January 22, 2020 / 10:05 PM / a month ago


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China's Wuhan shuts down transport as global alarm mounts over virus spread

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, leading the city at the center of the outbreak to close transportation networks and urge citizens not to leave as fears rose of the contagion spreading.


U.N. experts demand probe into alleged Saudi hack of Amazon boss Bezos

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. experts have demanded an immediate investigation by U.S. and other authorities into allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.



Democrats launch first salvo at Trump trial, warn that world is watching

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats accused President Donald Trump at the start of his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America’s global prestige will suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him.


New U.S. law requires government to report risks of overseas activities by ex-spies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Troubled that former American spies are plying their trade for foreign governments, Congress has passed new legislation requiring U.S. spy agencies to provide an annual assessment detailing the risks such conduct poses for national security.



After China trade deal, Europe and U.K. next on Trump's to-do list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to rip up international trade deals and rebalance America’s global trade relationships.


Tesla's furious rally pushes market value past $100 billion

Tesla Inc shares surged on Wednesday, and the company became the first publicly listed U.S. automaker to cross $100 billion in market valuation, more than Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co combined.



Weinstein lawyer to jury: texts will show alleged attacks were consensual sex

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer told a Manhattan jury on Wednesday his client was not a “seasoned sexual predator,” as prosecutors claimed, and said the defense had emails and texts that would show the former Hollywood producer and his accusers engaged in consensual sex.


Valentino adds subversive twist to classic gowns for Paris show

PARIS (Reuters) - Italian fashion label Valentino subverted classic evening wear for its Paris Haute Couture show on Wednesday, displaying traditional gowns with unexpected twists.



Tiger chasing history, but not favored at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods will be chasing history at one of his favorite venues this week, but he won’t be the betting favorite when he tees it up at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday.


Mavericks center Powell suffers 'severe' Achilles injury

Dallas Mavericks starting center Dwight Powell suffered a “severe” right Achilles injury during Tuesday night’s 110-107 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Rick Carlisle confirmed.



World Court to rule on request for emergency measures in Myanmar genocide case

The International Court of Justice, the U.N.'s highest legal body for disputes between states, will rule on January 23 on a request by Gambia for emergency measures in its case against Myanmar. Gambia has accused Myanmar of violating its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention by committing atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya population.

23 Jan 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT


Checking on friends and missing classes: protests spread fear on India's campuses

One of India's most famous universities is half-empty and some students who are on campus track each other on mobile devices to ensure people are safe, as violent protests spill on to campuses that are seen as a hotbed of anti-government anger.

23 Jan 20:30 ET / 01:30 GMT


Filipino woman to sue ex-employer for the return of passport

A 30-year-old Filipino woman had her personal documents taken from her employer in May last year. She quit the company just two months later - but never got her documents back. She is unable to find work because her former employer is refusing to return the documents, which include her passport and college graduation certificate. She will be suing the company, demanding for the return of her documents, and seeking damages stemming from loss of income and unpaid wages.

23 Jan 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT


Burkina Faso approves state backing to vigilantes fighting jihadists

Burkina Faso's parliament has voted to provide funding and training to local vigilantes in response to the growing firepower of jihadist groups who threaten to overrun government forces across large swathes of the West African country. TEXT AND PHOTOS MOVED ON 22/01

Jan 23


2020 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos

The World Economic Forum hosts its annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

Jan 23


WIDER IMAGE - INSIGHT - Arrested Hong Kong protesters caught in limbo as cases grind forward

For arrested protesters in Hong Kong, the scale of mass arrests and charges, longer-than-normal delays for hearings, and bail conditions that could land them in jail if they are arrested again have forced them to put their lives on hold - and discouraged them from returning to the streets.

Jan 23


Russian parliament holds first reading of proposed constitutional changes

The Russian parliament holds the first reading of President Vladimir Putin's proposed constitutional amendments that many say give him the scope to extend his grip on power once his term ends in 2024.

Jan 23


Wikileaks' Julian Assange due to appear in London court via videolink

Wikileaks' Julian Assange due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court via video link for hearing in U.S. extradition case.

Jan 23


Poland's lower house of parliament expected to push through latest judicial reform

Poland's lower house of Parliament may push through a new law that would allow judges who criticize the government's judicial reforms to be disciplined. The law was rejected by the opposition-dominated Senate last week.

Jan 23


FACTBOX-Best quotes from impeachment trial of Trump

Running factbox on best quotes from trial.

Jan 23


Trump stands trial in U.S. Senate

U.S. President Donald Trump stands trial in U.S. Senate, charged with abuse of office and obstruction of Congress, only third U.S. president in history to go on trial in the chamber.

Jan 23


World leaders gather in Jerusalem, without Polish president, for 75th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation

World leaders convene in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, but Poland's president will stay away in a rankling dispute with Russia and Israel.

Jan 23


FACTBOX-What developments to expect in Trump’s impeachment trial

Running factbox on what developments to expect in U.S. Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Jan 23


Huawei CFO's extradition hearing begins in Canadian courtroom

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing will begin at a Canadian court in Vancouver. Meng was arrested in December 2018 at the request of the United States on charges of bank fraud, and accused of misleading the bank HSBC about a Huawei-owned company's dealings with Iran.

23 Jan 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


Russian President Putin inaugurates a memorial at a Jerusalem park

Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurates a memorial at a Jerusalem park, commemorating those killed during WWII's Siege of Leningrad. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin will be attending the inauguration event.

