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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT

U.S. strikes at Islamic State militants in Kabul as withdrawal nears end

A U.S. drone strike on Sunday hit a suicide bomber in a vehicle who was aiming to attack Kabul airport as U.S. forces worked to complete a withdrawal that will end two decades of military involvement in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

USA-CHINA

Chinese foreign minister tells top U.S. diplomat world must ‘positively guide’ Taliban

BEIJING, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call on Sunday that the international community should engage with Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and “positively guide” them, China’s foreign ministry said.

U.S.

STORM-IDA

Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana, governor says levees will hold

NEW ORLEANS, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, forcing those who did not flee to brace themselves for the toughest test yet of the billions of dollars spent on levee upgrades following Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago.

AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-BIDEN-MILITARY

Biden attends grim homecoming for U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan attack

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., Aug 29 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden shut his eyes and tilted his head back as the flag-draped cases carrying the remains of 11 American service members killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan emerged on Sunday from a military plane at a base in Delaware.

BUSINESS

HURRICANE-IDA-OIL-PRODUCTION

Oil firms cut 96% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude output as Hurricane Ida slams coast

Energy firms on Sunday had suspended 1.74 million barrels per day of oil production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), as Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm.

CLUBHOUSE-PRODUCT

Clubhouse launches surround-sound feature to help chats feel life-like

Aug 29 (Reuters) - Clubhouse, an audio-only chat app, said on Sunday it will launch a spatial audio feature to make voices sound as if they’re coming from different directions, helping conversations and virtual performances feel more life-like.

ENTERTAINMENT

PEOPLE-ED-ASNER

Actor Ed Asner, star of ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ ‘Lou Grant’ dies at age 91

Ed Asner, who played a gruff newsman for laughs and for drama in the classic TV series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Lou Grant” in the 1970s and 1980s and was honored with seven Emmy Awards, died on Sunday at age 91, his family said.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-BRITAIN-FESTIVALS

British music festivals ready to rock despite high COVID-19 cases

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of revellers will descend on late summer music festivals across Britain this weekend, armed with a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination in an effort to curb rising infections.

SPORTS

SOCCER-FRANCE-REI-PSG-REPORT-MESSI

Messi makes Ligue 1 debut as Mbappe shines for PSG

REIMS, France, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi made his much-anticipated Ligue 1 debut for Paris St Germain on Sunday but it was Kylian Mbappe who shone as the capital club maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 victory at Stade de Reims.

BASEBALL-MLB-ROUNDUP

MLB roundup: A’s halt Yankees’ 13-game winning streak

Frankie Montas pitched seven shutout innings for the second consecutive time Saturday afternoon, helping the host Oakland Athletics end their losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees, who saw their 13-game winning streak come to a close.

UPCOMING

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

ISRAEL-GERMANY/ (PIX) (TV) 

CANCELLED - German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Israel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Israel

30 Aug

AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GERMANY (TV) 

German foreign minister Maas travels to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Qatar

German foreign minister Maas travels to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Qatar

30 Aug

USA-UKRAINE/ (TV) 

Biden, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy meet at White House

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at White House to discuss Ukraine’s sovereignty and energy issues.

30 Aug

GREECE-GOVERNMENT/RESHUFFLE 

Greek PM to reshuffle cabinet to tackle wildfire aftermath

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to give his cabinet a facelift in a bid to breath new life into a government tarnished by its handling of devastating wildfires this summer.

30 Aug

AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/YOUTH (PIX) 

Afghanistan’s Gen Z fears for dreams of freedom

Used to a life with cellphones, pop music and mixing of genders, Afghanistan’s Generation Z – loosely defined as those born between 1995 and 2010 – now fears some freedoms will be taken away following the Taliban takeover of the country, according to interviews with Afghan students and young professionals.

30 Aug

ESTONIA-PRESIDENT/VOTE (PIX) 

Estonian parliament to decide on president

Extraordinary session of the Riigikogu for the election of the President of the Republic will be held on 30 August

30 Aug

TAIWAN-MEDIA/ 

Taiwan launches new English language news plaftorm

Taiwan launches a new government-backed English-language online news platform, TaiwanPlus, to give the island a greater voice on the international stage.

30 Aug

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AUSTRALIA-POLITICS (PIX) (TV) 

A weary Australia plans its reopening as COVID-19 death toll hits 1,000

As Australia’s COVID-19 death toll hits 1,000, a grim but modest number by global standards, a country that has used a relentless system of lockdowns to combat the virus is facing perhaps its biggest health policy challenge of the pandemic - how to finally reopen.

30 Aug

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

APPLE-EPIC GAMES/ 

Federal judge to rule in Apple-Epic lawsuit over App Store rules for developers

A federal judge in Oakland, California is expected to rule in coming days on the antitrust lawsuit brought by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games against Apple Inc.

30 Aug

DENMARK-ECONOMY/ 

Denmark’s government publishes new forecasts for the economy

The Danish government provide its latest update on future economic growth.

30 Aug

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