Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m. ET/10 a.m. GMT. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect here or on Media Express here.
ISRAEL-GULF/BAHRAIN (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX)
Israel sends treaty delegation to Bahrain with Trump aides
JERUSALEM, Oct 18 (Reuters) - An Israeli delegation accompanied by the U.S. treasury secretary flew to Bahrain on Sunday to formalise nascent relations and broaden Gulf cooperation that Washington has promoted as an anti-Iran bulwark and potential economic bonanza.
THAILAND-PROTESTS/ (TV, PIX)
Thai protesters take to streets in new show of defiance
BANGKOK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok on Sunday, again defying a ban on protests against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the powerful monarchy.
Trump and Biden try to woo early U.S. voters on Sunday
Oct 18 (Reuters) - U.S. presidential rivals Donald Trump and Joe Biden will court early voters on Sunday as their campaigns step up events ahead of their final debate this week.
USA-COURT/BARRETT-PROTEST (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV)
Thousands protest Trump’s Supreme Court pick at Washington Women’s March
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Thousands marched to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Saturday to commemorate the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and protest President Donald Trump’s rush to push through Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement.
BOEING-737MAX/AMERICAN AIRLINE (UPDATE 1, PIX)
American Airlines plans to return Boeing 737 Max to service at year-enda
Oct 18 (Reuters) - American Airlines Group plans to return Boeing 737 Max jets to service for passenger flights by the end of this year depending on certifictaion of the aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it said on Sunday.
China passes export-control law following U.S. moves
SHANGHAI, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China passed a law restricting exports of controlled items, allowing the government to act against countries that abuse export controls in a way that harm’s China’s interests, state media said.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/NEW YORK-MOVIES (UPDATE 2, PIX)
Movie theaters outside New York City to reopen at 25% capacity, Cuomo says
NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen on Oct. 23 after a months-long hiatus spurred by the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.
NFL-Fans allowed to attend more than half of Week 6 games
Oct 17 (Reuters) - For the first time this season more than half of this weekend’s NFL games will welcome fans, the league said on Saturday as it oversees its 2020 campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
MLS-No Supporters’ Shield in 2020, league says
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Supporters’ Shield will not be awarded this year, the league said on Saturday, due to the changes to the standard competitive environment forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SPAIN (PIX) (TV)
Monitoring coronavirus situation in Spain
Monitoring coronavirus situation in Spain
18 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Young U.S. poll workers brace for Election Day as virus fears keep elders home
After scrambling to replace an aging force of poll workers most at risk from the coronavirus, U.S. election officials face the challenge of running the Nov. 3 voting with untested volunteers tasked with following strict health protocols in an intensely partisan environment.
18 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
West Africa bloc’s delegation expected in Ivory Coast amid election dispute
A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States is expected in Ivory Coast on Sunday on a crisis prevention mission as tensions build ahead of an Oct. 31 election. President Alassane Ouattara’s main rivals accuse him of violating the constitution by standing for a third term. Clashes broke out in an eastern city on Saturday after they called for a boycott and urged their supporters to prevent the poll form going ahead.
18 Oct 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT
Biden to campaign in North Carolina
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will campaign on Sunday in Durham, North Carolina.
18 Oct 13:00 ET / 17:00 GMT
FACTBOX- What a Joe Biden win could mean for financial policy
With less than three weeks to go to the election, Biden is leading Republican president Donald Trump nationally and in battleground states. Here are some of the key areas his administration and agency picks would likely focus on.
19 Oct 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
Weakened consumer watchdog expected to bite back if Biden wins
A decade-long Republican campaign to weaken the consumer watchdog’s independence is set to backfire if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidential election, by handing him the power to swiftly replace the agency’s director with a consumer champion, said nearly a dozen lawyers, lobbyists and policy experts.
19 Oct 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
Taiwan foreign minister takes questions at parliament
Taiwan Foreign Minister takes lawmaker questions in parliament.
19 Oct 21:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
Fearful and with spirits crushed, Iraqi activists flee abroad
Dozens of activists, rights workers and journalists have fled the Iraq since last years’ anti-government protests to escape threats by emboldened militia groups.
