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Updated: 19-12-2018 15:35 IST

Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 10 a.m. GMT/5 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect or on Media Express




100 days to Brexit, businesses warn UK of no-deal abyss

With just 100 days until Brexit, the United Kingdom is on the brink of leaving the European Union without a divorce deal, the nightmare scenario for many businesses which are now planning for an economic shock.


Third Canadian detained in China, Canadian media says, citing ministry

A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Canada’s National Post newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing the Canadian foreign ministry.



Senate easily approves criminal justice legislation

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation long in the making and backed by President Donald Trump to reduce sentences for certain prison inmates.


Elon Musk unveils his first Los Angeles-area tunnel

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk made a brief public appearance late on Tuesday to unveil the first tunnel completed by the underground transit venture he launched two years ago as an ambitious remedy to Los Angeles’ infamously heavy traffic.



Fed expected to raise rates, may signal fewer hikes ahead

The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates on Wednesday, but may cut the number of hikes it anticipates next year and signal an earlier end to its monetary tightening in the face of financial market volatility and rising recession fears.


Drugmaker GSK to split after striking Pfizer consumer health deal

GlaxoSmithKline plans to split into two businesses — one for prescription drugs and vaccines, the other for over-the-counter products — after forming a new joint venture with Pfizer’s consumer health division.



Penny Marshall, 'Big' director and TV's 'Laverne,' dead at 75

Penny Marshall, who played an endearingly graceless character with a thick Bronx accent in U.S. television’s “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming a pioneering film director with hits including “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died at 75, her publicist said on Tuesday.


George Lucas's film empire tops Forbes list of richest U.S. celebrities

Filmmaker George Lucas’s “Star Wars” empire - the movie franchise, not Darth Vader’s fictional galactic government - planted him firmly atop Forbes magazine’s third annual ranking of the wealthiest U.S. celebrities which was released on Tuesday.



Redskins S Nicholson arrested, charged with assault

Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson has been charged with assault and battery as well as being drunk in public, according to multiple reports.


Reports: Yankees hire Beltran as special assistant to GM

Former nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran is poised to join the New York Yankees as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on Tuesday.




U.N. General Assembly due to adopt global migration pact

U.N. General Assembly due to adopt global migration pact

19 Dec 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


Government to approve assumptions for the 2019 foreign policy

19 Dec 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


EU sets out contingency planning in event of a no deal Brexit

The European Commission will lay out its plans for what the EU would do in the case of a no deal Brexit - from customs/border controls to aviation flying rights

19 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


French Finance Minister Le Maire holds news conference after meetings with EU Commission

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire holds a news conference in Brussels after meetings with EU economic commissioners Pierre Moscovici and Valdis Dombrovskis and competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager

19 Dec 10:30 ET / 15:30 GMT


FACTBOX--Congo's presidential election by the numbers

The logistical challenges are daunting for Democratic Republic of Congo's Dec. 23 presidential election: 40 million voters, 70,000 polling stations, spread across 2.3 sq km (900,000 sq miles) -- much of it covered in rainforest. A look at the election by the numbers.

20 Dec


In Egypt, many delay marriage in the face of austerity

Nadia Mohammad Salem saved up for years and was engaged three times before marrying in November.

Tough economic reforms and austerity measures have forced many Egyptians to delay getting married. The number of marriages has gone down, official statistics show.

20 Dec


As Spain debates euthanasia bill, ALS victim sees hope

All too aware that his advancing illness will eventually leave him on life support before death, Mariano Lopez has his hopes pinned not on a cure but on a bill making its way through the Spanish parliament that would allow him to go on his own terms.

20 Dec


Danish parliament expected to pass controversial law to put foreign criminals on tiny island

The Danish parliament is expected to approve the 2019 budget which includes the proposal to house some foreign criminals on a tiny island which has been criticized by the U.N. human rights chief.

20 Dec


Parliament holds no-confidence vote against the government

Romania's parliament holds no-confidence vote against the government of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The cabinet is expected to survive the censure motion filed by the centrist opposition, as it commands a functioning majority in the two-house assembly.

