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Updated: 04-01-2019 03:29 IST
The U.S. State Department on Thursday renewed its warning for U.S. citizens traveling in China to exercise increased caution due to “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the arrest in Canada of a Chinese technology company executive.


U.S. warns Iran on space launches, Tehran rejects concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.



On Day 1 in power, House Democrats challenge Trump on shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as they maneuvered to pass legislation backed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would end a 13-day partial government shutdown while ignoring President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall.


New York governor blocks full shutdown of subway line for repairs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than two years after the announcement that one of New York City’s busiest subway lines would stop running between Manhattan and Brooklyn to allow for repairs, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that service would not be halted after all.



Apple shares slide after iPhone maker issues rare revenue warning

Apple Inc shares tumbled as much as 10 percent on Thursday after the iPhone maker blamed weak China demand for its revenue shortfall in the holiday quarter, a clear sign of the company’s struggles in the world’s largest smartphone market.


Major automakers bullish on U.S. market despite rising interest rates

DETROIT (Reuters) - Major automakers on Thursday shrugged off declines in U.S. new vehicle sales in December and said they were bullish about 2019 even as economists warned that rising interest rates will discourage consumers from buying cars in the year ahead.



Hollywood's equality push fails to boost female film directors: study

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Only 8 percent of Hollywood’s top films in 2018 were directed by women, down from 11 percent the prior year, despite high-profile efforts to improve gender equality, a study released on Thursday showed.


U.S. judge orders Ed Sheeran to face Marvin Gaye plagiarism lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has rejected English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of lifting from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 smash “Thinking Out Loud.”



Doping: WADA hires law firm to investigate bullying accusations

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday it had hired a law firm to investigate accusations of bullying and harassment within the organization after an initial probe was unable to prove any improper behavior.


Dexter Lawrence among Tigers officially ruled out of title game

Clemson star junior Dexter Lawrence and two of his teammates have officially been ruled out of Monday night’s title game between the Tigers and No. 1 Alabama.




Not a baby factory: S.Korea tries to fix demographic crisis with more gender equality

President Moon Jae-in's administration has just come up with a fresh angle to try and reverse South Korea's falling birth rates, unveiling a set of measures aimed at improving work-life balance, notoriously bad in S.Korea, and encouraging similar roles and responsibilities for both genders.

4 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


Irish Premier Varadkar addresses Merkel's Bavarian CSU sister party meeting

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar makes a statement as he attends a meeting of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU.

4 Jan 10:15 ET / 15:15 GMT


First results due in Congo presidential election

The first partial results from Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election were expected Friday. But electoral officials say they may have to postpone the announcement because of vote counting delays.

4 Jan


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Turkey

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Turkey at the invitation President Tayyip Erdogan, with defence deals likely to be high on the agenda. Aside from his meeting with Erdogan on Friday, Khan will address a business forum and meet Turkish business people.

4 Jan


LatAm nations meet to discuss Venezuela's Maduro's second term

Representatives of Latin American nations will meet in the Peruvian capital of Lima to discuss how they will respond to the inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's second term following a widely discredited 2018 election. The position taken by the so-called Lima Group will be bellwether for how countries around the world react to Maduro's Jan 10 inauguration.

4 Jan


Malaysian ex-Goldman Sachs banker, charged in US over 1MDB, to attend extradition hearing

Former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng to appear in a Kuala Lumpur court to hear an application to extradite him to the United States, where he faces charges in relation to a multi-billion dollar scandal at Malaysian state fund 1MDB. Ng was charged in November for conspiracy to launder 1MDB money and conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

4 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT



Palestinians continue weekly border protests

Palestinians continue weekly protests along the border with Israel to demand an end to Israeli blockade and the right of return to lands from which they fled or were forced to flee in 1948 during Israel's founding.

4 Jan



Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Mester appears on CNBC

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester is interviewed on CNBC, from the American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

4 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


Global Economy Weekahead

A weekly look at key economic events for the global economy in the coming seven days.

4 Jan


Federal Reserve Chairman Powell is panelist at AEA/ASSA meeting

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell joins a q and a at the American Economic Association in Atlanta, his first public appearance since a lambasting by President Trump earlier this month and an opportunity to defend current policy.

4 Jan 10:15 ET / 15:15 GMT



Masked dance tradition rises from near-extinction in Cambodia

Cambodia's centuries-old tradition of masked dance was nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge's "Killing Fields" regime, but a handful of artists managed to keep it alive and are now working to pass it along to a new generation. Story moves at 0030 GMT.

4 Jan



Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition

Buddhist Thailand does not officially recognise female monks. But a growing number of women are rebelling against what they consider an "injustice" to become ordained at an all-female temple just outside Bangkok.

4 Jan 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT

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