AFP Americas News Agenda for November 20

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday:

+ Obama honors JFK as 50th anniversary of his assassination nears

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton visit the tomb of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Obama also gives a speech at a dinner for recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which JFK established. Picture. Video. (US-KENNEDY-50YEARS-OBAMA)


CHICAGO: Governor Pat Quinn signs a bill into law making Illinois the 16th US state to legalize gay marriage. 2130 GMT. Expect coverage (US-GAY-MARRIAGE-ILLINOIS)

LOS ANGELES: Press preview day at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Picture (US-AUTO-SHOW)

WASHINGTON: National Security Adviser Susan Rice delivers a speech on US policy toward Asia at Georgetown University. 1815 GMT. Picture. (US-ASIA-DIPLOMACY)

-- The US China Economic and Security Review Commission releases its annual report to Congress on the relationship between the two countries. 1400 GMT. (US-CHINA-POLITICS-TRADE)

-- US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Minister Chuck Hagel meet Australian counterparts Julie Bishop and David Johnston for annual Australia-US ministerial. Wreath-laying at 1330 GMT. Joint news conference and statement signing at 1930 GMT. Expect coverage (US-AUSTRALIA-DIPLOMACY)

-- Kerry takes part in a panel on the sharing of information about threats and crises with the private sector. Expect coverage (US-ATTACKS-BUSINESS)

-- The Federal Reserve publishes the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held October 29-30. 1900 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-BANK-RATE-MINUTES)

-- The US Department of Commerce releases data on retail sales in October. 1330 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-RETAIL-SALES)

-- The US Department of Labor reports on consumer prices in October. 1330 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-INFLATION-CONSUMER)

-- The National Association of Realtors publishes data on October sales of previously owned homes, so-called "existing homes". 1500 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-HOUSING-PROPERTY-SALES-EXISTING)