Americas News Agenda for April 8

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion

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What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday:

+ IMF issues global economic outlook

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund releases its twice-yearly World Economic Outlook report, including updated forecasts for economic growth, ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington later in the week. 1300 GMT. Picture. Video. Graphic (IMF-ECONOMY-GROWTH-FORECAST-INDICATOR)


MONTREAL: Monitoring developments after voters in Quebec elect a new government in the French-speaking province. Picture. Video (CANADA-VOTE-QUEBEC)

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Department's budget. He is expected to face questions on Ukraine and the Middle East peace process. 1400 GMT. Picture. Video (US-DIPLOMACY-BUDGET)

-- USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies before Congress on the US international development agency's budget. Lawmakers are set to query him on ZunZuneo, a Twitter-style application USAID set up in Cuba between 2009 and 2012 that irked Havana when it came to light last week. 1415 GMT (US-CUBA-POLITICS-DIPLOMACY-INTERNET)

-- NASA chief Charles Bolden testifies in Congress on the US space agency's budget. 1330 GMT (US-SPACE)