13 Jan 2021 / 14:02 H.

    Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m. GMT/1 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect or on Media Express




    Report reveals grim infant death toll, cruelty at Church-run homes in Ireland

    DUBLIN/TUAM, Ireland (Reuters) - Thousands of infants died in Irish homes for unmarried mothers and their offspring mostly run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s to the 1990s, an inquiry found on Tuesday, an "appalling" mortality rate that reflected brutal living conditions.


    Indonesia confident on finding second 'black box' of crashed plane

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian divers believe they are close to finding the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet that plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff with 62 people onboard.



    With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.


    U.S. Capitol Police intelligence chief warned Congress in July of right-wing attacks

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of intelligence for the U.S. Capitol Police warned Congress in July that rebellion against COVID-19 precautions had accelerated violence by right-wing "revolutionary extremists," according to congressional testimony.



    Walmart, Disney suspend contributions to U.S. lawmakers who opposed Biden certification

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's biggest retailer and Walt Disney Co joined other major companies in indefinitely suspending donations to U.S. lawmakers who voted against President-elect Joe Biden's election certification.


    Exclusive: U.S. tells European companies they face sanctions risk on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department this month told European companies which it suspects are helping to build Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they face the risk of sanctions as the outgoing Trump administration prepares a final round of punitive measures against the project, two sources said on Tuesday.



    Hollywood movie box office slumped to near 40-year low in 2020

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood movies suffered an unprecedented 80% slump in box office revenue in North America in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic closed movie theaters and studios held back the release of scores of new films.


    Dwayne Johnson, DiCaprio headline Netflix's U.S. slate of 2021 movies

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Tuesday it will release more than 70 movies this year to its U.S. customers across comedy, drama, family and other genres, a lineup that underscores the streaming service's growing prominence in the film business.



    Japan presses on with Olympics preparations despite surging coronavirus cases

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government is continuing with preparations to hold the Tokyo Olympics this summer as planned, following a postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic, chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Wednesday.


    Golf-Augusta National plans to have some fans at Masters

    Augusta National Golf Club said on Tuesday it plans to have limited spectator attendance at the Masters in April amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.




    Asia credit markets off to roaring start as wall of debt looms

    A busy start to the year for Asia's debt markets reflects global cash pouring in to Asian credits and companies in a hurry to lock-in funding before a record pile of dues must be repaid.

    13 Jan 05:00 ET, 09:00 GMT


    REUTERS NEXT- Spot coverage of panel discussion on press freedom

    Spot coverage of a Reuters NEXT panel on press freedom around the world, featuring Rappler Chief Executive Maria Ressa, Frontier Myanmar Co-founder and CEO Sonny Swe and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

    13 Jan 05:00 ET, 09:00 GMT


    Return with confidence: How Siemens creates safe, healthy workspaces

    At Siemens, Ruth Gratzke is overseeing a 'Return with confidence' campaign to create safe and healthy indoor office environments.

    13 Jan 05:00 ET, 09:00 GMT


    REUTERS NEXT- Interview with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce speaks at the Reuters Next conference. Topics to include the current state of the Australian domestic aviation market, the outlook for international travel as vaccines are rolled out and pandemic-related changes to the travel industry.

    13 Jan 05:30 ET, 09:30 GMT


    St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President Bullard speaks on the economy

    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard participates in moderated discussion on the U.S. economy and monetary policy before Reuters Next Virtual Forum.

    13 Jan 14:30 ET, 19:30 GMT


    REUTERS NEXT - World Bank President Malpass underscores urgency of COVID-19 vaccinations, global economy

    World Bank President David Malpass discusses a $12 billion initiative to help developing countries rapidly distribute COVID-19 vaccines, the impact of the pandemic on the global economy, and the risk of a looming debt crisis.

    13 Jan 16:00 ET, 21:00 GMT


    REUTERS NEXT - WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani interview

    WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani will be interviewed at the Reuters Next conference.

    13 Jan 16:30 ET, 21:30 GMT


    REUTERS NEXT - Interview with Richard Edelman

    Richard Edelman, CEO of global communications firm Edelman, will be interviewed at the Reuters Next conference.

    13 Jan 17:00 ET, 22:00 GMT


    Federal Reserve Board Governor Brainard speaks on the economy and employment

    Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on "The Economic Outlook and Full Employment" before virtual event: Mike McCracken Lecture on Full Employment to the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE).

    13 Jan 18:00 ET, 23:00 GMT


    REUTERS-NEXT - Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai discusses issues facing the company

    Alphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai takes questions during the Reuters Next virtual conference.

