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Ukraine receives second batch of U.S. weapons in Russian stand-off
KYIV, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Sunday the country had received a second consignment of weapons from the United States as part of defensive aid totalling $200 million.
Rival Honduran lawmakers back different congressional heads in dispute with next president
TEGUCIGALPA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Honduran lawmakers in rival alliances backed two different people as congressional president on Sunday amid disputes between President-elect Xiomara Castro and dissident members of her party, warning of a new political crisis in the poverty-stricken Central American nation.
Crews make progress against California wildfire that triggered evacuations
Jan 23 (Reuters) - Firefighters on Sunday made progress in battling a blaze burning near the mountainous Big Sur area in California that forced evacuations and shuttered a major highway.
U.S. Capitol riot probe to report any phony elector evidence to Justice Dept-chairman
WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. House probe of the deadly assault on the Capitol will share with federal prosecutors any evidence of potential crimes aimed at pushing phony Republican electors in states won by Democratic President Joe Biden, the committee’s chairman said on Sunday.
China Evergrande appoints EV unit chairman as executive director
Jan 23 (Reuters) - China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) said on Sunday it had appointed its Energy Vehicle unit’s chairman as an executive director.
Nelson Peltz’s Trian builds stake in Unilever - source
Jan 23 (Reuters) - Trian Partners, Nelson Peltz’s activist hedge fund, has built a stake in Unilever Plc (ULVR.L), ratcheting up the pressure on the consumer goods maker, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Swings to Sixth-Highest Grossing Movie in History With $1.69 Billion Globally
LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Variety.com) - Add another notch on “Spider-Man: No Way Home’s” long list of box office achievements.
Beijing Games had 72 COVID cases, none athletes, among early arrivals
BEIJING, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Beijing Olympics organisers said on Sunday they had confirmed 72 cases of COVID-19 among 2,586 Games-related personnel entering China from Jan. 4 to Jan. 22, with no cases among 171 athletes and team officials arriving in that period.
Tennis-Rejuvenated Monfils marches into Australian Open quarter-finals
MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Gael Monfils’s blistering start to the season continued on Sunday as he eased past Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5 7-6(4) 6-3 to reach his second Australian Open quarter-finals.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
Hong Kong’s financial sector faces talent crunch as expats head for the exit
With no signs of Hong Kong easing its international travel restrictions, many global financial firms are staring at the prospects of more of their expat staff leaving soon after the annual bonuses are paid out in the first quarter, headhunters and industry officials said.
24 Jan 17:00 ET / 22:00 GMT
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.
24 Jan 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT
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.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CANADA-NURSES (PIX) (TV)
‘Unsafe care’: Canadian hospitals strain with COVID-19 patients as Omicron hits health workers
The coronavirus pandemic’s Omicron wave hit Canada’s hospitals at the worst time: More people than ever are hospitalized with COVID-19 even as nurses fall sick with the virus and burnt-out colleagues are asked to pick up the slack. Public health experts say Omicron’s peak may be approaching in Canada but the health worker crunch remains.
24 Jan 01:00 ET / 06:00 GMT
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
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.
24 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
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.
Fed voters in 2022: How they stack up on monetary policy
As the U.S. Federal Reserve pivots on monetary policy and flags it may raise interest rates as many as four times this year to tame inflation running at a 40-year high, the composition of the rate-setting committee changes for 2022, starting at this week’s meeting.
24 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
Fed tries to match economic risks against market’s rush to tighten
The Federal Reserve may not raise interest rates until March, but officials’ tougher language about inflation is already kicking in, with borrowing costs rising for everyone from homebuyers to the federal government and stock markets kicking off the year deep in the red.
24 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
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.
24 Jan 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT
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.
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.
EU foreign ministers meeting
EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels to discuss Libya, Syria and Ukraine, joined by video link by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
24 Jan 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT
Truss and Sefcovic meet in Brussels for Brexit talks
British foreign minister Liz Truss and the EU commissioner responsible for Brexit negotiations Maros Sefcovic meet in Brussels for further negotiations.
24 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
Philippines presidential candidate Panfilo Lacson in an interview with talkshow personality
Philippines presidential candidate Panfilo Lacson in an interview with Filipino talkshow host.
24 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
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