20 Dec



Nomads and farmers in fight for Nigeria's heartland

A massive expansion of farming in Nigeria over four decades has cut access to grazing land for nomadic herders, fuelling a long-running turf war that has cost thousands of lives, a Reuters analysis of land use data shows.

19 Dec 05:30 ET / 10:30 GMT



Authorities' handling of Danske Bank money laundering case in focus at parliament committee meeting

Three Danish ministers will be quizzed by other politicians about how the government will react to criticism from a committee in the European Parliament of the Danish authorities' handling of the Danske Bank money laundering case. Also questions about the impact of the case on Denmark's image.

19 Dec 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Boston Marathon bomber faces deadline to appeal death sentence

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who killed three people and injured more than 260 in the 2013 attack, face a Thursday deadline to file legal papers explaining why they believe his conviction and death sentence should be overturned.

20 Dec



EU Commission discusses next steps over Italy budget at weekly meeting

The European Commission discusses at its weekly meeting the next steps of a dispute with Rome over Italy's 2019 budget

19 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


High Court decision on Uber UK worker rights case

The High Court will give its verdict on whether Uber British drivers should be classified as self-employed or workers. The case follows an appeal by Uber against an earlier decision which said two drivers were workers, entitling them to rights such as the minimum wage. Whoever loses is likely to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

19 Dec 10:30 ET / 15:30 GMT


Italian prime minister addresses parliament over EU budget row

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due to address the upper house of parliament about the government's 2019 budget, amid reports that Rome has finally secured a compromise deal with Brussels allowing for the implementation of the package.

19 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


GRAPHIC-Growth of U.S. output during 'shale era' to offset OPEC cuts

Surging U.S. crude production will offset OPEC’s output cuts aimed at rebalancing the market as soon as the end of next year - undercutting the group's efforts as shale producers ramp up output regardless of the price environment.

19 Dec 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT


Shaky global consumer spending casts shadow over strong U.S. holiday season

Global growth fears have started ratting investors as concerns over a worldwide slowdown in consumer confidence overshadows robust retail spending and a strong holiday shopping season in the U.S.

19 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Mexico central bank holds monetary policy meeting

Mexico's central bank will hold its monetary policy meeting. At its Nov. 15 meeting the bank raised its benchmark interest rate on concerns over inflation and said another rate hike was possible in the future, as it warned that policies of new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador risked fanning inflation.

20 Dec



Jobs figures for November.

20 Dec 19:30 ET / 21 Dec 00:30 GMT


How to impact the economy with no budget: Spanish PM makes wage increase bet with eye on election

There is no knowing when, or if, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will be able to convince a divided parliament to approve his 2019 budget for Spain. But with an eye on a spate of elections, he plans to have his government approve by decree on Friday an unprecedented 22 percent increase of the minimum wage. It's the biggest ever minimum wage increase in Spain, and it will see the southern Europe country jump from one of the lower ranks to one of the top ranks in terms of minimum wage vs average wage ratio in the EU.

20 Dec


Colombia's oil association to reveal 2019 investment plans

Colombia's oil association - which groups private oil companies - will present a report on 2019 investment plans and prospects for the sector.

20 Dec


Walgreens to report first quarter 2019 results

Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance is expected to report a year-over-year increase in earnings for the quarter ended November 2018. Investors will focus on the company’s efforts to tackle gross margin pressures and will look out for updates on UK reimbursement rate cuts, Rite Aid integration and new partnerships.

20 Dec



SpaceX launches U.S. military spy satellite as its first national security mission

Elon Musk's SpaceX is poised on Wednesday to launch a new spy satellite for the U.S. military, in the space transportation firm's first national security mission for the United States.

19 Dec 09:07 ET / 14:07 GMT



EU boy band to Britain: the love isn't over, "come back to us"

With Brexit rapidly approaching, a pro-European boy band launches its debut single, a ballad to the British people pleading "come back to us" because the love is not over.

19 Dec 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT


Paul McCartney and Emma Stone release music video

Paul McCartney stars alongside Emma Stone in new pop video 'Who Cares'.

19 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

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