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17 Sep 2020 / 14:02 H.

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    TOP STORIES

    GLOBAL

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/GLOBAL-CASES

    Global coronavirus cases to soon surpass 30 million - Reuters tally

    Global coronavirus cases are expected to pass 30 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing.

    THAILAND-USA/TRADE

    Exclusive: In the weeds: How Bayer, U.S. govt teamed up against Thailand's glyphosate ban

    Chemicals giant Bayer and the U.S. government cooperated closely last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, used in the company's controversial weedkiller Roundup, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show.

    U.S.

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-SENATE

    Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks: 'He was confused'

    President Donald Trump took exception on Wednesday to comments from the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and that masks might be even more effective.

    USA-ELECTION/BIDEN

    Democrat Biden warns against rushing out coronavirus vaccine, says Trump cannot be trusted

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday rejected President Donald Trump's charge that he is spreading fear about the safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine, urging Trump to defer to scientists and not rush its rollout.

    BUSINESS

    INDIA-CHINA/AUTOS-GM

    GM faces unexpected bills as India-China tensions delay sale of India plant -sources

    Delays to General Motors' sale of its Indian plant to Great Wall Motor due to tensions between India and China are likely to result in hefty unplanned costs for the U.S. automaker, people familiar with the matter said.

    USA-TIKTOK/ORACLE

    Trump raises questions about TikTok-Oracle deal if ByteDance ties remain

    U.S. President Donald Trump raised questions on Wednesday about plans by China's ByteDance to keep a majority stake in the U.S. operations of popular social media platform TikTok after six Republican lawmakers urged him to reject the proposal.

    ENTERTAINMENT

    SONY-PLAYSTATION 5

    Sony PlayStation 5 to launch November priced $499.99 and $399.99

    Sony Corp said its next-generation PlayStation 5 console would launch in November priced at $499.99 and $399.99 for a version without a disk drive, as it squares off against rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox console.

    SPACE-EXPLORATION/VENUS-NASA

    NASA mulls possible mission to Venus after recent discovery of possible life

    NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from four proposals under review, including one to Venus that scientists involved in the project said could help determine whether or not that planet harbors life.

    SPORTS

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-NCAA

    Big Ten to start its college football season next month

    The Big Ten Conference changed course on Wednesday saying there will be college football this year after having earlier postponed play amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

    TENNIS-ROME-PTPA

    Djokovic meets ATP chief Gaudenzi, says players body moving ahead

    Novak Djokovic had a chat with ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi ahead of the Italian Open in Rome regarding his breakaway players body, the world number one said, reiterating that the new association could be a "positive addition" to the men's Tour.

    UPCOMING

    SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SINGAPORE (PIX)

    EXPLAINER: Why does Singapore have the world's lowest COVID-19 death rate

    Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality rate in the world, according to data from John Hopkins University. Only 27 people out of more than 57,000 infected have died from the disease, according to official figures, and none in the last two months. The country's leading disease experts explain the factors behind the numbers.

    17 Sep 02:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

    UGANDA-DEFORESTATION/ (PIX) (TV)

    Uganda reverses forest destruction by inviting in ... loggers

    For decades, farmers hungry for land and families needing firewood whittled away at Uganda's forests, home to endangered gorillas, elephants and chimpanzees. Now the decline has reversed, thanks to a government policy that relies on loggers to help protect trees.

    17 Sep 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AFRICA (PIX)

    WHO, Africa CDC to provide updates on COVID-19 pandemic

    Experts from the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention will hold online media briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-VETERAN (PIX) (TV)

    UK's Captain Sir Tom Moore gets an autobiography

    Interview with Captain Sir Tom Moore as his new autobiography, 'Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day' is set to be released.

    17 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

    FACEBOOK-TECHNOLOGY/

    Facebook chief scientist says "true AR glasses" at least five years away

    Facebook Inc is about five to ten years away from being able to bring to market "true" augmented reality glasses, its chief scientist told Reuters, as the company released plans to launch a first generation product next year.

