AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Friday:


+ Brazil lawmakers debate Rousseff impeachment

+ Britain's EU referendum campaign kicks off

+ UN envoy meets regime in Syria peace talks

+ India's smog-choked capital bans cars

+ Solar plane resumes round-the-world flight

BRASILIA: Congress starts debating sessions for Sunday's vote on whether an impeachment trial should be launched against President Dilma Rousseff. Picture. Video. Graphic. Videographic (BRAZIL-POLITICS)

LONDON: Official start of Britain's EU referendum campaign. Picture. Video (BRITAIN-POLITICS-EU)

GENEVA: UN envoy Staffan de Mistura expected to meet the Syrian regime delegation at peace talks, as escalating fighting on the ground strains a landmark ceasefire. Picture. Video. Graphic (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

NEW DELHI: New Delhi will Friday resume driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its roads as it seeks to improve the air quality in the world's most polluted city (INDIA-ENVIRONMENT-POLLUTION-TRANSPORT)

KALAELOA, Hawaii: Pilots of the Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered plane plan to resume a record-breaking flight around the world, seeking a window for the next phase to travel from Hawaii to the US West Coast (US-SOLAR-FLIGHT-AVIATION)


BAGHDAD: Tracking political developments after MPs vote to sack the parliament speaker, deepening political turmoil and again delaying a vote on a new cabinet (IRAQ-POLITICS)

BRUSSELS: Following investigations into the Paris and Brussels attacks, after Belgium extended for one month the custody of key suspect Mohamed Abrini and Osama Krayem, suspected of buying the bags used in the Brussels bombings (BELGIUM-FRANCE-ATTACKS)

FRANKFURT: The German Football Association elects a new president after its former chief Wolfgang Niersbach resigned over corruption allegations surrounding the bidding process for the 2006 World Cup. From 0930 GMT (FBL-GER-FIFA). Picture

INDIO, California: Leading music festival Coachella kicks off, with the first day to feature the reunited electronic outfit LCD Soundsystem (ENTERTAINMENT-US-MUSIC-FESTIVAL-COACHELLA)

MANILA: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter speaks at the close of military exercises with Philippine forces, a day after announcing joint naval patrols with Manila in the South China Sea. From at 0400 GMT (PHILIPPINES-US-CHINA-MILITARY-DIPLOMACY-CARTER)

NAIROBI: Elephant tusks from across Kenya arrive in the capital ahead of the world's biggest burning of ivory on April 30. Arrival time 0700 GMT. Picture. Video (AFRICA-KENYA-IVORY)

SEOUL: North Korea marks birthday anniversary of founder leader Kim Il-Sung, amid reports Pyongyang could mark the day by launching a mid-range ballistic missiles (NKOREA-POLITICS-KIM)

SKOPJE: Monitoring the political crisis in Macedonia, where protesters have taken to the streets for three consecutive nights demanding the resignation of President Gjorge Ivanov over his shock move to halt legal proceedings against more than 50 public figures embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal. Picture. Video (MACEDONIA-POLITICS)

THIMPHU: Covering sixth day of the visit by Britain's Prince William and wife Kate to India and neighbouring Bhutan. The couple on Friday will start trekking to a monastery in Bhutan's Taktshang at 0500 GMT (BHUTAN-BRITAIN-ROYALS-DIPLOMACY)

TOKYO: Following after a powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan, collapsing homes, sparking fires and killing at least two people and injuring hundreds (JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE)

-- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida hold talks in Tokyo in their latest effort to tackle a festering territorial dispute over four islands claimed by both countries (JAPAN-RUSSIA-DIPLOMACY)

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank continue their spring meetings, attended by finance ministers and central bank governors of the institutions' 189 member nations. Picture (IMF-WORLDBANK-ECONOMY)


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