JAPAN-SOUTHEASTASIA/VIETNAM-WELCOMING (PIX) (TV)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends welcoming ceremony in Hanoi
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi during his first trip abroad since taking office.
JAPAN-SOUTHEASTASIA/VIETNAM-JOINT STATEMENT (PIX) (TV)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a joint news conference in Hanoi
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga holds a joint statement with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi during his first trip abroad since taking office.
US National Security Advisor visits Brazil on October 19-20
The U.S. National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien will visit São Paulo and Brasília on October 19-20, for meetings with Brazilian government officials and private sector leaders, accompanied by Export Import Bank president Kimberly Reed, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Nemelka and the Managing Director of the Development Finance Cooperation, Sabrina Teichman,
Polish conservatives eye Constitutional Tribunal ruling to de-facto ban abortion
A Polish woman speaks about her ordeal in trying to terminate a pregnancy after finding out the fetus had a lethal genetic disorder. While such abortions are technically legal in the predominantly Catholic Poland, many doctors and hospitals refuse to perform or facilitate them on religious grounds. Terminating a pregnancy in the case of fetal deformities might become fully illegal following a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal due on Oct. 22 on a petition filed by a group of ruling party lawmakers. Critics say the government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is hoping to use the court to curb already restrictive abortion rules. Previous attempts to pass such restrictions in parliament were rolled back after massive public protests.
JAPAN-SOUTHEASTASIA/VIETNAM (PIX) (TV)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visits Hanoi
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks in Hanoi during a two-day visit, his first trip abroad since he took office. Japan is among the largest source of foreign investment for Vietnam. Both countries are signatories to an 11-country CPTPP deal that will slash tariffs across much of the Asia-Pacific, and are locked in separate maritime disputes with China.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers speech in Hanoi during first foreign trip
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech in Hanoi during his first trip abroad since taking office.
USA-ELECTION/EARLY VOTING (TV)
In-person early voting begins in Florida and five other states
In-person early voting begins in Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, North Dakota, Colorado
Virtual Three Seas Initiative summit in Tallinn
Presidents of all 12 Three Seas Initiative countries are expected to participate - Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. All virtually except Polish President Andrzej Duda and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who will participate in person. Also scheduled to speak during the broadcast are: U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager and in a non-public part of the virtual summit: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
LIBERTY OILFIELD-CEO/WRIGHT (PIX) (GRAPHIC)
Oilman Chris Wright’s unusual route to top ranks of U.S. fracking services
Chris Wright has always stood out in the oilfield: A mountain climber and MIT grad who ran an oil explorer in North Dakota, he launched a hydraulic fracturing firm after learning suppliers were chronically short-handed during the shale boom. Nine years later, he is running he second-largest fracker in North America and fighting to maintain its unique culture during the industry’s worst bust.
For Biden, ambitious economics may wait on battle with coronavirus
The Democratic party’s sprawling presidential primary last spring offered a wide open debate on economic policy that ranged from the merits of wealth taxes and other ways to ease U.S. economic inequality to aggressive proposals for reducing the use of fossil fuels. Yet even a “blue wave” victory next month giving Democrats control of the White House and both chambers of Congress may strand that sort of transformational economic thinking on the sidelines until the battle against the coronavirus is won.
Annual meeting between the IMF and the World Bank Group
Finance and development ministers, central bankers, private sector executives and academics convene for the annual meeting between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BULGARIA-CIRCUS (PIX) (TV)
Bulgaria’s biggest circus bets on laughter amid coronavirus woes
Bulgaria’s Circus Balkanski has re-started its shows in September, betting that clowns jibes, breathtaking acrobatics and dangerous stunts can help Bulgarians and their children put their minds off the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns in the spring scrapped planned shows and left its founder and owner Alexander Balkanski, 78, and the troupe struggling to make ends meet. Upbeat, Balkanski, an descendant from the Florentine Malevolti family of circus artists that can be traced back to 200 years, had to put a mortgage on his own home to renovate his circus and keep performing.
Welcome Aboard, Sort Of: How to start a new job in 2020
After shedding about 22 million jobs since March, the U.S. economy has since added over 11 million of those back, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For new hires working from home, here are few tips on how companies can make employees feel welcome from a distance – and how just-hired staffers can navigate this bizarro world:
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