16 Sep 2020 / 14:03 H.

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    Japan's Suga formally voted in as PM, readies 'continuity cabinet'

    Japan's Yoshihide Suga was voted prime minister by parliament's lower house on Wednesday, becoming the country's first new leader in nearly eight years, as he readied a "continuity cabinet" expected to keep about half of predecessor Shinzo Abe's lineup.


    Pandemic sharpens 'battle for the soul' of United Nations between U.S. and China

    Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China have hit boiling point at the United Nations over the coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting Beijing's bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington's traditional leadership.



    Louisville to pay $12 million settlement over Breonna Taylor's death in botched police raid

    The city of Louisville, Kentucky, will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot dead by police in a botched raid on her apartment in March, to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit, Mayor Greg Fischer said on Tuesday.


    Biden makes pitch to Florida Hispanic voters, saying Trump has failed them

    Democrat Joe Biden courted Hispanic voters on Tuesday on his first campaign visit of the year to Florida, saying President Donald Trump had let them down with his divisive immigration policies and a disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic.



    WTO finds Washington broke trade rules by putting tariffs on China; ruling angers U.S.

    The World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that the United States breached global trading rules by imposing multibillion-dollar tariffs in President Donald Trump's trade war with China, a ruling that drew anger from Washington.


    Trump says Oracle close to TikTok deal as ByteDance aims for majority ownership

    President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had heard Oracle Corp was very close to a deal over ByteDance's TikTok, even as sources said the Chinese company was seeking to keep majority ownership of the popular short video app.



    Kim Kardashian to freeze Facebook, Instagram accounts to protest hate speech

    Kim Kardashian West is joining other celebrities to freeze her Facebook and Instagram accounts on Wednesday, in a campaign urging the world's biggest social media company to curb the spread of hate and propaganda.


    Cardi B files for divorce after three years of marriage with Offset

    U.S. rapper Cardi B filed papers on Tuesday to divorce her husband, Offset, after three years of their on-and-off marriage.



    Woods aims to end lacklustre run at U.S. Open

    Tiger Woods hopes to snap his run of lacklustre performances at the U.S. Open this week, nearly a year after his last PGA Tour victory.


    MLB moves World Series into neutral-site bubble

    The World Series will be played in a neutral-site bubble with teams moving into the Texas Rangers new home in Arlington, Texas to avoid potential disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, said Major League Baseball on Tuesday.




    As some U.S. college students party, others blow the whistle

    Some U.S. college students are doing the once-improbable: blowing the whistle fellow classmates who break rules aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.

    16 Sep 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT


    UK PM Johnson appears before parliamentary committee

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears before parliament's Liaison Committee to discuss government's response to Coronavirus, in particular relating to the economy, Brexit and foreign policy.

    16 Sep 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT


    Top medical expert says Ontario needs smaller classes as COVID cases accelerate

    Class sizes in high risk schools need to be reduced so that students can maintain distance from each other, a top doctor who advised the government of Ontario on school reopening said in an interview, as classes resumed in the midst of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

    16 Sep 15:00 ET / 19:00 GMT



    EU Commission head Von Der Leyen in State of the Union address

    European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen lays out proposals for a post-COVID19 world in her first State of the European Union address before the European Parliament

    16 Sep 03:15 ET / 07:15 GMT


    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.

    16 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


    Human rights watchdog holds virtual briefing on torture in Belarus ahead UN debate

    NGO briefing on Belarus: "Documenting torture as a deliberate state policy", two days before the UN Human Rights Council holds an urgent debate on the post-election crisis in Belarus.

    16 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


    COVID-19 graft scandals fuel South Africans' anger with ruling ANC

    A spate of corruption scandals during the COVID-19 pandemic has further fuelled frustration among some South Africans with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and its failure to tackle graft despite renewed promises from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

    16 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


    U.S. House Committee holds hearing on firing of State Dept Inspector General

    Brian Bulatao, Under Secretary of State for Management; Marik String, Acting State Department Legal Adviser, and Clarke Cooper, assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, testify in the House Foreign Affairs Committee's investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

    16 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


    Canada task force sees billions for building retrofits and electric vehicles

    An influential Canadian environmental working group on Wednesday called for more than C$55 billion in spending over the next five years to spur a green economic recovery, a week before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to outline his own plan to parliament.

    16 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


    Pivotal Harvard race discrimination case to be weighed by U.S. appeals court

    A federal appeals court on Wednesday will consider whether Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in a closely-watched case that could impact whether U.S. colleges can use race as a factor in admissions.

    16 Sep 09:30 ET / 13:30 GMT


    Reuters/Ipsos' latest reading on American public opinion, 2020 presidential election

    The Reuters/Ipsos poll will release latest reading on American public opinion including support for presidential candidates ahead of the 2020 presidential election

    16 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


    Fast Take: Retail spending and the U.S. presidential election

    What the latest read on spending by American consumers at stores means for the U.S. presidential election.

    16 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


    U.S. Senate panel reviews efforts to respond to pandemic

    U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies conducts hearing to review coronavirus response efforts. CDC's Robert Redfield, HHS ASPR's Adm Brett Giroir, HHS' Robert Kadlec testify.

    16 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


    Democrat Biden to outline how he would oversee coronavirus vaccine

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday will lay out how he plans to develop and distribute a safe coronavirus vaccine if elected, seeking to draw a contrast with President Donald Trump's approach to combating the pandemic.

    16 Sep 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT


    WHO Americas director briefs on coronavirus epidemic in the region

    WHO Regional Director for the Americas Carissa Etienne will hold a virtual briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the region with other directors of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

    16 Sep 15:00 ET / 19:00 GMT



    Hurricane Sally takes aim at U.S. Alabama-Florida border area

    Hurricane Sally on Wednesday made its final, grinding approach to the U.S. Gulf Coast, its winds dialed back and just inching toward a daybreak landfall as a Category One storm.

    16 Sep 04:30 ET / 08:30 GMT



    Hurricane shifts from offshore oil fields, could damp fuel demand with massive rainfall

    Hurricane Sally shifted further away from U.S. offshore producing areas toward a landfall on an area of the U.S. Gulf Coast that posed fewer problems for refineries with a crawling motion and heavy rains that could damp fuel demand in the southeast U.S.

    16 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


    How to tell Black from white? Boardroom diversity advocates wonder

    As investors, executives and politicians demand greater racial and ethnic diversity in corporate boardrooms, they say they are running into a big problem: how to tell the ethnicity of directors in the absence of enough self-reporting and disclosure.

    16 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


    U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on aircraft certification reform following Boeing 737 MAX crashes

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation holds a hearing to consider legislative measures including reforms to aircraft safety and certification following two deadly Boeing 737 MAX crashes.

    16 Sep 09:45 ET / 13:45 GMT


    Fed releases fresh economic projections

    The Federal Reserve will signal its outlook for the U.S. recovery from the coronavirus crisis when it releases policymakers' fresh economic projections.

    16 Sep 14:00 ET / 18:00 GMT


    Uber fights to win back London licence in latest court battle

    Taxi app Uber will battle in court on Tuesday to win back its licence to operate in London after the city's transport regulator removed it over safety concerns.

    17 Sep 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT



    UN human rights investigators issue report on Venezuela

    Launch of the report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (FFM).

    16 Sep 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT



    Forget the winners - Emmy's first ever virtual ceremony could be the biggest talking point this weekend

    Television's Emmy Awards is usually a night of hugs, high-fives and glamorous stars posing on the red carpet but the coronavirus epidemic has nixed all that making for a very different virtual-only ceremony

    16 Sep 08:30 ET / 12:30 GMT

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