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AFP Americas News Agenda for May 15


Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

Tel: +1 202 414 0541

What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday:

+ US attorney general before Congress on AP phone records

+ Britain's Prince Harry wraps up US tour with polo match

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House oversight panel amid an outcry over revelations that his Department of Justice secretly procured the telephone records of dozens of journalists. 1700 GMT. Picture (US-MEDIA-INDUSTRY-JUSTICE-AP)

GREENWICH, Connecticut: Britain's Prince Harry wraps up a trip to the United States with a polo match in Connecticut to benefit his charity Sentebale. Picture. Video (US-BRITAIN-ROYALS-HARRY-PEOPLE)


CHICAGO: A firefighter involved in rescue and recovery efforts after a deadly blast at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas appears in court on charges of possessing bomb-making materials. Coverage on merit (US-BLAST-PROBE)

LOS ANGELES: O.J. Simpson set to testify in Las Vegas court, seeking to be retried for a September 2007 casino hotel robbery on grounds that his longtime lawyer had botched his defense. From 1600 GMT. Picture (US-TRIAL-SIMPSON)

NEW YORK: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who is alleged to have been the late Al-Qaeda founder's propaganda chief and stands accused of conspiring to kill Americans, appears in court for a pre-trial hearing. 2030 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ATTACKS-QAEDA-COURT)

-- French sailor Francois Joyon gives press conference before his latest attempt at a solo trans-Atlantic crossing record. 1300 GMT. Expect coverage (US-FRANCE-SAILING-RECORD-JOYON)

-- Christie's holds its big spring sale of contemporary art. Expect coverage (LIFESTYLE-US-ART-AUCTION-CHRISTIES)

-- American and Iranian wrestlers stage an exhibition match in Grand Central Terminal. Monitoring (WRESTLING-USA-IRI)

SAN FRANCISCO: Google developers conference kicks off in San Francisco with keynote promising announcements about Android software for smartphones and tablets as well as the Chrome operating system (US-IT-INTERNET-GOOGLE)

UNITED NATIONS: Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf start a high-level panel meeting on the global aid targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. The leaders are to make comments to the press at 1500 GMT (UN-AID-ECONOMY-POLITICS)

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Labor publishes its April producer price index, an indicator of wholesale inflation. 1230 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-INFLATION-WHOLESALE)

-- The Federal Reserve releases data on the nation's industrial production in April. 1315 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-OUTPUT)

-- Senior State and Treasury Department officials testify before Congress on sanctions imposed on Iran. 1400 GMT (US-IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-SANCTIONS)

-- Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa addresses a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at 1345 GMT (US-INDONESIA-DIPLOMACY)