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Italy thrown into political crisis as Renzi sinks government
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's former premier Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out of government on Wednesday, stripping the ruling coalition of its parliamentary majority and triggering political chaos even as the nation battles a resurgent COVID-19.
Iran works on uranium metal for reactor fuel in new breach of nuclear deal
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has started work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Tehran said on Wednesday, in the latest breach of its nuclear deal with six major powers as the country presses for a lifting of U.S. sanctions.
House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands
The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to make Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice, formally charging him in his waning days in power with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol.
New York pleads for more COVID-19 vaccine as daily U.S. death toll hits record
As the United States recorded its highest single-day death toll since the coronavirus pandemic began nearly a year ago, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday said the city would fall short of its inoculation goals unless it could get more vaccine.
France raises food sovereignty concern about Couche-Tard's $20 bln offer for Carrefour
near $20 billion takeover approach for European retailer Carrefour SA by Canadian convenience-store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard ran into early opposition as the French government raised concerns about food sovereignty and job security at one of its largest employers.
RIO TINTO-NEWZEALAND/ALUMINIUM SMELTER
Rio Tinto reaches deal to continue NZ aluminium smelter ops till 2024
Global miner Rio Tinto RIO.AX said on Thursday it had reached an agreement with electricity provider Meridian Energy MEL.NZ to allow its aluminium smelter in New Zealand to continue operations until December 2024.
After years in a drawer, Tintin painting tipped to fetch over 2 million euros
PARIS (Reuters) - A painting of comic book hero Tintin that for years was kept folded in a drawer is to go on sale at a Paris auction house on Thursday with an estimated sale price of more than 2 million euros.
Australians head to sea cliffs for adrenalin-pumping sport
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's adventure sport enthusiasts are joining the ranks of those heading to the seaside but for a much more stomach-churning activity - rope jumping.
Jones defies rare physical condition to qualify for Australian Open
Britain's Francesca Jones, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, reached her maiden Grand Slam main draw on Wednesday when she beat China's Lu Jiajing in the final round of Australian Open qualifying in Dubai.
Blue Jays president, CEO Mark Shapiro nets five-year deal
The Toronto Blue Jays signed team president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro to a five-year contract extension on Wednesday.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
'Not going anywhere:' Cheney votes to impeach Trump, rejects Republican criticism
U.S. Representative Liz Cheney broke with the majority of her fellow Republicans in laying blame squarely on President Donald Trumpfor the deadly riot that Americans watched unfold in horror in the U.S. Capitol a week ago. And she has no regrets.
13 Jan 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT
CAMBODIA-POLITICS/ (PIX) (TV)
Dozens in court in Cambodia as opposition treason trial starts
A Cambodian court is scheduled to hold the first of two treason trials of dozens of members and backers of the political opposition, in cases widely dismissed as a move by long-serving premier Hun Sen to decimate what had become a serious challenge to his 35-year grip on power. Cambodia's crackdown on civil society has strained its ties with vital trading partners in the West, but moved the country deeper into the orbit of China.
14 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
TAIWAN-USA/ (PIX) (TV)
TRIP CANCELLED US ambassador to UN meets Taiwan president, gives speech
US ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meets Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in the morning on second day of her visit to Taipei and then gives a speech in the afternoon.
UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2020
The Paris Agreement requires all its signatories to plan and implement adaptation measures. The UNEP report assesses how far that action is lagging behind.
Lisbon residents, businesses react to new COVID-19 lockdown
Lisbon residents and businesses react to the government's announcement of a new lockown to fight a worrying rise in coronavirus infections.
UGANDA-ELECTION/ (PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)
Uganda to hold presidential and parliamentary elections
Ugandans will vote in a presidential election pitting long- uling incumbent Yoweri Museveni against 10 rivals including pop star-turned-lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, widely known by his music moniker Bobi Wine. Polling to elect members of parliament will be conducted at the same time. Graphic: past elections results https://tmsnrt.rs/35ymJMe
REUTERS NEXT - Interview with former Malaysian premier Mahathir
Interview with former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad
14 Jan 01:00 ET / 06:00 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/GERMANY-INSTITUTE (PIX) (TV)
Head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases speaks to reporters
Lothar Wieler, president of Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, speaks to reporters one day after Health Minister Jens Spahn dashed hopes the country would be able to lift all coronavirus lockdown curbs at the beginning of February.
14 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds talks with Saudi counterpart
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan in Moscow.
14 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
German econonomy minister gives 2021 outlook
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier holds a virtual news conference to give an economic outlook for 2021, which is still marked by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
14 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
WIDER IMAGE - Tigers attack as Indians are forced into forests by climate change
Life has been getting harder in the Sundarbans. Many of the islands lie below the high-tide water level, meaning homes and farms are often protected by earthen embankments that are frequently breached.
