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AFP World News Agenda


What's happening around the world Thursday:


+ 127 dead after Bangladesh garment factory building collapses

+ Jobless figures for France, Spain expected to rise

+ Putin reaches out to nation with televised Q&A

DHAKA: Full coverage as rescue workers in Bangladesh hunt for survivors trapped in the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building where 127 people died and more than 1,000 were injured (BANGLADESH-DISASTER-BUILDING-CLOTHING)

PARIS/MADRID: France and Spain publish first-quarter unemployment figures. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has pointed to a slowdown in the rise in joblessness, which has passed 26 percent. 0700 GMT (SPAIN-UNEMPLOYMENT)

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a televised question and answer session with the nation at 0800 GMT dealing with everything from people's everyday problems to Moscow's deteriorating relations with Washington and its crackdown on human rights groups (RUSSIA-POLITICS)


JERUSALEM: Magistrates court begins hearing evidence in the trial of Israel's former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud. 0630 GMT (ISRAEL-POLITICS-LIEBERMAN-CORRUPTION-TRIAL)

ROME: Italian prime minister-designate Enrico Letta begins political talks to try to build a grand coalition to tackle a social and economic crisis in the eurozone's third largest economy (ITALY-POLITICS)

BAMAKO: Arrival in Mali of French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who heads to the battle-scarred northern city of Gao on Friday before going on to Niger and Chad. His visit comes with France beginning a phased withdrawal of 4,000 troops from its former colony (MALI-CONFLICT-QAEDA-FRANCE)

CAPE TOWN: Monitoring after peace icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu checked into a South African hospital on Wednesday for treatment and tests related to an ongoing infection (SAFRICA-RELIGION-HEALTH-PEOPLE-TUTU)

BRUNEI: Southeast Asian leaders are set to wrap up a two-day summit dominated by efforts to defuse tensions over the South China Sea and deepen economic links throughout the region (ASEAN-SUMMIT)

DALLAS, Texas: The George W. Bush presidential library is inaugurated in Texas, with President Barack Obama and all living ex-presidents in attendance (US-POLITICS-HISTORY-BUSH)