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Americas News Agenda for December 10

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Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday:

+ Uruguay poised to legalize marijuana in historic vote

+ Kerry testifies before Congress on Iran nuclear deal

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay is set to become the first country in the world to legalize marijuana -- part of a broad strategy to combat drug trafficking -- when the senate, dominated by the ruling leftist coalition, votes on a plan proposed by the president. (URUGUAY-POLITICS-CRIME-DRUGS)

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry is to urge US lawmakers not to impose new sanctions on Iran as world powers negotiate a full deal on its nuclear program. 1800 GMT (IRAN-POLITICS-NUCLEAR-US)

-- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

NEW YORK: The trial of Indonesian-born wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan continues, with prosecutors accusing him of masterminding a lucrative fraud that saw ordinary bottles passed off as expensive vintages. 1400 GMT. Picture (US-INDONESIA-CRIME-WINE-TRIAL)

WASHINGTON: The National Transportation Safety Board opens two days of hearings into the July 6 crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco airport that killed three people (a fourth was fatally struck by a fire engine) and injured 181 others. 1300 GMT. (US-SKOREA-AIR-ACCIDENT)

-- Special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins briefs lawmakers on his trip last week to the region as the US urges Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security deal on the presence of US troops post-2014. 1930 GMT. Expect coverage. (AFGHANISTAN-UNREST-US)

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