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China steals march on West in developing nations’ vaccine rollout
ISTANBUL/LONDON (Reuters) – China is stealing a march on Western drugmakers in the COVID-19 vaccine race in developing nations, with Indonesia and Turkey rolling out huge campaigns with a Chinese shot this week, Brazil due to follow soon, and even EU member Hungary signing up.
Forty-six civilians feared killed in eastern Congo attack, official says
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Forty-six civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior provincial official said on Thursday.
Washington to close metro stations, Delta bans guns to D.C. ahead of inauguration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Washington locks down for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Delta Air Lines put new restrictions on passengers to the U.S. capital on Thursday amid warnings of possible political violence throughout the country even after the Jan. 20 swearing-in.
Second Trump impeachment trial takes U.S. into uncharted waters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America will be in uncharted territory when the U.S. Senate meets as soon as next week for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, a case against the outgoing president that one Democrat preparing for arguments called “shockingly evident.”
Biden plan to pump $1.9 trillion into pandemic-hit economy: report
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden will unveil a stimulus proposal on Thursday designed to jump-start the economy during the coronavirus pandemic and help minority communities with around $1.9 trillion in aid.
U.S. imposes sanctions on Chinese officials, oil giant over South China Sea ‘coercion’
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States announced sanctions on Chinese state-owned enterprise and military officials on Thursday and added Chinese oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist, accusing them using coercion against states with rival claims in the South China Sea.
Gaza man with disabilities conquers karate
GAZA (Reuters) – Youssef Abu Amira, a Palestinian law school graduate, never let disabilities hold him back. Born without legs and with only partially developed arms, he has taken up a new challenge – karate.
FOCUS-Zoom lunch? Walk in the park? Europe’s recruiters adapt to Covid
PRAGUE/ZURICH, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Trudging through snow while interviewing someone is just another day at the office for Prague-based recruiter Blake Wittman who has embraced new tactics to gain an edge during a pandemic that has roiled Europe’s hiring market.
Ferguson, Rooney praise Man Utd’s Rashford for fighting child food poverty
Jan 14 (Reuters) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and the club’s top scorer Wayne Rooney have paid tribute to Marcus Rashford for the forward’s role in tackling child food poverty in England amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doping-Olympic hurdles champion McNeal suspended for violating anti-doping rules
American Olympic 100 metres hurdles gold medallist Brianna McNeal has been charged and provisionally suspended for violating World Athletics’ Anti-Doping rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Thursday.
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
POSTPONED – Malaysian news portal Malaysiakini faces decision on contempt case
Malaysia’s highest court will deliver its decision on whether to cite independent news portal Malaysiakini and its editor-in-chief for contempt over readers’ comments posted on its website, in a case widely seen as a test for press freedoms.
15 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
MAGIC-ANNIVERSARY/SAWING THROUGH (TV)
Celebrating 100 years of the magic trick ‘Sawing a Woman in Half’
‘Sawing a Woman in Half’, 100 year anniversary of the magic trick to be celebrated online on Sunday Jan 17.
15 Jan 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT
FASHION-MILAN/ (PIX) (TV)
Milan Fashion Week Men’s (Fall/Winter)
People witness the launch of the latest seasonal garments designed by popular fashion brands and designers.
Leading conductor Simon Rattle gives press conference on his return to Germany
15 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
Philippine Senate resumes inquiry into government’s vaccination plan
The Philippine senate resumes its investigation into the government’s plan for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out
15 Jan 21:30 ET / 02:30 GMT
THAILAND-CANNABIS/ (PIX) (TV)
Edible ‘dancing’ weeds: Thai hospital turns cannabis into dishes
“Joyfully Dancing Salad”, “Giggling Bread”, and “Happy Hearty Basil Leaf Rice”: Thai hospital canteen adds cannabis infused dishes to its menu to tell people that the weed is not all that evil. Last month, cannabis leaves, stems, stalks and roots were officially removed from Thailand’s narcotics list, allowing basically any part of the plant except for the buds to be used for consumption. Still only those authorized by the government can grow and cultivate cannabis.
