23 Nov 2020 / 06:02 H.

    Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 10 p.m. GMT/5 p.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect




    Ethiopia PM gives Tigray forces 72 hours to surrender regional capital

    ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle.


    G20 says it will strive for fair global access to COVID-19 vaccine

    DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Leaders of the 20 biggest economies vowed on Sunday to spare no effort to supply COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines affordably and fairly to "all people", reflecting worries that the pandemic could deepen divisions between the world's rich and poor.



    Biden to unveil first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, envisions scaled-down inauguration

    WASHINGTON, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will announce the first of his Cabinet appointments on Tuesday and is planning for a scaled-down inauguration due to the coronavirus pandemic, aides said on Sunday, as he lays the foundation for his new administration despite President Donald Trump's refusal to concede.


    First Americans could get COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December, top health official says

    (Reuters) - The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as 24 hours after the FDA grants approval, which would kick off the largest inoculation campaign in U.S. history starting in mid-December.



    Boeing 737 MAX jets undergo round-the-clock effort to clear inventory

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. (Reuters) - The future of Boeing Co's freshly approved 737 MAX is in the hands of nearly 700 workers toiling behind the gray doors of a three-bay hangar at a desert airport in Washington state.


    Top Biden adviser seen as making tech regulation more likely

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden's top technology adviser helped craft California's landmark online privacy law and recently condemned a controversial federal statute that protects internet companies from liability, indicators of how the Biden administration may come down on two key tech policy issues.



    'Freaky' Repeats as Winner at Quiet U.S. Box Office With $1.2 Million

    LOS ANGELES, ( - Body-swap horror comedy "Freaky" repeated as the winner of a seriously subdued U.S. box office with $1.2 million at 2,057 locations in North America.


    Temple kissing scenes stir trouble for Netflix India

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian state on Sunday asked police to investigate after a member of the country's ruling party objected to scenes in the Netflix series A Suitable Boy, in which a Hindu girl kisses a Muslim boy against the backdrop of a Hindu temple.



    Medvedev storms back to beat Thiem and claim ATP Finals title

    LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Russian Daniil Medvedev claimed the biggest title of his career as he stormed back to beat Dominic Thiem 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in an absorbing climax to the ATP Finals on Sunday.


    Dressel and Peaty smash own world records at ISL finals

    (Reuters) - World and Olympic champions Caeleb Dressel and Adam Peaty smashed their own short course world records on the final day of the International Swimming League (ISL) season in Budapest on Sunday.




    U.S. security adviser O'Brien visits the Philippines

    White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien Robert O'Brien visits the Philippines, the second leg of his Asia trip after Vietnam.

    23 Nov 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT


    Pennsylvania counties to file U.S. presidential election returns by Monday

    Pennsylvania's counties have until Nov. 23 to file returns with state election officials. State law does not set a deadline for completing certification. Unofficial results had Biden ahead of Trump in the state by more than 80,000 votes.

    23 Nov


    Brexit trade deal: Negotiators try to clinch a deal

    British and European Union negotiators are trying to clinch a last-minute trade deal just weeks before the United Kingdom casts off from the bloc in its most significant economic and political shift since losing a global empire. Reuters will have full multimedia coverage of any deal including: - BRITAIN-EU/ Fast moving snaps and trunk - BRITAIN-EU/TRUST - Sidebar on how the deal came together and what it means for the future relationship. - BRITAIN-EU (INSTANT VIEW) - BRITAIN-EU/REACTION: leader quotes - BRITAIN-EU/CHARTS: Brexit in 5 charts - BRITAIN-EU/TIMELINE: - BRITAIN-EU/DEAL: summary of a deal. - BRITAIN-EU/EXPLAINER - Fast Q&A style analysis. - BRITAIN-EU/PEOPLE: Brexit is finally done. What does it mean for ordinary Brits or EU citizens?

    23 Nov


    Afghan migrant finds accomplishment in Serbia as art student

    After a long journey from Iran three years ago, Reza, an 18-year-old migrant from Afghanistan found refuge in Serbia where he was granted asylum. Reza, who studies carpentry, is also a talented painter and plans to enroll in Serbia's Academy of Arts.

    23 Nov


    Burkina Faso voters await election results

    Burkina Faso voters await the results of a presidential and parliamentary election dominated by the threat of Islamist violence that prevented voting in hundreds of villages.

    23 Nov


    Can't build new pipelines, can't keep old ones: energy firms grapple with new reality

    In recent years, climate activists concerned with rising global temperatures have ramped up fights against major new pipeline projects, in some cases successfully. But the opposition to an existing pipeline in Michigan - Enbridge's Line 5 - represents a growing front in their ongoing battle with the energy industry, as they try to prevent the refurbishment and expansion of older pipelines to reduce U.S. dependency on fossil fuels.

    23 Nov


    Canada court hears witness testimony on 2nd branch of abuse of process in Meng extradition case

    A Canadian court will hear further witness testimony regarding the second branch of abuse of process alleged by lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, specifically regarding abuses they claim took place during her investigation and arrest by Canadian border officials and police.

    23 Nov


    WMO to release report on greenhouse gas concentrations

    The Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization will publish its annual report on levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere after they hit a record high last year. Prof Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General and Dr Oksana Tarasova, WMO Chief of Atmospheric and Environment Research Division will brief media

    23 Nov 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


    German health minister speaks at digital health event

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn speaks at a virtual event on digital health and likely also comments on the COVID-19 pandemic.

