AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world Sunday:


+ Venezuelans vote for Chavez successor

+ Kerry due in Japan for N. Korea talks

+ Croatia in first vote for EU deputies

CARACAS: Venezuela goes to the polls for a presidential election pitting acting leader Nicolas Maduro against opposition rival Henrique Capriles in the race to replace Hugo Chavez (VENEZUELA-VOTE)

TOKYO: US Secretary of State John Kerry due in Tokyo for talks on North Korea which has threatened Japan with nuclear attack if it shoots down any North Korean missile. Due to meet with his counterpart Fumio Kishida (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-JAPAN-MILITARY)

ZAGREB: Croatians elect their first European Parliament deputies, as the former Yugoslav republic counts down to joining the European Union on July 1. Polling stations open at 0500 GMT and close at 1700 GMT. Picture. Video (CROATIA-EU-ENLARGE-PARLIAMENT-VOTE)


SEQUEDIN, France: Police hunt Redoine Faid, one of France's most dangerous gangsters, after he blasted his way out of jail (FRANCE-CRIME)

LONDON: Preparations continue in Britain for the elaborate funeral on Wednesday of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher (BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER)

CAIRO: Monitoring after the judge in the retrial of deposed president Hosni Mubarak recuses himself, causing the case to collapse (EGYPT-POLITICS-TRIAL-MUBARAK)

DAMASCUS: Tracking security situation across Syria as fighting continues, particularly in the north of the country (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

ALGIERS: South African President Jacob Zuma visits for talks with his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the crises in Mali and the Central African Republic, as well as the security situation in the Sahel and North Africa (to April 15) (ALGERIA-SAFRICA-MALI-SAHEL-SECURITY-POLITICS)

COTONOU: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad begins a state visit to Benin to boost bilateral cooperation as part of an African tour that will also take in Niger, one of the world's top uranium producers, and Ghana. From 1500 GMT. Picture (BENIN-IRAN-DIPLOMACY)

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meets in Jeddah to discuss violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar (SAUDI-MYANMAR-RELIGION-UNREST-OIC)

SHANGHAI: Formula One. British driver Lewis Hamilton starts in pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix. At 0700 GMT (AUTO-PRIX-CHN)

LONDON: English Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea meet at London's Wembley Stadium in the second FA Cup final semi-final. Kick-off 1600 GMT. Picture (FBL-ENG-FACUP)