WHO’s Emergency Ctte to issue advice on COVID vaccination for travellers, virus variants
The committee which first called the coronavirus outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” a year ago to issue statement a day after meeting to focus on vaccinations for travellers and the SARS-CoV-2 variants. The 16-member panel of independent experts is chaired by Didier Houssin of France.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO BRIEFING (TV)
WHO regular press briefing with DG on coronavirus pandemic
Top officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), including director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, give a press conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/GERMANY-CREMATORIUM (PIX) (TV)
German crematorium struggles to keep up with COVID deaths
A German crematorium in the eastern state of Saxony, which has been hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, struggles to keep up with the number of deaths related to COVID-19.
15 Jan 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-VACCINE (PIX) (TV)
Domestic outbreaks inject new momentum in China’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout
A growing domestic outbreak of the new coronavirus is turning up the heat on China to expedite its COVID-19 vaccination programme. Dozens of Beijing residents will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine at a makeshift vaccination site inside a museum in Beijing during a government-organised media tour.
15 Jan 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
European Medicines Agency Executive Director speaks at Irish webinar
Europe’s medicines regulatory chief Emer Cooke addresses Irish-based international affairs think tank
15 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LOS ANGELES-AMBULANCES (PIX) (TV)
Los Angeles ambulances at breaking point amid coronavirus surge
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) in Los Angeles are playing a pivotal role during the pandemic and are being stretched to the limit.Reuters goes behind the scenes to the city’s dispatch center, where ambulances are sent to respond to emergency calls.
15 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
PHILIPPINES-CHINA/ (PIX) (TV)
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi visits Philippines
Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, visits the Philippines and is expected to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin in Manila.
Provisional date for verdict in criminal trial against partner of Norway’s ex-minister
Verdict expected in case against the partner of Norway’s former justice minister who is accused of threatening democracy, by setting fire to her car and vandalising her home with the purpose of generating sympathy for the family
Less for more in Turkey: costly food starves economic rebound
Food is so expensive in Turkey that people are spending what money they have to stock up on rice and pasta to avoid swallowing even higher prices in the months ahead.
The pace of inflation in Nigeria has quickened in recent months. Prices have risen since the country partially closed land borders in August 2019 as part of a crackdown on smuggling.
15 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
JPMorgan Chase reports quarterly results
JPMorgan Chase & Co reports quarterly results before the market opens on Friday. Analysts expected the bank to show only a slight decline in profits from a year earlier thanks to strong capital markets revenue offsetting weak interest income. In a public conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, executives of the bank, the biggest in the U.S., will discuss the results and how they see economy changing.
15 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Laos Communist Party to decide on leadership for next 5 years
The Communist Party that rules Laos is expected to decide its leadership for the next five years and whether 83-year-old president and party chief Bounnhang Vorachith, one of the last remaining members of the revolutionary generation, will follow predecessors in staying on for a second term.
Ugandans await results of Presidential election
Ugandans await the results of an election which pitted long-time leader Yoweri Museveni against an opposition galvanized by popular singer and lawmaker Bobi Wine. The government in the East African country of nearly 46 million people ordered an internet blackout until further notice on Wednesday, a day after it banned all social media and messaging apps.
U.N. rights council to hold secret ballot on new president to overcome deadlock
The U.N. rights Council begins the year with no president for the first time in its 15-year history amid a power struggle in an important year for the forum with the United States expected to rejoin the forum it left in 2018. A secret ballot is expected among its 47 members to resolve the impasse.
Trump’s judicial legacy set to leave long-lasting imprint
President Donald Trump has tilted the U.S. judiciary to the right not just via his three Supreme Court appointments but also by filling the influential appeals courts with conservative judges, a significant legacy that will live on for decades after he leaves office.
15 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
Blair, Hunt discuss Britain’s role in world post-Brexit British former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former health minister Jeremy Hunt to discuss Britain’s role in the world post-Brexit.
15 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
INDONESIA-CRASH/ (PIX) (TV)
Search continues for cockpit voice recorder of crashed Indonesian jet
Search for the cockpit voice recorder of the ill-fated Sriwijaya Air plane continue nearly a week after it crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people onboard.
SPORT-DOPING/GERMANY (PIX) (TV)
Verdict likely on German doctor charged with years of blood doping
Verdict expected from Munich court in case of German sports doctor, Mark S., who has admitted to helping athletes with blood doping for years in “Operation Bloodletting”.
15 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT