Americas News Agenda for March 12

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday:

+ Obama hosts Ukraine PM amid Crimea crisis

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama holds crisis talks with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk amid a tense standoff with Russia over control of Crimea. Yatsenyuk will also meet lawmakers and officials at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Picture. Video. (UKRAINE-RUSSIA-POLITICS-UNREST-US)


INDIAN WELLS, California: Tennis. ATP & WTA tournaments at Indian Wells. Through Sunday.(TENNIS-ATP-WTA-USA)

NEW YORK: Monitoring the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith. Proceedings are expected to continue for most of the month of March. Coverage on merit. (US-ATTACKS-QAEDA-TRIAL-AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN)

SANTIAGO: South American foreign ministers meet to set up a group to encourage political dialogue in Venezuela, where 21 people have died in five weeks of anti-government protests. Expect coverage. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS-ECONOMY-PROTESTS-DIPLOMACY)

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry testifies to lawmakers in the House and Senate about the administration's 2015 budget request. 1400 GMT. Expect coverage. (US-DIPLOMACY-BUDGET)

-- Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 1330 GMT. Coverage on merit. (US-AFGHANISTAN-MILITARY-UNREST)

-- Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. 1330 GMT. (US-ECONOMY)

-- Seiji Maehara, a former foreign minister and senior figure in the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, speaks at the Center for American Progress at 1900 GMT (US-JAPAN-DIPLOMACY)

-- US Navy and Marine Corps chiefs appear before the House Armed Services Committee on the defense budget. 1400 GMT. Coverage on 1400 GMT. (US-MILITARY-BUDGET)