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UK accuses Kremlin of trying to install pro-Russian leader in Ukraine
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Saturday accused the Kremlin of seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, and said Russian intelligence officers had been in contact with a number of former Ukrainian politicians as part of plans for an invasion.
Heavy gunfire heard in Burkina barracks, gov’t denies army takeover
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out from several military camps in Burkina Faso early on Sunday, the government said, but it denied the military had seized power.
California wildfire triggers evacuations, closes highway
A 1,500-acre fire near the coastal community of Big Sur, California triggered evacuations and closed part of a major highway, state and local officials said on Saturday.
Arizona Democratic Party formally censures Sinema
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The executive committee of the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) formally censured U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema over her vote against changing rules in the chamber to steer through voting rights legislation, the state party said on Saturday.
Delivery race among Indian grocery startups brings road safety risks
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian grocery startups are luring tech-savvy customers with the promise of deliveries within 10 minutes, sparking a boom in “quick commerce”, but heating up concerns about road safety as bike riders scramble to meet tight deadlines.
Bitcoin falls again, last down 4%
Bitcoin dropped again on Saturday and was last down around 4% for the day, hovering around the $35,000 level.
Next two ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies delayed until 2023, 2024
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The seventh and eighth movies in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise starring Tom Cruise have been delayed until 2023 and 2024 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, producers Paramount Pictures and Skydance said in a statement on Friday.
Adele postponement sidelines fans, disrupts live music recovery
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Elton John returned to the stage this week for the first time in nearly two years, and big names including Billie Eilish and Justin Bieber are getting ready to tour around the world.
Barty fends off Anisimova to reach Australian Open quarter-finals
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Home hero Ash Barty will play an Australian Open quarter-final for the fourth straight year after defeating emerging talent Amanda Anisimova 6-4 6-3 in Melbourne on Sunday.
Ngannou out-wrestles Gane to retain heavyweight crown
Francis Ngannou out-grappled Cyril Gane at UFC 270 in Anaheim, California on Saturday night to retain his UFC heavyweight crown before wrestling with questions about his future amid a feud with the promotion over his contract.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
International Council of Nurses to release report on COVID-19 challenges
International Council of Nurses, a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, is set to release a report on the challenges the pandemic poses for the profession.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/GERMANY (PIX) (TV)
German Chancellor Scholz meets state leaders on COVID-19 situation
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to speak to reporters after his meeting with the country’s 6 state premiers to discuss the coronavirus pandemic situation.
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
Four-year-old Australian girl’s suspected kidnapper appears in court via video link from prison
Terence Darrell Kelly, the man accused of kidnapping four-year-old Cleo Smith on October 1, 2021 from her family’s tent at a campsite in Western Australia’s north, faces court via video link from prison.
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti goes on trial for allegedly defrauding Stormy Daniels
The celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti faces a criminal trial in Manhattan federal court on charges he stole from a former client, adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Avenatti rose to fame as an opponent of Donald Trump while representing Daniels, who said she had an affair with the U.S. president.
BRITAIN-CRIME/GIGGS (PIX) (TV)
POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST Ryan Giggs goes on trial charged with assault against two women
Wales manager and former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs goes on trial accused of assault against two women.
Giggs has been charged with causing actual bodily harm to a woman in her 30s and common assault of a woman in her 20s, as well as one count of coercive and controlling behaviour between 2017 and 2020.
Giggs, 48, denies the charges and the trial could go on for up to three weeks.
Singapore court to rule on last-ditch appeal to save Malaysian from hanging
A Singapore court is due to rule on Monday on an appeal against the execution of a Malaysian convicted of drugs smuggling, a fate from which activists and United Nations experts say he should be spared because he is mentally impaired.
His case has attracted international attention, with Malaysia’s prime minister, a group of U.N. experts and British billionaire Richard Branson urging Singapore to commute his death sentence.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
As lift-off looms, markets bet ‘aggressive’ Bank of Canada will tame inflation
As lift-off looms for the Bank of Canada, investors expect the central bank to hike interest rates this year with enough vigor to bring price pressures under control but likely at a cost of slower economic growth.
Judge to rule on whether to toss Google location privacy lawsuit in Arizona
An Arizona judge is expected to rule on Monday on whether to dismiss a lawsuit that had been brought by the state’s attorney general nearly two years ago accusing Alphabet Inc’s Googleof misleading users with unclear smartphone location tracking settings.
Interview with Angola finance minister Vera Daves de Sousa
Interview with Angola’s Finance Minister Vera Daves de Sousa on the outlook for another IMF programme for the country, the ongoing privatisation process and progress on economic reforms and oil revenues.
EASTEUROPE-ECONOMY/INFLATION (PIX) (TV)
ANALYSIS-Soaring costs for CEE producers add fuel to inflation surge
Companies across central Europe are facing surging material, energy and wage costs that they will pass on to customers in 2022, feeding into a growing surge in inflation that could peak higher and last longer than central banks expect, shifting CEE’s interest rate trajectory higher.
ANALYSIS-A digital dollar is years away as U.S. Fed kicks issue to Congress
While the Federal Reserve’s paper on potentially adopting a central bank digital currency (CBDC) will advance debate in Washington, its decision to kick the issue to Congress means an official U.S. digital dollar is still several years away.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
FASHION-HAUTECOUTURE/PARIS (PIX) (TV)
Paris: Haute Couture
People may see the latest extravagant seasonal clothing made by prominent fashion firms and designers in Haute Couture fashion week(Fall/Winter).
ART-GAINSBOROUGH/THE BLUE BOY (TV)
Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’ goes on show in London after 100 years
Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘The Blue Boy’ returns to London’s National Gallery for a new exhibition, 100 years after the painting was shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.
Olympics-Interview with British snowboarder Katie Ormerod ahead of Beijing Games
Interview with British snowboarder Katie Ormerod as she looks to put the agony of missing the previous Olmypics through injury behind her by bringing home a medal from Beijing
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido on Maduro recall, opposition revamp
We’ll speak to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido about the recall vote against the country’s president Nicolas Maduro and about how the beleaguered opposition plans to re-energize supporters after a largely disappointing showing in regional elections last year.
BRITAIN-ASSANGE/ (PIX) (TV)
UK High Court decision expected over Assange extradition appeal
UK High Court expected to give its ruling on whether WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange can appeal a decision to extradite him to the United States to the UK Supreme Court.
Statement from Assange’s partner, Stella Morris, expected after verdict.
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