    17 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SPAIN-POVERTY (PIX) (TV)

    In one of Europe's worst outbreaks, the poor are hit harder

    Barcelona's municipality is conducting massive coronavirus testing in one of the city's poorer and more multicultural neighbourhoods as the pandemic hits those communities harder across Spain, which has the highest number of cases in Western Europe

    17 Sep 12:00 ET / 16:00 GMT

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SPAIN-NEWS CONFERENCE (PIX) (TV)

    Spain health emergency chief holds news conference

    Spain's health emergency chief Fernando Simon to hold news conference on the coronavirus situation in Spain.

    17 Sep 12:30 ET / 16:30 GMT

    BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

    TOPGLOVE-RESULTS/

    Malaysia's Top Glove Q4 results

    Malaysia's Top Glove Corp, world's largest glove maker, announces its fourth-quarter financial performance.

    17 Sep 03:30 ET / 07:30 GMT

    STORM-SALLY/ENERGY (PIX) (TV)

    Storm-tossed U.S. oil producers, exporters tally damages, begin restarts

    Storm-tossed U.S. offshore energy producers and exporters on Thursday began clearing debris from Hurricane Sally, booting up idle Gulf of Mexico operations after hunkering down for five days.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    TAIWAN-ECONOMY/RATES

    Taiwan central banks holds quarterly rate setting meeting

    Taiwan's central bank holds its quarterly rates setting meeting, where it is expected to stand pat and keep its benchmark rate at 1.125%, a historic low, as the economy weathers the coronavirus pandemic well.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    BRITAIN-BOE/

    United Kingdom-BOE MPC

    The Bank of England announces its latest decision on interest rates and monetary policy.

    17 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

    BRITAIN-ECONOMY/BOE

    Bank of England set to show it's ready for more stimulus

    The Bank of England is likely to signal that it is getting ready to pump more stimulus into Britain's coronavirus-hit economy as it faces the double whammy of an expected jump in unemployment and mounting Brexit tensions.

    17 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

    USA-TREASURY/AUCTION

    Treasury Dept. sells 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities

    Treasury Dept. sells 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.

    17 Sep 13:00 ET / 17:00 GMT

    DELTA AIR-OUTLOOK/

    Delta Air to present at Morgan Stanley Virtual 8th Annual Laguna Conference

    Delta Air Lines is due to present at the Morgan Stanley Virtual 8th Annual Laguna Conference

    17 Sep 16:30 ET / 20:30 GMT

    POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

    EU-CHINA/

    China's ambassador to EU speaks on prospects and challenges for relations with 27-nation bloc

    Zhang Ming, China's ambassador to the European Union, speaks at European Policy Centre event on the prospects and challenges for EU-China relations.

    17 Sep 03:30 ET / 07:30 GMT

    ALGERIA-POLITICS/HISTORY (PIX)

    TIMELINE-Algeria's struggle between protesters and state

    Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune seeks to prevent any resumption of the mass protests that shook the state last year with a referendum on a new constitution.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    ALGERIA-POLITICS/ (PIX) (TV)

    Algerian president seeks to end unrest with constitutional change

    Algeria's president hopes a new constitution can help him stop any resumption of unrest after a coronavirus lockdown, turning a page on a political earthquake that unseated his predecessor.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    ALGERIA-POLITICS/PLAYERS (PIX)

    FACTBOX-The main players in Algeria's political upheaval

    Algeria will hold a referendum on Nov. 1 on changes to the constitution that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hopes will turn the page on last year's political unrest, but which the opposition seeks to boycott. These are some of the main players.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA

    Quarterly IAEA Board of Governors meeting

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog's 35-nation Board of Governors holds a quarterly meeting. Iran's atomic activities and its deal with major powers, which the agency is policing, will be on the agenda.

    17 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

    BRITAIN-SAVILE ROW/THE DECK (PIX) (TV)

    Luxury and bespoke tailoring with a feminine touch

    The Deck opens its first shopfront on Savile Row exclusively for women

    17 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

    TAIWAN-USA/ (PIX) (TV)

    US State Department official visits Taiwan

    U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach arrives in Taiwan for a three-day visit that has angered China.

