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Updated: 04-01-2019 16:01 IST

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un used his New Year speech to highlight coal as a "primary front" in developing the economy, he was making a case for what analysts see as a flawed but key resource on which his country increasingly relies.


One dead in Thailand as tropical storm uproots trees, blows off roofs

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's first tropical storm in three decades killed one person on Friday as it arrived on the south coast, knocking down trees and blowing off roofs in its path, but was losing speed, officials said, while warning against the risk of flash floods.



On first day in power, House Democrats challenge Trump to end shutdown

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


Two toddlers and infant dead, woman wounded in Texas shooting

Police found two toddlers and an infant shot dead and a woman wounded with a gunshot to her head, at an apartment in a suburb of Houston, Texas, late on Thursday, officials said.



Tesla to start delivering Model 3 to China buyers in March

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Friday it plans to start delivering Model 3 cars to customers in China in March, cementing a time frame that the U.S. electric vehicle maker's chief executive, Elon Musk, tweeted about late last year.


U.S. job gains seen picking up, may soothe jittery markets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth likely picked up in December with wages expected to have increased solidly, which could help to allay a recent upsurge in fears about the economy's health that have roiled financial markets.



Get the hankies out. Romance 'The Notebook' headed for Broadway

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Romantic drama "The Notebook," which sparked a real-life love story between movie stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, is headed for Broadway as a musical.


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."



Phillies sign ex-Yankees reliever Robertson

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed veteran reliever David Robertson to a two-year, $23 million deal, the team announced Thursday.


Gonzalez, Bailey, Reed lead HOF finalists

First-year eligible candidates Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed led the way among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the group was announced Thursday.




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


Explosion damages German AfD party's regional office

An explosion goes off outside a regional office of the right-wing Alternative for Germany in Doebeln, smashing windows and damaging vehicles parked outside, the party says.

4 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT


Official opinion poll to give snapshot of Spanish voting intention and gauge far-right's popularity

Spain's Center for Sociological Research (CIS) publishes a comprehensive opinion poll on Spanish politics on December 2018. This survey releases Spanish citizens voting intention along with input on political leaders and the European Union. It is the first official poll published since the far-right's success in regional elections in Andalusia in December.

4 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


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 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Democrat Elizabeth Warren to visit Iowa for 2020 White House race

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a liberal firebrand who has taken on Wall Street and traded barbs with Donald Trump, will hold her first events in Iowa since launching her exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race.



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


Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Barkin speaks on outlook for growth

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin speaks on "The Outlook for Growth" before the Maryland Bankers Association First Friday Economic Outlook, in Baltimore, Md.

4 Jan 13:30 ET / 18:30 GMT


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



Hollywood ready to party in (possibly) Trump-free Golden Globes

The Golden Globes kick off the showbusiness awards season on Sunday with Hollywood apparently in the mood for a party, and with plenty to celebrate.

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