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Updated: 06-12-2018 03:30 IST
President Emmanuel Macron’s government is dropping further fuel-tax hikes in next year’s budget in the face of protests across France over living costs, his prime minister said on Wednesday, a day after announcing their suspension for six months.


Facebook gave data on user's friends to certain companies: documents

Facebook Inc let some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, access users’ lists of friends after it cut off that data for most other apps around 2015, according to documents released on Wednesday by a British lawmaker investigating fake news and social media.



Master of bygone civility, Bush is hailed at funeral as U.S. 'soldier-statesman'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics.


Driver who killed woman at Virginia rally may have felt threatened: witness

Lawyers for the white nationalist on trial for murder after plowing his car into a crowd protesting a right-wing rally in Virginia began their case on Wednesday with testimony to back up his defense that he felt endangered by the counterprotesters.



China confident on U.S. trade pact, Trump cites Xi's 'strong signals'

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China expressed confidence on Wednesday that it can reach a trade deal with the United States, a sentiment echoed by U.S. President Donald Trump a day after he warned of more tariffs if the two sides could not resolve their differences.


Takeda clears key hurdle as investors back $59 billion Shire deal

OSAKA (Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical has won shareholder approval for its $59 billion takeover of London-listed Shire, creating a global powerhouse that has a stronger drugs pipeline but is also saddled with massive debt.



Cuaron's 'Roma' beckons moviegoers to Mexico's presidential digs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Alfonso Cuaron’s critically acclaimed film “Roma” is set to show in one of Mexico’s most exclusive venues, taking over the once-private screening room of the palatial presidential residence, which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has opened to the public.


Cardi B splits with husband Offset - 'We just grew out of love'

Rapper Cardi B announced on Wednesday she is seeking a divorce from her husband Offset after just over a year of marriage, saying “I guess we just grew out of love.”



U.S. Gymnastics, reeling from abuse scandal, files for bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, the latest blow for an organization that has struggled to recover from scandal after former national team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused hundreds of gymnasts.


Ex-Michigan State DE Robertson sentenced in assault case

Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to sexually assaulting a female student.




Rwandan court announces verdict in case of president's critic

Rwandan prosecution on Wednesday asked the high court in Kigali that both Diane Rwigara, a prominent critic of Rwandan president Paul Kagame and her mother should be sentenced to 22 years in jail on charges of inciting insurrection and use of forged documents.

Dec 6


North Korea's foreign minister visits China for talks

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho arrives in Beijing to meet senior officials and discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Dec 6


Brexit debate on May's deal in British parliament British parliament continues debate on PM May's Brexit deal. Starts Dec. 4. Vote due on Dec. 11.

Dec 6


Foreign Ministers of OSCE states meet in Italy

Foreign ministers from many of the 57-member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are due to hold two days of talks in Italy.

6 Dec, 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


INSIGHT-"We can’t go anywhere": Myanmar closes Rohingya camps but "entrenches segregation"

Myanmar's government says it is closing crowded camps housing thousands of Rohingya Muslims displaced by violence in western Rakhine state in 2012. But Reuters interviews with more than a dozen residents from five camps and internal United Nations documents show the move simply means building new, more permanent homes next to the camps - rather than allowing them to return to the areas from which they fled - leaving their situation little changed.

6 Dec, 19:30 ET / 7 Dec, 00:30 GMT


White House conducts roundtable with tech executives -companies

Trump administration, which has had sometimes strained relations with high-technology companies, meets with top tech executives for roundtable discussion on innovation, several companies attending say.

Dec 6


Brazil's Temer speaks to foreign press

Outgoing Brazilian President Michel Temer speaks to foreign correspondents on the achievements and shortfalls of his interim two-and a-half-year government. Temer hands over to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan 1.

6 Dec, 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


EU Brexit negotiator Barnier talks Brexit with regional representatives

Michel Barnier, the European Union's Chief Brexit Negotiator, discusses Brexit and its impact on regions and cities with local leaders from all the EU's member states, a few days before the UK's parliament's crucial vote on the agreed Withdrawal Agreement.

6 Dec, 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Sri Lanka tourism industry suffers on political crisis in peak season

Sri Lanka's tourism sector, poised for record revenue this year and accounts for 5 percent of the economy, has started to suffer due to cancellation of bookings mainly from the West as a lingering political crisis taking the toll.

Dec 6


Poland hosts UN Climate Change Conference (COP-24)

The 2018 UN climate change conference (COP24) will be held from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland

Dec 6


WIDER IMAGE - With clubs and churches, Berlin tries but fails to become home for migrants

A look at the lives of Syrian migrants settling into life in Germany.

Dec 6



Paradise, California, residents allowed back to their homes for first time after fire

Residents of some neighborhoods in Paradise, California, the town all but destroyed by a wildfire last month, were allowed back to their homes for the first time since the fire tore through the town with a population of 27,000.

5 Dec, 17:30 ET / 22:30 GMT



Supreme Court weighs "double jeopardy" case

The Supreme Court hears a case that could overturn the ability of the federal government and states to prosecute people separately for the same underlying offense

6 Dec, 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT



INSIGHT-Ageing Japan: Neighbouring suburbs face divergent futures as one greys, one grows

As Japan ages and its population shrinks, two cities within commuting distance of Tokyo, Sakura and Inzai, illustrate what Japanese communities must do to survive and deal with the rising costs of caring for elderly residents.

