August 21, 2017 / 10:40 AM / 10 months ago

Monday Morning Briefing

Millions across the United States gather for an awe-inspiring solar eclipse, a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker near Singapore and Uber hiked its Hong Kong fees by up to 80 percent.

A woman looks through a telescope on the football field at Madras High School the evening before a solar eclipse in Madras, Oregon, U.S., August 20, 2017. Picture taken August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Solar Eclipse

Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, will draw one of the largest audiences in human history, experts say. 

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era 

Lights, camera, corona: Hollywood embraces the eclipse 

Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse 


Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.  

No oil pollution reported after U.S. warship, tanker collide off Singapore 

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville 

'America First' protesters face off with opponents at California beach rally 

U.S. sharply scales back visa services in Russia after diplomatic row 

In Montana’s Indian country, tribes take opposite sides on coal 


Statues have a power of their own, writes columnist John Lloyd. Rather than tearing down tributes to leaders like those of the Confederacy, their statues “should be attended by explanation, debate and opposing views, even ‘opposing’ monuments.” Clarification about why controversial figures were once regarded so highly might be only a compromise, but “it speaks to reason, and may help to avoid what presently threatens to be an escalation of hate,” says Lloyd. 


South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions. 

Extremely dissatisfied' China blames India for border scuffle 

Reuters TV: White House to unveil long awaited plan for Afghanistan

The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches 

People gather at an impromptu memorial where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 20, 2017

People gather at an impromptu memorial where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 20, 2017


Spanish police extended the search for the man who killed 13 people in Barcelona to all of Europe as details emerged of how he fled on foot through the streets of the old town before disappearing. 

Finland's knife attack suspect to appear in court, may be via video link

One killed in Marseille after car crashes into bus shelters: police  


Uber hiked its Hong Kong fees by up to 80 percent after a review of its business there, the embattled ridesharing company said, adding it was not having issues financing its operations in the Asian financial hub. 

Fiat Chrysler says not approached by Great Wall Motor 

Shift from non-GAAP bottom lines could be good for stock prices 

Bankrupt Texas utility Energy Future Holdings will abandon a deal to sell power transmission company Oncor to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $9 billion and will accept a $9.45 billion bid for Oncor by Sempra Energy instead, people familiar with the matter said. The development represents a rare blow for Buffett, who avoids bidding wars for companies and had swooped in two months ago to buy Oncor after two previous attempts by Energy Future to sell it were blocked by Texas regulators. 

Hong Kong property investors go trophy hunting in London despite Brexit 

Breakingviews: China's M&A controls trap firms in a warped market

Middle East

Saudi Arabia's state carrier said it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

Russian jets kill over 200 Islamic State militants near Syria's Deir al-Zor: agencies 

Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants 

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