proposal. 1400 GMT and again at 1800 GMT. Picture (US-ECONOMY-POLITICS-BUDGET)

-- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify in Congress on the Pentagon budget and the situation in Syria. 1400 GMT, 1830 GMT. Picture (US-ECONOMY-BUDGET-MILITARY, SYRIA-CONFLICT-US)

-- Senate confirmation hearing for Philip Breedlove, nominated to serve as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander. 1330 GMT. Picture (US-NATO-MILITARY-DEFENSE-COMMAND)