AFP Americas News Agenda for April 29

Duty Editor: Veronika Oleksyn

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What's happening in the Americas on Monday:

+ Opening arguments at Michael Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES: Lawyers make opening arguments at a trial at which Michael Jackson's mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, promoter of his doomed last concert tour. From 1700 GMT. Picture. (ENTERTAINMENT-US-MUSIC-JACKSON-TRIAL)


MONTREAL: A Canadian judge is due to set a trial date for Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student last year. Expect coverage. 1500 GMT. File picture (CANADA-CRIME-COURT-CHINA)

WASHINGTON: The Department of Commerce releases data on consumer spending and income in March. 1230 GMT. Expect coverage. (US-ECONOMY-CONSUMER-SPENDING-INCOME)

-- The National Association of Realtors publishes March data on pending US home sales, an indicator of the direction of the housing market. 1400 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-HOUSING-PROPERTY-SALES-PENDING)

-- The Holocaust Memorial Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary at a ceremony attended by former president Bill Clinton, writer Elie Wiesel and German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere. 1400 GMT. Coverage on merit. Picture (US-MUSEUM-HISTORY-WWII-HOLOCAUST)

-- US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Arab League members to discuss the Syrian civil war. 1900 GMT. Picture. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-US-ARABS)

-- US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera. Expect coverage. 1800 GMT. Picture (US-JAPAN-MILITARY)