Americas News Agenda for June 26

Duty Editor: Peter Stebbings

Tel: +1 202 414 0541

What's happening in the Americas on Thursday:

+ World Cup: USA, Germany look to advance

+ Golf: Tiger Woods returns to competition

+ Mass gay wedding in Canada

RECIFE, Brazil: The US and Germany will both advance to the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final Group G clash at 1600 GMT, but each is vowing to play to win.

-- Portugal and Ghana, the group's other teams, both need a win plus a favorable outcome in Recife to make it beyond their match in Brasilia at 1600 GMT.

-- The Belgian team, already guaranteed a spot in the round of 16, plays South Korea in Sao Paulo at 2000 GMT.

-- Algeria plays Russia in the remaining Group H match at 2000 GMT, wrapping up the group phase and setting the stage for the knockout round. Picture. Video (FBL-WC-2014)

BETHESDA, Maryland: Tiger Woods returns to competition after a three-month injury layoff at the $6.5 million US PGA National, testing his golf game ahead as he prepares for next month's British Open. From 1200 GMT. Picture (GOLF-USPGA-WOODS)

TORONTO: About 200 gay couples say "I do" in Toronto, at a mass public wedding timed to coincide with Gay Pride festivities (CANADA-GAY-MARRIAGE)


BRASILIA: Anti-World Cup activists stage a protest during the Portugal-Ghana match. (BRAZIL-FBL-WC-2014-PROTEST)

NEW YORK: Monitoring developments in negotiations between Argentina and the hedge fund investors in its defaulted debt (ARGENTINA-US-ECONOMY-DEBT-BONDS-COURT)

SAN FRANCISCO: Google wraps up its annual two-day developers conference, with more revelations of new projects expected (US-IT-INTERNET-GOOGLE)

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council holds consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria. 1400 GMT (SYRIA-CONFLICT-UN)

WASHINGTON: Israeli President Shimon Peres, on his last official visit to the United States, receives the Congressional Gold Medal. Picture. Video (US-ISRAEL-DIPLOMACY)

-- President Barack Obama goes to Minnesota to deliver a speech on the economy. Picture. Video (US-POLITICS-ECONOMY)

-- The US Department of Commerce releases data on personal income and spending in May, including consumer prices. 1230 GMT (US-ECONOMY-CONSUMER-SPENDING-INCOME-INFLATION)

-- The Labor Department issues its weekly report on initial claims for US unemployment insurance benefits, a sign of the pace of layoffs. 1230 GMT (US-ECONOMY-UNEMPLOYMENT-CLAIMS)

-- US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announces new policies to help make homes more affordable. 2045 GMT (US-ECONOMY-HOUSING-GOVERNMENT)