23 Jan 04:30 ET / 09:30 GMT


ANALYSIS-Trump will have hard time blocking potential Bolton trial testimony

U.S. President Donald Trump likely cannot use a legal doctrine called executive privilege to block his former national security adviser John Bolton from testifying in the impeachment trial, constitutional scholars said.

23 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Russia's Putin addresses Holocaust Remembrance ceremony

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses international Holocaust Remembrance ceremony at Yad Vashem

23 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


Germany’s Merkel holds speech to WEF in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a speech at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.

23 Jan 08:15 ET / 13:15 GMT



Airlines scour the world for scarce 737 MAX simulators

Airlines are scrambling to book time in 737 MAX training facilities as far afield as Fiji, Iceland and Panama, operators said, after Boeing Co recommended pilots be trained in one of the few simulators replicating the latest model.

Jan 23


In central Poland, robots replace people as minimum wage rises

Henryk Kaminski has responded to a hike in Poland's minimum wage by automating some roles at his family's plastics factory, illustrating the risks of a policy that aims to raise living standards but could push up prices and stifle jobs growth.

Jan 23


Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan hold talks in Khartoum over giant Blue Nile dam

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan hold talks in Khartoum over giant over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as they try to agree a draft deal over the dam's operation ahead of talks in Washington at the end of the month.

Jan 23


French nuclear regulator ASN press briefing

French nuclear regulator ASN holds start of the year press briefing

Jan 23


Australia's Westpac hires veteran banker McFarlane as chairman to tide over crisis

Westpac Banking Corp on Thursday named banking veteran John McFarlane as chairman, entrusting the former Australia and New Zealand Banking Group boss to help steer it through the fallout of a massive money-laundering scandal.

Jan 23


New Zealand's Fonterra expects more deals in 2020 amid restructuring

New Zealand's Fonterra said on Thursday that fiscal 2020 would see more deals as the world's biggest dairy exporter reviews its assets and shifts focus back home.

Jan 23


Israeli President Rivlin hosts Russian counterpart ahead of Holocaust memorial

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration and death camp and International Holocaust Day.

23 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


Davos session entitled "Renewing Europe's Growth after Brexit"

Session on what the new Commission and the eventual withdrawal of the United Kingdom mean for the European economy.

23 Jan 04:15 ET / 09:15 GMT


Norway court rules on Greenpeace appeal against oil exploration

Borgarting Court of Appeal to rule on Greenpeace appeal against government's decision to grant rights for oil firms to drill in the Barents Sea in 2016. Plaintiffs argue that the decision contravenes Norway's constitution and the country's commitments under the Paris climate deal it signed before issuing the exploration licenses. (NOTE: the verdict's timing is approximate)

23 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


INSIGHT-Mexico wrestles with rising cost of its Hacienda oil hedge

An insightful story about how Mexico is adapting to the rising cost of its strategy for guaranteeing the price of oil exports, a trade know as the Hacienda hedge and Wall Street's biggest annual oil deal.

23 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


Travelers to report Q4 2019 results

The Travelers Companies Inc on Thursday is set to report 2019 Q4 results. Investors are looking for insights about the insurer's catastrophe losses and whether workers' compensation claims are increasing given low U.S. unemployment. A call for analysts will follow.

23 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT



Outwatching restive Philippine volcano

Activity on the volcanic island Taal has eased, but scientists say the threat is far from over. The Philippine volcano remains at level 4, the second-highest level on the country’s volcano-alert system, which means a hazardous eruption could happen in hours or days.

Jan 23



Double decker buses to high tea shops, welcome to Canada's most royal city

It ain’t for nothing that British is in the title of the province of British Columbia, which Prince Harry and wife Meghan are all set to call their part-time home. Victoria, the capital of BC, is arguably the most Royal city in Canada, attracting large number of British retirees, where tourists drive around on double decker buses, and enjoy high tea at the Empress Hotel – all of which is set to make the royals feel more at home.

Jan 23


German artist Gunter Demnig lays Stolpersteine (“stumbling stones or blocks”) to commemorate Nazi victims

German artist Gunter Demnig commemorates Nazi victims by installing commemorative brass plaques, so called STOLPERSTEINE (“stumbling stones or blocks”) in the pavement in front of their last address - so far at least at 1200 places in Germany, as well as in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.

23 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Young, gifted and unique, top Grammy contenders march to their own tune

From Billie Eilish to Bon Iver and Rosalia, the top contenders at Sunday's Grammy Awards are turning traditional music genres on their head with a striking fusion of styles.

23 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Grammy awards preview

Preview of top performers, nominees at youth-driven Grammy Awards on Sunday

23 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT



World Court rules on request for emergency measures in Myanmar genocide case

The International Court of Justice, the U.N.'s highest legal body for disputes between states, rules on a request by Gambia for emergency measures in its case against Myanmar. Gambia has accused Myanmar of violating its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention by committing atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya population. The so-called "provisional measures" are the equivalent of a restraining order against Myanmar to protect the Rohingya's until the case is heard in full.

23 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT



TIMELINE-The Harvey Weinstein story: From studio to courtroom in 40 years

TIMELINE-The Harvey Weinstein story: From studio to courtroom in 40 years

23 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Trial continues in Weinstein rape case

The rape trial of movie producer Harvey Weinstein continues.

23 Jan 09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT

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