AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world Wednesday:


+ Napolitano 'expected' to announce Italy prime minister

+ Boston bombing probe moves forward

+ Trial of Russia opposition leader Navalny resumes

ROME: Newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is expected to announce his choice of prime minister, ending a two-month deadlock on forming a new government (ITALY-POLITICS)

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Investigators work to unravel the deadly Boston marathon bombings after charging 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the attacks (US-ATTACKS)

KIROV, Russia: Russian court resumes trial of protest leader Alexei Navalny on embezzlement charges he has denounced as ordered by President Vladimir Putin, after the first hearing was swiftly adjourned last week to allow the defence more time to prepare. From 0500 GMT (RUSSIA-POLITICS-TRIAL-RIGHTS)


RIYADH: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Saudi Arabia, as part of a regional tour, his first since becoming Pentagon chief two months ago (SAUDI-US-DIPLOMACY-DEFENCE)

TRIPOLI: Libyan authorities, backed up by French security officials, investigate a car bomb blast that hit the French embassy, injuring two guards and damaging the building in the first attack on a foreign mission in Libya since the US consulate in Benghazi was stormed by militants last September (LIBYA-FRANCE-UNREST-EMBASSY)

DAMASCUS: Concern mounts over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria and the kidnapping of two Syrian bishops, reportedly by Chechen fighters, as rebels battle regime and Hezbollah forces in Homs province (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

BRUSSELS: Three-way talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Kayani (US-AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-CONFLICT-DIPLOMACY)

NEW YORK: Aerospace giant Boeing reports highly anticipated first-quarter earnings as investors await to see the impact of the 787 Dreamliner grounding since mid-January due to battery problems. At 1130 GMT (US-AEROSPACE-COMPANY-EARNINGS-BOEING)

BRUNEI: Leaders from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) begin a two-day summit expected to focus on healing wounds from damaging infighting over China while deepening regional trade ties. Summit starts with dinner at 1200 GMT (ASEAN-SUMMIT)

KABUL: Reporting as Afghan village elders negotiate with the Taliban to try to win the release of a group of foreign hostages kidnapped after their helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing (AFGHANISTAN-TURKEY-UNREST)