    23 Nov 07:05 ET / 12:05 GMT


    Reuters Newsmaker with UK shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds

    A Reuters Newsmaker discussion forum with Anneliese Dodds, shadow chancellor of the exchequer, where she will discuss Labour's plans for the economy and the government's upcoming spending review

    23 Nov 09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT



    Trial begins for Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong over 2019 protest charges

    Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow arrive in court for the start of a six-day trial on charges related to taking part in an unauthorised assembly surrounding the police headquarters during the 2019 anti-extradition bill movement. Wong, facing a maximum of five year jail term if convicted, is expected to speak before entering the courthouse.

    23 Nov



    Philippines' think tank holds 5-day economic and security forum

    Stratbase ADR Institute of the Philippines holds a five-day conference that brings together leaders from the national and local government, business sector, academe, and civil society to discuss pressing economic, social, political, and strategic issues that influence the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region

    23 Nov


    Ethiopia PM gives Tigray forces 72 hours to surrender regional capital

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle. The Tigray People's Liberation Front, which is refusing to surrender its rule of the northern region, says its forces are digging trenches and standing firm.

    23 Nov


    UK Supreme Court hears case of jihadist bride's citizenship

    The UK Supreme Court will hear two days of arguments for and against the government's decision to strip Shamima Begum of her citizenship. British-born Begum left London aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria. She married a jihadi fighter and lived in the self-proclaimed caliphate's capital. Now in a detention camp in Syria where three of her children died, she wants to return to Britain to appeal against the government's decision.

    23 Nov



    Filipino health workers hopeful vaccines will end pandemic lockdown

    For nurses and other health workers in the Philippines, news of at least two vaccine candidates showing positive results in their final stage trials, as well as a lifting of a ban on healthcare workers going abroad for work, brings hope for the future.

    23 Nov


    Booming Dutch DJs in lockdown as pandemic hits festivals

    Many of the world's leading DJs, several of them Dutch, have been forced into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic as dance festivals worldwide were cancelled or postponed. Oliver Heldens, one of the world's most popular DJs with more than 2 billion streamed songs, tells Reuters how he stays connected with fans from home after rising to stardom as a teenager.

    23 Nov 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/GERMANY-VACCINE-IDT (PIX) (TV) German health minister, vaccine maker IDT Biologika hold news conference

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn and Juergen Betzing, CEO of German vaccine maker IDT Biologika, hold a joint news conference on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Saxony Anhalt Premier Reiner Haseloff will also be present.

    23 Nov 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT


    EU pushes international initiative to promote trade in medical products

    EU pushes international initiative to promote trade in medical products and medicines to cope with COVID-19 and future pandemics

    23 Nov 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


    'Very stressful': COVID-19 surge slices U.S. demand for big Thanksgiving turkeys

    All summer, Greg Gunthorp slaughtered and froze 20-pound to 30-pound turkeys on his northeastern Indiana farm in anticipation of Thanksgiving sales to retailers, restaurants and families across the Midwest. But as surging COVID-19 cases prompted U.S. cities and states to urge Americans to stay home just weeks before the holiday, customers canceled orders for the big birds in exchange for smaller turkey breasts.

    23 Nov 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


    Senior German health official holds virtual briefing on pandemic

    Lothar Wieler, who plays a central role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, holds a virtual press briefing.

    23 Nov 09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT



    The 2020 mantra for small business: 'Listen hard, change fast'

    Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of Mailchimp, a marketing platform for small businesses, has a mantra: "listen hard, change fast." And it's one he says he's never found more relevant than now.

    23 Nov


    Pakistan's central bank to announce monetary policy

    Pakistan's central bank will meet on Monday to announce the country's monetary policy. The bank has slashed main policy rate by almost than half this year to combat the fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic but in the last review in September kept rates unchanged at 7%.

    23 Nov


    WIDER IMAGE - Pictures of the year - A Picture and its Story 2020

    A Picture and its Story 2020

    23 Nov 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


    FACTBOX - As calls mount for mediation, who has leverage in Ethiopia?

    With government troops bearing down on the capital of Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray state, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been rebuffing international pressure for mediation. A look at what countries have leverage over Ethiopia - and whether they are using it.

    23 Nov 05:30 ET / 10:30 GMT


    ANALYSIS-With crisis programs ending, Fed's post-pandemic transition may get rocky

    The possible arrival of a coronavirus vaccine in coming weeks means the U.S. Federal Reserve may soon have lay out its plans for helping the economy navigate the potentially choppy transition to a post-pandemic world.At issue for the Fed is how to manage the switch from crisis policies meant to keep everyone afloat to a changed economy where firms and families may struggle to adapt and a new run of business failures may be unavoidable.Two recent developments have likely accelerated the onset of the next stage of that debate inside the Fed: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's surprise decision last week to end several Fed emergency programs at the end of next month and recent progress toward a coronavirus vaccine that may further speed that handoff to post-pandemic economy.

    23 Nov 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT



    S.African artist Mahlangu celebrates 85th birthday with solo exhibition

    Renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu has launched the largest solo exhibition of her career, a portrait into her life as she celebrates her 85th birthday and Ndebele culture.

    23 Nov 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

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