Americas News Agenda for February 27

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Thursday:

+ Kerry presents annual global human rights report

+ US first lady announces proposed food label changes

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry presents an annual US report documenting the state of human rights around the world. 1630 GMT. (US-RIGHTS)

WASHINGTON: First Lady Michelle Obama announces proposed changes to nutrition labels, aiming to help Americans eat more healthily and combat the obesity epidemic. 1600 GMT. (HEALTH-US-POLITICS-FOOD)


CARACAS: Monitoring the situation in Venezuela where protests have left at least 10 dead, in the biggest challenge to President Nicolas Maduro's rule since narrowly winning the vote last year to succeed socialist icon Hugo Chavez. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS-ECONOMY-PROTEST)

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Joint news conference at 1800 GMT. (US-GERMANY-)

-- US President Barack Obama holds a "My Brother's Keeper" event showcasing a new initiative in cooperation with corporations and foundations designed to widen economic opportunity for African American men. (US-POLITICS-RACE)

-- Chinese dissident Xia Yeliang delivers his first public address since fleeing to the United States at 1700 GMT at the Cato Institute think tank (US-CHINA-RIGHTS)

-- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on US economic conditions and monetary policy at a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee. 1500 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-BANK-CONGRESS)

-- The US Department of Commerce reports data on January orders of durable goods, manufactured products with a useful life generally intended of at least three years, such as cars, computers and aircraft. 1330 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-MANUFACTURING-DURABLE)

-- The US Department of Labor releases its weekly report on initial claims for unemployment insurance, a sign of the pace of layoffs. 1330 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-UNEMPLOYMENT-CLAIMS)