World Health Organization team to arrive in Wuhan to investigate COVID origins
An international team of scientists led by the World Health Organization is due to arrive in China on Thursday to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus that sparked the pandemic.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/TURKEY-VACCINE (PIX) (TV)
Turkey begins mass COVID-19 vaccination with Sinovac shot
Turkey starts countrywide COVID-19 vaccinations beginning with health workers, shortly after Sinovac's vaccine was granted emergency authorisation.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/INDONESIA (PIX) (TV)
Indonesians get COVID vaccine after launch of nationwide vaccination drive
Local officials, religious heads and health workers are among the first to get COVID-19 jabs after Indonesia launched one of the world's biggest COVID-19 vaccination campaigns on Wednesday with President Joko Widodo getting the first shot of a Chinese vaccine as his country fights one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BULGARIA-MODERNA (PIX) (TV)
First people to receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations in Bulgaria
Bulgaria starts Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations at a hospital in Sofia amid opposition concerns over the slow start of the vaccination campaign in the Balkan country and limited quantities it will receive from the first two approved vaccines in the EU by the end of July. So far about 16,500 front-line medics have been innoculated in the country of 7 million people. Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said Bulgaria has ordered enough vaccines to cover all who want to get a shot and remained optimistic that the vaccination will speed up.
14 Jan 02:00 ET / 07:00 GMT
WHO's Emergency Ctte meets on COVID vaccination, virus variants
The committee which first called the coronavirus outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern" a year ago meets with focus on vaccinations for travellers and the SARS-CoV-2 variants. The 16-member panel of independent experts chaired by Didier Houssin is due to issue a statement with recommendations (no timing).
REUTERS NEXT - Interview with Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund that has financed and promoted the Sputnik V vaccine
Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund which has financed and promoted the Sputnik V vaccine, talks about vaccine politics and prospects for domestic and foreign rollout
14 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
NATURA & CO HLDG-BRAZIL/ENVIRONMENT
REUTERS NEXT-Natura Latam CEO, Braxil ex-environment minister talk Amazon business
Natura & Co Latam CEO João Paulo Ferreira and former Brazil Environment Minister Marina Silva discuss the state of Amazon rainforest destruction and possible sustainable business solutions for the region.
14 Jan 10:30 ET / 15:30 GMT
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
London resilient at top of European tech investment table despite COVID
London retained its position as the top European destination for tech venture capital in 2020, with levels near the record amount of the year before despite the impact of COVID-19, according to research by Dealroom.co and London & Partners.
14 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
AirAsia Group launches all-in-one digital travel and lifestyle platform
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandez and AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla to hold media briefing to talk about AirAsia shop in the Philippines.
14 Jan 21:45 ET / 02:45 GMT
Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC reports Q4 results
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, the world's biggest contract chipmaker, reports Q4 results as investors are keen to know more about its 2021 outlook, global smartphone demand as well as update on its newly announced U.S. plant.
Delta Air to post annual loss hit by coronavirus pandemic
Delta Air Lines is due to post on Thursday its first annual loss in more than a decade after the coronavirus pandemic slashed air travel demand, with focus on the speed of a recovery as COVID-19 vaccines roll out. It is the first U.S. airline to post 2020 results.
14 Jan 08:25 ET / 13:25 GMT
(VIA PRERECORDED VIDEO) Boston Federal Reserve Bank
resident Rosengren speaks before Boston Business Journal event (VIA PRERECORDED VIDEO) Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks before virtual Boston Business Journal "Recover Boston: The Road Ahead - Economic Issues in 2021."
14 Jan 09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT
IMF spokesman holds news conference
IMF spokesman Gerry Rice holds regular news conference.
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
INDONESIA-CRASH/ (PIX) (TV)
Search continues for cockpit voice recorder of crashed Indonesian jet
Rescue teams are back at sea to continue the search for the cockpit voice recorder of the ill-fated Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed at the weekend killing all 62 on board, after bad weather hampered operation the day before.
PALESTINIANS-GAZA/DISABLED-KARATE (PIX) (TV)
Gaza man plays Karate to defy disability
Born with no legs and only partially developed arms, Youssef Abu Amira hasn't only got a university degree but has recently enrolled to practice Karate to challenge his disability.
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
Greek government submits bill on Rafale jets to parliament, vote expected this week
Greece's conservative government has submitted a bill on the purchase of 18 Rafale fighter jets from France to parliament. Lawmakers are expected to pass the legislation by the end of the week.
U.N. Security Council to be briefed on Yemen
U.N. Security Council to receive monthly briefing on Yemen. It comes after the United States announced plans to to designate Yemen's Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, a move the United Nations warned could undermine peace talks and make it harder to feed Yemenis enduring the world's largest humanitarian crisis.
14 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT