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N.Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile, S.Korea says

SEOUL, Oct 19 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, pulling Japan’s new prime minister off the campaign trail and overshadowing the opening of a major arms fair in Seoul.


Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Poland’s prime minister came under repeated criticism during a tense debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the EU’s chief executive telling Warsaw that its challenge to the supremacy of EUlaw would not go unpunished.



Biden signs order creating commissions to improve education for Black U.S. students

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order setting up two commissions within the Department of Education to improve education for Black students.


U.S. House committee nears contempt vote on Trump aide Steve Bannon

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected an attempt by former Trump aide Steve Bannon to refrain from testifying.



Argentina food chamber knocks back government prize freeze plan

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Argentina’s umbrella food industry chamber said on Tuesday that a government proposal to freeze prices on some 1,650 food and household goods fell short of an offer the sector could accept and criticized officials for pushing a one-sided deal.


United Airlines posts smaller quarterly loss as travel rebounds

CHICAGO, Oct 19 (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings (UAL.O) on Tuesday reported a narrower-than-expected third-quarter loss, helped by a recovery in travel demand.



It’s not Kanye, it’s Ye, after judge approves name change

LOS ANGELES, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West has won legal approval to officially shorten his name to Ye. The 44-year-old musician, record producer and fashion entrepreneur has used Ye as his Twitter handle for years and had petitioned a court to make it his full name with no middle name or last name. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams Court approved his request on Monday, according to court documents.


Russian space movie director says moon or Mars could be next

MOSCOW, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Russian film director Klim Shipenko said on Tuesday he was up for making a movie on the moon or even Mars after returning from 12 days of shooting aboard the International Space Station that transformed his ideas about the possibilities of cinema.



Vinicius double helps Real Madrid to 5-0 win at Shakhtar

Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr scored twice to lead them to a 5-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday as they put behind them their home defeat by Sheriff Tiraspol in their last Group D game.


USOPC to educate athletes on global issues ahead of Beijing Games

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said on Tuesday it will prioritize educating its athletes on global issues ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics where some could enter the debate about China’s human rights record.




Congressional panel probing Capitol riot votes on adopting contempt report against Bannon

U.S. House of Representatives select committee probing deadly Jan. 6 assault on Capitol convenes business meeting to vote on adopting contempt report against Steve Bannon, longtime advisor to former President Donald Trump.

19 Oct 19:30 ET / 23:30 GMT



Foxconn chairman speaks at business forum on company’s electric vehicle plans

Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way speaks at a forum on the company’s EV plans.

20 Oct 22:30 ET / 02:30 GMT


FOCUS-Malaysia chip sector demand surge reveals rising prices, shortage for years Malaysian electronics firms central to the supply of the basic chips that drive the world’s cars, smartphones and home devices say big-name customers are beating on their doors to lock in take-or-pay, longer-term deals at higher prices.

Oct 20


America Movil Q3 earnings call

America Movil executives discuss the company’s Q3 results in a call.

Oct 20


Executives will speak at the Reuters Events automotive conference

A series of executives in the automotive industry will speak at a Reuters Events automotive conference, running from Tuesday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 22.

Oct 20


UBS’s Weber takes the stage as Santander-Orcel court battle resumes

UBS’ Chairman Axel Weber is expected to take center stage on Wednesday in a court hearing in Madrid over Santander’s withdrawal of a multi-million euro offer to make Italian banker Andrea Orcel its CEO almost three years ago.

20 Oct 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT



Prime Ministers Questions take place in parliament

Prime Ministers Questions take place in parliament

Oct 20


Annual UNEP production gap report

Annual report by UNEP assessing the current fossil fuel production plans from governments, which shows that current production levels are “dangerously out of sync” with the Paris Agreement temperature limits.

Oct 20


U.S. Senate Democrats to push voting-rights vote, setting conflict with Republicans

U.S. Senate Democrats plan to hold a vote on voting-rights reform as early as Wednesday, setting up a conflict with Republicans who have vowed to block it. The move comes as a wave of Republican-led states are imposing new restrictions on voting rights following Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud.

Oct 20


Egypt’s military consolidates grip on northern Sinai

After years battling a messy insurgency in northern Sinai, Egypt’s military has secured large areas of the strategic stretch of land that borders the Gaza Strip and Israel, and is no longer on the back foot, witnesses, security sources and analysts say.

Oct 20


U.S. Secretary of State Blinken visits Ecuador

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to deliver a speech on day two of his Ecuador visit on the challenges facing democracies in the region, and how we can work together to deliver for our people. Additionally, the Secretary will participate in a business event that will highlight opportunities for collaboration with small- and medium-sized businesses, including women entrepreneurs, which are the engine of job creation and sustainable economic growth.

Oct 20


After fighting each other for years, Taliban and former government soldiers now rehab together in Kabul Taliban fighters and former Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers rehab together at the International Red Cross center in Kabul. After decades of fighting each other Taliban and former ANA soldiers have found a common space for rehabilitation and healing their wounds.

Oct 20


Colombian President Duque hosts U.S. Secretary of State Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a working lunch with Colombian President Ivan Duque and Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez in Bogota.

Oct 20


Bugarian hospitals struggle with COVID patients while many shun vaccines

Bulgarian hospitals are struggling with a rising number of coronavirus patients in the country where every seventh hospitalized patients since the start of the pandemic has lost the fight with the virus. Bulgaria is keeping the highest COVID-related death rate in the European Union, yet many Bulgarians shun vaccines.

Oct 20


U.S. Secretary of State Blinken visits Colombia, meets with Duque

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Colombia for meetings with the Andean country’s president, foreign minister and others to discuss irregular migration and the country’s peace process.

Oct 20


U.S. political parties to detail their finances ahead of 2022 elections

The Democratic and Republican parties will each disclose how much money they had in the bank at the end of September as they prepare for 2022 congressional elections that will be key for the future of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Oct 20


Members of European Parliament look ahead to October EU summit

In a debate with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar, MEPs will outline their expectations for the 21-22 October EU summit.

20 Oct 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT


News conference on investigation into jihadist attack

Officials from the Vienna prosecutors’ office and police hold a news conference on the investigation into last year’s jihadist attack in the Austrian capital in which a lone gunman killed four people on the night of Nov. 2. Police killed the gunman soon after he opened fire on crowded bar and restaurant terraces.

20 Oct 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


EU court rules on validity of Lufthansa’s takeover of Air Berlin

Europe’s second-highest court will rule on the validity of the takeover by Lufthansa in 2017 of a subsidiary of ailing Air Berlin, and also on easyJet’s acquisition of Air Berlin assets, following a challenge by Polish rival LOT

20 Oct 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


A year after Lagos bloodshed, Nigerians say promises of police reform prove hollow

One year ago, Adebanjo Akinwunmi gleefully waved a Nigerian flag at the Lekki Toll Gate, a stretch of tarmac in front of tollbooths on a highway on the outskirts of Lagos. Joined by thousands of his countrymen, he demanded an end to what demonstrators said was endemic police brutality. But after those protests ended in a hail of bullets, activists say government promises to tackle the issue have proven hollow.

20 Oct 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


Weekly Austrian cabinet meeting

Ministers hold a news conference after Austria’s weekly cabinet meeting.

20 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


EU parliament announces Sakharov prize winner

The European Parliament announces the winner of its Sakharov human rights prize, with nominees including Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and a collective of women’s rights activists from Afghanistan.

20 Oct 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


WIDER IMAGE – A funeral ritual in the besieged Xingu reservation

When a big chief dies in the Xingu indigenous reservation, its 16 tribes gather for a unique funeral ritual called the Kuarup. They prepare for days with body paint and colorful feathers for warrior dances that celebrate life, death and rebirth.

20 Oct 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


Moscow hosts international talks on Afghanistan with Taliban taking part

Moscow hosts international talks on Afghanistan. Taliban delegation accepted an invitation to take part in the talks. Russia earlier said U.S. were also invited to attend.

20 Oct 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT



Zoe Saldana talks about her Latin roots for ‘Maya and the Three’

Zoe Saldana talks about voicing the lead character and her Latin roots as she promotes animated TV series ‘Maya and the Three’

Oct 20


Indian barber brothers turn heads with stylish haircuts

Fancy carrying Michael Jackson, Christiano Ronaldo, Donald Trump or even Taj mahal on your head? – no problem, just come to this salon of Sidhu brothers in northern India and your wish would be granted!

Oct 20



Ohio to execute James Frazier, convicted of murdering woman

Ohio is scheduled to execute James Frazier who was convicted of murdering Mary Stevenson during a 2004 robbery.

Oct 20


Florida school gunman Cruz to plead guilty to murder of 17 in 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre

Nikolas Cruz is due in court on Wednesday to plead guilty to murder in the mass shooting that killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

20 Oct 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


U.S. Navy engineer, wife back in court on charges of selling submarine secrets

20 Oct 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT



Thai Transport minister inspects Don Muang Airport before country opens

Thailand’s Transport Minister Saksiam Chidchob inspects the readiness of Don Muang Airport in the lead up to the reopening of the country on November 1.

20 Oct 02:00 ET / 06:00 GMT


US advisers to the CDC meet to discuss COVID-19 boosters

Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet to discuss several vaccines, including combining the flu shot with the covid shot

20 Oct 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

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