    13 Jan 18:30 ET, 23:30 GMT


    Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Harker participates in interview on the economy

    Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker participates in interview on the economy before virtual Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia "Economic Outlook '21."

    13 Jan 19:00 ET


    Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book

    Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book.

    13 Jan 19:00 ET


    Federal Reserve Vice Chair Clarida participates in virtual discussion with Hoover Institution

    Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida participates in discussion on "The Federal Reserve's New Framework: Context and Consequences," before virtual Hoover Institution Monetary Policy Conference: The Road Ahead for Central Banks.

    13 Jan 20:00 ET



    Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi visits Indonesia

    Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, the Chinese government's top diplomat, visits Indonesia and is expected to meet his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi in Jakarta.

    13 Jan 10:00 ET, 15:00 GMT


    Human Rights Watch issues annual report on worldwide events in 2020

    Human Rights Watch issues annual report.

    13 Jan 11:00 ET, 16:00 GMT


    FACTBOX-Some Republicans back Trump impeachment after storming of Capitol

    After spending four years defending President Donald Trump's behavior, a growing number of Republican lawmakers have said they will vote to impeach him on charges that he incited his supporters to carry out the deadly Jan. 6 attack on Congress. A factbox provides details on those who have.

    13 Jan 11:00 ET, 16:00 GMT


    Poll: Priorities for the Biden administration

    The Reuters/Ipsos poll will release its latest public opinion survey, which will include the latest level of support for President Trump, and a measurement of support for major Democratic legislative initiatives such as expanding Medicare to rejoining the Paris climate agreement.

    13 Jan 11:00 ET, 16:00 GMT


    Rights group says Brazil's Bolsonaro sabotaged anti-COVID efforts

    Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to sabotage efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in his country and pursued policies that undermine human rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday in its annual world report.

    13 Jan 12:00 ET, 17:00 GMT


    U.S. House of Representatives to vote on second Trump impeachment over Capitol siege

    Democrats and some Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday plan to vote to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time, charging him with inciting insurrection in a fiery speech to his supporters shortly before a deadly storming of the Capitol last week.

    13 Jan 14:00 ET, 19:00 GMT


    Portugal to announce new COVID-19 lockdown

    Portugal's government will announce on Wednesday when the new lockdown to tackle a worrying rise in coronavirus infections will come into place and which measures will be implemented as part of it.

    13 Jan 16:00 ET, 21:00 GMT


    Canada court hears application to change bail terms for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

    A Canadian court will hear an application to change the terms of bail for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is being held in Vancouver after her December 2018 arrest on a U.S. arrest warrant charging her with bank fraud. She is fighting extradition to the United States.

    13 Jan 18:00 ET, 23:00 GMT


    Once Bitten, Michigan secures Capitol amid growing threats nationwide

    Until the protests in Washington DC, the poster child for mishandling pro-Trump demonstrations was Lansing, Michigan, where last spring armed militia stormed and took over the statehouse. Officials there have learned at least some lessons: This week they barred open carry gun laws on the statehouse grounds. But in state with some of the most notable militia groups - who plotted plans to kidnap and torture the governor – law enforcement has its work cut out. This story will take the reader inside plans to prepare for what many expect to be another round of violent, extreme demonstrations this weekend.

    13 Jan 19:00 ET GMT



    Food deliveries halted, refugees flee amid Central African Republic fighting

    Every day at dawn, Polycarpe Fodjo gets up from a makeshift bed under his truck and waits. He should have delivered a load of rice from Cameroon to Central African Republic over three weeks ago, but a violent rebellion across the border has halted trade.

    13 Jan 09:00 ET, 14:00 GMT


    Turkish defence minister gives briefing to foreign journalists

    Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar gives briefing to foreign journalists, with topics on the agenda expected to include Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems, U.S. sanctions and the situations in Syria, Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Nagorno-Karabakh.

    13 Jan 12:00 ET, 17:00 GMT



    German Health Minister Spahn addresses parliament on start of vaccinations

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn holds keynote speech in parliament on start of vaccinations in Germany and across Europe.

    13 Jan 12:00 ET, 17:00 GMT


    #AskReuters Twitter chat: COVID-19 vaccines

    Healthcare experts from Georgetown, University of Michigan, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and more answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines during a Twitter chat.

    13 Jan 19:00 ET



    Celebs reveal their hypothetical presidential plans

    If I were president... celebs reveal what would be first on their agenda if elected a world leader.

    13 Jan 14:00 ET, 19:00 GMT



    U.S. Supreme Court weighs FTC authority over ill-gotten gains

    The U.S. Supreme Court weighs the scope of the Federal Trade Commission's ability to recoup ill-gotten gains from scam artists.

    13 Jan 15:00 ET, 20:00 GMT

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