Americas News Agenda for June 20

Duty Editor: Stephanie Griffith

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What's happening in the Americas on Friday:

+ Washington weighs Iraq action

+ Italy, France target second round of World Cup

WASHINGTON: Monitoring developments after President Barack Obama offers to send up to 300 military advisors to Iraq and, if necessary, take "precise" military action to counter radical Sunni fighters (IRAQ-UNREST-US-OBAMA-MILITARY)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Italy and France target the second round of the World Cup as they take on Costa Rica and Switzerland respectively (1600 GMT and 1900 GMT). Honduras play Ecuador at 2200 GMT. Picture. Graphic. Video (FBL-WC-2014)


NEW YORK: Hit Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae, on tour in the United States and Canada, performs in New York for the first time. 0000 GMT. Picture. Video (ENTERTAINMENT-BELGIUM-US-MUSIC-STROMAE)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Anti-World Cup protesters throw a traditional "June party" with the non-traditional theme "FIFA go home" (BRAZIL-PROTEST-FBL-WC-2014)

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry unveils the 2014 Trafficking in Persons report. 1300 GMT. Picture (US-TRAFFICKING-CRIME)

-- Amid renewed focus on Middle East due to the crisis in Iraq, Kerry meets Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. 1400 GMT (US-OMAN-DIPLOMACY)

-- Obama hosts New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the White House. Picture. Video (US-NZEALAND-POLITICS-DIPLOMACY)

-- US conservative activists and politicians attend a conference organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Picture (US-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES)