AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Tuesday:


+ Syria threatens to hit back after Israel raids

+ Obama, S. Korea's Park to meet at White House

+ Kerry in Moscow for talks with President Putin

DAMASCUS: The Syrian regime threatens Israel with retaliation for air raids on and near Damascus that killed more than 40 soldiers according to figures obtained by a watchdog. Picture. Video (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

WASHINGTON: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye meets at the White House with President Barack Obama for talks expected to focus on tensions with North Korea. Picture. Video (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY-SUMMIT)

MOSCOW: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at 1000 GMT amid a range of disputes ranging from their opposing views on Syria to Washington's discontent over the Kremlin's crackdown on dissent. Picture. Video. (RUSSIA-US-DIPLOMACY)


DHAKA: Reporting on tensions in Bangladesh after police break up a protest by tens of thousands of religious hardliners and shut down Islamist television stations as dozens die in some of the fiercest street violence for decades (BANGLADESH-POLITICS-UNREST-RELIGION)

ISLAMABAD: Reporting on the growing death toll in Pakistan in the run-up to historic elections on Saturday after 18 people were killed in the most deadly attack so far during the campaign (PAKISTAN-UNREST-VOTE)

LOS ANGELES: Following the wrongful death trial pitting Michael Jackson's 82-year-old mother against concert promoter AEG Live. She accuses AEG of negligently hiring Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted two years ago over the singer's 2009 death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. From 1700 GMT. (ENTERTAINMENT-US-MUSIC-JACKSON-TRIAL)

LONDON: Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and British Prime Minister David Cameron host an international conference on Somalia, aimed at building political stability in the country. Around 50 countries and organisations will be represented. No timings announced. Picture. Video. (SOMALIA-AID-BRITAIN)

ROME: Private funeral for seven-time former prime minister Giulio Andreotti at his local parish church in central Rome with political and religious figures expected. (ITALY-POLITICS)

MONTEVIDEO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro begins a Latin American tour that will take him to Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil, all members of the Mercosur regional trading bloc along with Caracas. Picture. (URUGUAY-VENEZUELA-ECONOMY-TRADE-MERCOSUR)

WASHINGTON: Experts discuss the challenges of landing people on Mars, and the medical challenges of helping them survive there, during a conference at George Washington University. 1400 GMT (US-SPACE-MARS)

STOCKHOLM: The world's first museum dedicated to Sweden's iconic disco group ABBA opens in Stockholm, offering visitors a chance to bond with the 1970s foursome with a little help from modern technology. Doors open at 0800 GMT. Picture. (ENTERTAINMENT-SWEDEN-MUSIC-ABBA-MUSEUM-TOURISM)