AFP Americas News Agenda for May 29

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday:

+ US vice president in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO: US Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech in Brazil on the partnership between Washington and Brasilia, tours a research center of state-owned oil giant Petrobras and meets business leaders. Picture. Expect coverage (US-DIPLOMACY-TRADE-BRAZIL)


BRASILIA: Brazil's central bank to announce decision on its key interest rate. Expect coverage (BRAZIL-ECONOMY-RATE-INFLATION)

CHICAGO: US President Barack Obama headlines political fundraising events for the Democratic Party's 2014 congressional elections campaign. Coverage on merit (US-POLITICS-OBAMA)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland: The 86th annual National Spelling Bee continues, with 281 young contestants from eight nations participating. The finals, won for the past five years by Americans of South Asian heritage, take place Thursday (LIFESTYLE-US-EDUCATION-SPELLING)

WASHINGTON: US Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno speaks at the Atlantic Council think tank. 1430 GMT. Coverage on merit (US-MILITARY)

-- US Marine Major General Lee Miller, head of Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan, briefs reporters via video link. 1430 GMT. Coverage on merit (AFGHANISTAN-UNREST-US-NATO)

-- Air Force Secretary Michael Donley speaks at the US Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado. 1600 GMT. Coverage on merit (US-MILITARY)