6 Dec, 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT


Molecular Partners goes over pipeline with investors at R&D day

Swiss drugmaker Molecular Partners has a lot on its plate, trying to bring a drug for macular degeneration to the market with ally Allergan while bringing forward a host of earlier-stage cancer medicines.

6 Dec, 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


Australia-Trade balance

Analysts expect another strong surplus of around A3.2 billion in October as prices for key commodity exports remained high in the month while shipments of liquefied natural gas ramped up as new projects came on stream.

6 Dec, 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


Canada's Bombardier to publish 2019 guidance for its divisions at investor day Canadian train and plane maker

Bombardier is to publish its 2019 division guidance ahead of the company's investor day in New York.

6 Dec, 01:00 ET / 06:00 GMT


U.S. mulls finalizing duties on welded pipe from China, India

The U.S. International Trade Commission meets to make a final determination of whether Americans producers are being harmed by imports of large-diameter welded steel pipe from India and China that are being subsidized and dumped in the U.S. market. A positive finding would lock in duties already announced by the U.S. Commerce Department

Dec 6


Hyundai's S.Korean union goes on strike

Hyundai's South Korean union goes on strike for four hours. The company and a local government partner were aiming to sign a final deal this week on a low-cost carmaking joint venture. The move would help Hyundai produce a model of mini-SUVs at a lower cost and cut reliance on its unionized workers who have resorted to strikes almost every year to raise wages.

Dec 6


Australia-Retail Sales

Sales are forecast to rise a meagre 0.2 percent in Oct, extending a run of soft readings as consumers struggle with miserly wage growth and high debt. Concerns about falling house prices in Sydney and Melbourne are becoming another headwind for confidence and spending.

6 Dec, 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


U.S. court to hear appeal of lower court's approval of ATT-Time Warner deal

A panel of three federal appeals court judges will hear the U.S. Justice Department's appeal of a ruling allowing AT&T Inc to acquire Time Warner.

6 Dec, 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization releases monthly food price index

United Nations food agency (FAO) releases food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar. FAO also releases its cereal supply and demand brief, including production forecasts.

6 Dec, 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


Mexico publishes November auto production, exports data

Mexico's statistics agency publishes November auto production, exports data

Dec 6


Serbia’s central bank announces December benchmark rate

Serbia’s central bank will announce December benchmark rate. The bank currently holds the rate at 3 percent.

6 Dec, 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


RBA Deputy Governor Debelle speaks in Sydney

RBA Deputy Gov Guy Debelle speaks at the ABE dinner on Lessons and Questions from the GFC

6 Dec, 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz holds news conference

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz speaks to the press after a meeting of Germany's Stability Council, which is made up of representatives of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the finance ministries of Germany's state and the Economy Ministry.

6 Dec, 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Fed's Quarles speaks at Stanford

Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles speaks on "Banking Conditions in the West" before event, "State of the West 2018: Investing in the Future West -- Banks and Infrastructure," in Stanford, Calif.

5 Dec, 20:15 ET / 01:15 GMT


ANALYSIS-Trading Trump: Wall Street stresses over White House comments

The U.S. stock market dropped sharply on Dec. 4 on fears that President's Trump's pronouncements on a trade war truce with China were exaggerated. The brutal reversal highlights a broader dilemma for Wall Street investors: how seriously to take comments by the White House. With embedded tweets.

6 Dec, 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT



U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross speaks at space industry summit

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is among the features speakers at space industry summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

6 Dec, 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT


SPECIAL REPORT-After a dire diagnosis, hope and uncertainty at the frontiers of medicine

After doctors diagnosed a Reuters editor's 4-year-old boy with a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, she and her husband found themselves confronting new choices where genomics have led to therapies both promising and uncertain.

Dec 6



Nominations announced for the Golden Globes

Nominations are announced for the Golden Globe awards for film and television. The ceremony will be held Jan.6 in Los Angeles

Dec 6


Sketchbooks of the original Star Wars designs on show at Bonhams

Sketchbooks of the original Star Wars designs on show at Bonhams. The sketchbooks show costume designs for pivotal characters in Star Wars including Darth Vader, Chewbacca and the stormtroopers.

Dec 6


Reactions to the Golden Globe nominations

Film critic in LA reacts following Golden Globe nomination

6 Dec, 09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT


Kung-fu bullfighting: A rare breed in eastern China

A Chinese Kung-fu master runs a school to train the next generation of bull fighters, who can wrestle a 450 kg bull to the ground in three minutes.

Dec 6


Golden Globe film clips

Film clips for those movies nominated for a Golden Globe

6 Dec, 09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT


Hungarian artist shows absurdity of politics in mocking portraits

Hungarian painter and visual artist drMarias creates mocking portraits of oligarchs and world leaders including Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Viktor Orban. Dealing with existential questions deriving from eastern European identity, history and political context, he defines his art as 'social surgery'.

Dec 6


Senegal opens one of world's largest collections of African artwork

Senegal President Macky Sall inaugurates the Museum of Black Civilizations, one of the world's largest collections of African artwork, as Senegal and other African countries push European museums to return looted artefacts.

Dec 6


Pirelli calendar launches with star-studded party

Celebs attend VIP Gala launch in Milan for famous calendar.

Dec 6

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