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With 2,300-word letter, Macron launches debate to quell 'yellow vest' unrest
PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicked off a three-month national debate he hopes can quell the “yellow vest” unrest with a letter to the French in which he pledged to listen to new ideas but stuck to his core economic reform agenda.
Republican Senator Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump’s border security demands.
Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe into whether President Donald Trump has been working on Russia’s behalf, suggesting the agency may have gone too far.
Sears bankruptcy raises old questions about cost of going broke
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Sears has survived the Great Depression and world wars. Whether the 126-year-old retailer stays afloat or goes out of business now hinges in part on paying for the enormous bill piled up by going broke.
Exclusive: PG&E talking to banks on multibillion dollar bankruptcy financing - sources
(Reuters) - PG&E Corp (PCG.N) is in discussions with investment banks about a multibillion-dollar financing package to help navigate bankruptcy proceedings, a sign that Chapter 11 filing preparations are intensifying in the wake of potentially staggering liabilities from deadly wildfires, sources said on Sunday.
Box Office: 'The Upside' surprises at no. 1 with $19.5 million, 'Aquaman' smashes $1 billion
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a surprise box office victory, STX’s “The Upside” doubled expectations with its $19.5 million debut, enough to defeat “Aquaman’s” three-week reign in North America.
Maroon 5 to play Super Bowl halftime show
(Reuters) - Pop band Maroon 5 will provide the halftime entertainment at next month’s Super Bowl in Atlanta in a show that will also feature rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, the National Football League said on Sunday.
All eyes on Murray as Australian Open gets underway
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An emotional Andy Murray kicks off his Australian open campaign against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the night session at Melbourne Park on Monday in what could well be the final match of the Scot’s glittering career
WADA poised to decide fate of Russian agency
TORONTO (Reuters) - A long-running doping scandal could be heading towards a conclusion when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) receives a report from their Compliance Review Committee (CRC) next week that could confirm Russia’s conditional reinstatement.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)
Parliament continues debate on PM May's Brexit deal
Parliament will continue its debate on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. The debate was halted after three days in December when May pulled a planned vote on the deal after admitting it was set to be rejected.
VIETNAM-MEKONG/ (PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)
From Tibet to the 'Nine Dragons', Vietnam's Mekong Delta is losing sand
Upstream damming and extensive mining of the Mekong's riverbed for sand is causing the land between the sprawling network of rivers and channels near the mouth of one of the world's great rivers to sink at a pace of around 2 cm (0.75 inches) a year.
14 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT
Mission Impossible? Greek PM looks to fringe for confidence vote
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras eyes fringe independent MPs to stay in power in a crucial no-confidence vote this week after his ally propping up the coalition government bowed out in disagreement over a deal with Macedonia seeking to settle a decades-old dispute over its name.
Spain government to present 2019 draft budget proposal at parliament
14 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
Austrian foreign minister meets Slovak counterpart
Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl holds a joint news conference with her Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak after a bilateral meeting.
14 Jan 08:15 ET / 13:15 GMT
Hong Kong marks the beginning of the new legal year
Hong Kong’s Chief Justice and members of the legal profession mark the opening of the new legal year with a ceremony and speeches. Hong Kong's top judge, Geoffrey Ma, may address recent challenges to the city's vaunted rule of law including accusations of a politicisation of the judiciary against democracy activists.
14 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
Los Angeles teachers expected to strike
Teachers for the Los Angeles Unified School District are expected to go on strike after union and school officials reached an impasse in contract negotiations. The LAUSD is the largest school district in the nation, with more than 600,000 students.
14 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
Singapore's PM-in-waiting speaks at UBS event
Singapore finance minister Heng Swee Keat delivers an address followed by a dialogue session at an event hosted by UBS. Heng is seen as the likely successor to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after he was promoted in a party reshuffle in November.
14 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/ITALY (PIX) (TV)
Italy's Interior Minister Salvini meets European Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini meets with Europe's Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitis Avramopoulos and both will hold a press conference afterward.
14 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
Indonesia court to sentence British woman for slapping Bali immigration official
An Indonesian court is due to decide whether to jail a British woman, who slapped an immigration official on the holiday island of Bali after she was asked to pay a fine for overstaying her visa.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
Lampert's Sears rescue bid faces moment of truth
Sears Holdings Corp will decide during a bankruptcy auction on Monday whether it will seek the sale of most of its assets to chairman Edward Lampert for $5 billion, the only bid it has received that would allow the U.S. department store operator to escape liquidation.
CPI inflation data for December
India will release Consumer Price Index-based inflation data for December on January 14 around 5.30 pm (India local time)
14 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
Former Barclays trio faces retrial in London Euribor rigging case
Three former Barclays traders, charged with plotting to rig global Euribor interest rates, face a retrial in London after a previous jury was unable to reach a verdict in their case.
AUTOSHOW-DETROIT/ (PIX) (TV)
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Car companies from around the world roll into Detroit to show their latest offerings at the North American International Auto Show
COFFEE-FARMERS/ (PIX) (TV)
Coffee price slump leaves farmers earning under a cent a cup
Coffee is a booming business for Western retailers but the farmers who grow the crop are facing a crisis with arabica prices at their lowest level for nearly 13 years.
14 Jan 02:30 ET / 07:30 GMT
Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong
The annual Asia Financial Forum kicks off in Hong Kong with speakers including Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, HSBC CEO John Flint, former World Bank president Robert Zoellick,finance ministers from Russia, Malaysia, Luxembourg and Bundesbank.
Opening of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)
Opening day of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) hosted by the Richemont luxury group brands (Hermes, Van Cleef, IWC Montblanc)
14 Jan 02:00 ET / 07:00 GMT
Interview with African Development Bank head
Reuters interview with the head of the African Development Bank that will provide an update on loans for projects across the continent.
VENEZUELA-ECONOMY/ (PIX) (TV)
Maduro to announce economic measures amid crisis
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will make economic announcements after being sworn in to a second term, with economists broadly expected few significant changes to the country's dysfunctional socialist system.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
BRITAIN-TECH/BRAILLE (PIX) (TV)
Braille tech firm develops 'Kindle for the blind' British company Bristol Braille Technology is developing the world's first multi-line digital Braille e-reader, called Canute.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
BRITAIN-ROYALS/ (PIX) (TV)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Birkenhead
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Birkenhead where they will meet a number of local organisations that support and empower groups within the community.
14 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
FASHION-BERLIN/ (PIX) (TV)
Berlin Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2019
Berlin's fashion week presents the Autumn/Winter collection for 2019.
14 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
FINLAND-MERMAID SCHOOL/ (PIX) (TV)
Learn how to swim like a mermaid in Finnish pool class
Want to swim like a fantasy sea creature? At 'mermaiding' classes in Finland, pupils wear a garment that combines a monofin flipper with fabric from the waist down to create the distinctive mermaid tail.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meets to discuss status of Russia's anti-doping agency
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meets to discuss the status of Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA after WADA was unable to remove data from the Moscow Laboratory last month.
INDIA-RELIGION/KUMBH (PIX) (TV)
Millions gather for world's largest religious festival in northern India
Millions of devout Hindus and thousands of foreign tourists and spiritual seekers gather in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj, ahead of Kumbh mela - the largest religious fair in the world.