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AFP World News Agenda

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What's happening around the world Tuesday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Boston bombing probe moves on after suspect charged

+ Bail hearing for Canada train plot suspects

+ French gay marriage bill up for final vote

+ Hunt for foreigners held by Taliban after helicopter emergency

+ Italy's Napolitano in fresh bid to form government

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Investigators work to unravel the deadly Boston marathon bombings, one day after US authorities file federal charges against wounded 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is recovering in hospital (US-ATTACKS)

OTTAWA: Two men accused of involvement in what Canadian federal police say was a plot backed by Al-Qaeda to derail a passenger train appear in court for a bail hearing (CANADA-US-ATTACKS-QAEDA-IRAN)

PARIS: France's National Assembly is set to approve a bill on legalising gay marriage and adoption. Opponents and supporters are to hold demonstrations. Vote scheduled for around 1500 GMT (FRANCE-GAY-MARRIAGE-POLITICS)

KABUL: Reporting after Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents seized 11 civilians including eight Turks following an emergency landing by their helicopter (AFGHANISTAN-TURKEY-RUSSIA-UNREST)

ROME: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is expected to hold consultations with the main parties on forming a new government as the badly-divided leftist Democratic Party holds a crucial meeting starting at 1500 GMT (ITALY-POLITICS)

----- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS -----

BRUSSELS: NATO foreign ministers meet for the first time in the presence of new US State Secretary John Kerry. From 0700 GMT. NATO-Russia Council also gathers 0945 GMT (NATO-US-DIPLOMACY)

ISLAMABAD Arrested former Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf appears in a Rawalpindi court to face charges of conspiracy to murder opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007. In Islamabad, the Supreme Court continues hearing petitions seeking that Musharraf be charged with treason for imposing emergency law during his rule (PAKISTAN-UNREST-VOTE-POLITICS-MUSHARRAF)

JERUSALEM/AMMAN/RIYADH: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 0600 GMT before heading to Amman for a brief stopover and then heading to Riyadh to meet top Saudi officials (ISRAEL-US-DIPLOMACY-DEFENCE)

LUXEMBOURG/DAMASCUS: European Union foreign ministers ease an oil embargo against Syria with the aim of helping rebels fighting the forces of President Bashar al-Assad who says the country's "main battle" at present is raging in the Qusayr area, close to the Lebanese border (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Rescue workers search for wounded and displaced by heavy clashes in a remote Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad. Officials say the gun battles between soldiers and Islamist militants at the weekend killed dozens of people and left scores of homes destroyed in the town of Baga (NIGERIA-UNREST)

LONDON: The only authorised biography of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is published, two weeks after her death at the age of 87 (BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER-LITERATURE)

BEIJING: Full coverage as clogged roads, debris and landslides impede rescuers battling to find survivors of a powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake in mountainous southwest China that has left at least 192 dead (CHINA-QUAKE)

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