    17 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

    RWANDA-POLITICS/ (PIX)

    'Hotel Rwanda hero' to appear in Kigali court bail hearing

    Paul Rusesabagina, whose experiences during the 1994 Rwandan genocide inspired a Hollywood movie, is due to appear in court as he applies for bail after being charged earlier in the week with terrorism, forming an armed group, and murder. His trial and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his appearance in Rwanda after years in exile are also shining a spotlight on political opposition to President Paul Kagame.

    17 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

    USA-ELECTION/ECONOMY (FACTBOX)

    FACTBOX-Trump, Biden offer clashing visions on reopening economy

    The coronavirus pandemic threw millions of Americans out of work, ended the longest U.S. economic expansion on record and undermined a key argument for President Donald Trump's re-election. Now, the Republican president and his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 3 election, Joe Biden, want to convince Americans they can get the economy back on track. A FACTBOX looks at how they want to revive it.

    17 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-HANCOCK (TV)

    British health secretary expected to update parliament on COVID

    British Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to update parliament on COVID-19, and particularly the state of the testing service.

    17 Sep 06:30 ET / 10:30 GMT

    HEALTH–CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-TESTING (PIX) (TV)

    UK lawmakers grill health officials on coronavirus testing programme

    British lawmakers quiz health officials on the country's testing programme.

    17 Sep 09:30 ET / 13:30 GMT

    USA-TRUMP/UN

    Trump saw U.N. value on N.Korea, but faces frustration on Iran

    Though skeptical of the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump saw value when he used it to impose crushing sanctions on North Korea in a bid to start talks with Pyongyang, but he now faces frustration at the world body over a similar push on Iran.

    17 Sep 13:00 ET / 17:00 GMT

    DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS

    STORM-SALLY/ (PIX) (TV)

    Hurricane Sally heads north, leaves destruction in its wake Hurricane Sally on Thursday edged away from the coast, bringing additional rains to the Southeast as residents of the Gulf Coast assessed the damage from the Category Two Hurricane.

    17 Sep 04:30 ET / 08:30 GMT

    STORM-SALLY/DAMAGE

    Deluge of Sally floods brings worse-than-expected damages

    Water damages from Hurricane Sally could be even worse than originally expected - potentially up to $8 billion - due to the havoc wreaked by several feet of rain that caused massive floods. Hurricanes are normally associated with massive wind gusts on the coast, but the damage caused by flooding rains over a big region is worse.

    17 Sep 12:00 ET / 16:00 GMT

    CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE

    ROMANIA-DEFENCE/USA-PATRIOT (PIX) (TV)

    Romania receives first batch of Patriot air defense missiles

    Romania takes delivery of its first batch of Patriot surface-to-air defense missiles, becoming the second Central European NATO member to operate the system. Romania, a staunch Washington ally, signed a contract for the delivery of seven Patriot configuration systems with U.S. defence contractors Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin in 2017.

    17 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

    ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

    HAITI-WEDDINGS/ (PIX)

    WIDER IMAGE - Defying protests and poverty, Haitians get creative to wed in style

    In a country where more than half the population lives under the poverty line of $2.41 per day, only the wealthiest of Haitian couples can afford the full shebang of a wedding ceremony, lavish dinner reception, and honeymoon. Most have to get creative. Sometimes multiple couples get married at the same time to save on church fees.

    17 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

    AWARDS-EMMYS/PREVIEW (PIX) (TV)

    Curiosity high for TV's anything-can-happen virtual Emmys

    California may be burning and the United States is in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, but Hollywood is hoping that there might be some relief in a party - albeit at a distance - at Sunday's Emmy awards. The highest awards in television are going ahead as a live, virtual ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, but without a celebrity audience or a red carpet, after six months of lockdowns

    17 Sep 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

    PEOPLE-COLIN KAEPERNICK/AUCTION (PIX) (TV)

    Colin Kaepernick's autographed rookie debut jersey up for auction

    Colin Kaepernick's official San Francisco 49ers rookie debut jersey is going up for auction.

    17 Sep 12:00 ET / 16:00 GMT

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