U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is closely watching Chinese intentions toward Taiwan, concerned that Beijing’s growing military prowess may increase the risk it could one day consider bringing the self-ruled island under its control by force, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table.
Family behind Purdue Pharma pushed opioid marketing, Massachusetts says
BOSTON (Reuters) - Members of the wealthy Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma LP pushed it to boost sales of OxyContin and other opioids even as questions emerged about the extent its painkillers were being abused, Massachusetts’ attorney general alleged on Tuesday.
GM's Washington charm offensive sidelined by Wall Street's push for profit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors code named its November announcement to cut nearly 15,000 jobs in North America and restructure itself “Turbo,” suggesting a leaner approach for the largest U.S. automaker would “accelerate its transformation.”
Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with $5.2 billion bid: sources
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for the U.S. department store chain with an improved takeover bid of roughly $5.2 billion, allowing the 126-year-old retailer to keep its doors open, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
Rihanna sues dad to keep hands off her Fenty trademark
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rihanna has sued her father for trading on her Fenty brand name and suggesting that a business venture he set up in 2017 is associated with her.
Carol Channing, Broadway's iconic 'Dolly,' dead at 97
(Reuters) - Carol Channing, who won over audiences with her giddy, guileless charm in signature roles in Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” died in her California home on Tuesday at the age of 97, according to her publicist.
Federer fends off British 'mirror' Evans to advance
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Double defending champion Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans and paid the British battler the ultimate compliment after prevailing 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
FIFA says in regular contact with AFC over detained refugee player
DUBAI (Reuters) - FIFA says it has been in regular contact with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over the Bahraini refugee soccer player arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
BRITAIN-EU/CONFIDENCE (PIX) (TV)
British parliament holds no confidence vote in PM May's government
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no confidence in UK PM May's government.
16 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and Croatian president hold talks, news conference
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds talks with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (1300 GMT). They will hold a signing ceremony and joint news conference (1515 GMT).
16 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/CALAIS-BRITAIN (PIX) (TV)
Iranian migrants plot illegal crossing to Britain from northern French port
Multi-media story from northern French port of Calais where France has bolstered surveillance of ports and beaches after a spike in clandestine migrant crossings to Britain.
16 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Democrats to grill Trump's new EPA pick over past lobbying
Democratic lawmakers will grill President Donald Trump's new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, about his past as a coal industry lobbyist during his confirmation hearing Wednesday, but have little hope of blocking him in the Republican-controlled Senate.
16 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
US arms control official gives news conference at NATO
Andrea L. Thompson, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, talks to reporters after addressing the North Atlantic Council, on Russia violations of the landmark INF treaty.
16 Jan 10:30 ET / 15:30 GMT
USA-TRUMP/BARR (PIX) (TV)
U.S. Senate panel holds confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee conducts confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee William Barr, who is under fire from Democrats for his criticism of special counsel's Russia probe.
16 Jan 09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT
U.S. House Financial Services Committee chair outlines agenda
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), new chair of House Financial Services Committee, discusses panel’s direction and priorities, as well as impact of partial government shutdown on financial markets and families.
16 Jan 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT
VENEZUELA-MIGRATION/FAMILIES (PIX) (TV)
Venezuela migration wave leaves millions of children behind
The mass exodus of millions of Venezuelans escaping the ountry's economic crisis has created a growing population of children without parents who are left in the care of grandparents or neighbors, fueling behavior problems, low performance in school and psychological trauma, according to families and experts.
16 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
Andalusian assembly elects Spain's opposition with support of far right
The Andalusian assembly will vote to invest a conservative/centre-right coalition government with the support of the extreme right party Vox, marking the first time the Socialist Party has not held the parliament in almost four decades. Andalusian Government to vote in Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla (People´s Party) as new regional leader
16 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
SERBIA-RUSSIA/ (PIX) (TV)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin to visit Serbia
Russia's President Vladimir Pugtin visits Serbia.Putin is expected to discuss resolution of the Kosovo crisis, economic cooperation and regional issues with his counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. Tens of thousands are expected to greet Putin in central Belgrade.
NIGERIA-ELECTION/ (PIX) (TV)
Nigerian opposition candidate to hold Lagos rally
Nigerian opposition party presidential election candidate Atiku Abubakar is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Lagos state, the country's commercial hub, ahead of a poll to be held on February 16.
100% paradise? New Zealand's water raises a stink
New Zealand's clean and green image took a beating on social media this week as tourists travelling through the countryside for the summer break posted pictures of lakes and rivers shut down due to contamination, and garbage and human faeces dumped near them. The pollution has sparked calls for curbs to the country's top polluters - tourism and dairy, but any new controls could hurt the economy.
Australian Prime Minister begins visit of Fiji to offset China influence
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison begins his visit of Fiji as part of a push to offset China's growing influence in the South Pacific.
Human Rights Watch publishes World Report
NGO Human Rights Watch is due to publish its annual World Report.
INDONESIA-ELECTION/ (PIX) (TV)
Indonesia holds first presidential debate on human rights, corruption and terrorism
Indonesian presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto and their running mates for vice president take part in the first of four debates ahead of the general election in April. The first topic is government policy in relation to law enforcement, human rights protection, eradication of corruption and terrorism.
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
Philippines security and central bank officials among the speakers at the foreign correspondents' annual Philippines Prospects Conference
The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines holds its annual Philippines Prospects Conference and lists among its guest speakers Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo.
17 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book
Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book of economic condition, in Washington.
16 Jan 14:00 ET / 19:00 GMT
Washington's quiet tourism season goes silent during shutdown
In the nation's capital, where more than 20 million tourists typically visit each year, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history has threatened businesses that depend on the patronage of government workers and the attraction of federal monuments and museums to bring in tourists.
16 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
GOLDMAN SACHS-RESULTS/ (PIX)
Goldman Sachs reports fourth quarter earnings
Goldman Sachs, the investment banking powerhouse and fifth-largest U.S. bank, is expected to report fourth quarter revenues fell on Wednesday compared to the third quarter, as lower investment banking fees and trading revenues weighed on performance. The company is expected to provide an update on the ongoing investigations it faces into its involvement with the Malaysia 1MDB fund scandal.
16 Jan 07:30 ET / 12:30 GMT
BANK OF AMERICA-RESULTS/ (PIX)
Bank of America reports fourth-quarter earnings
Bank of America Corp. reports fourth-quarter earnings. Investors will be looking for an update on the bank's strategic plan. After the bank reached prior cost cutting and efficiency targets, stakeholders want management to articulate new goals.
16 Jan 06:45 ET / 11:45 GMT
Ford offers outlook at auto conference
Ford will offer outlook on auto market at the Deutsche Bank auto conference being held in Detroit in conjunction with the Detroit auto show.
16 Jan 07:15 ET / 12:15 GMT
Q4 2018 BlackRock Inc Earnings Release
BlackRock is scheduled to report earnings for the first time after a bruising year that saw their stock plummet more than 20 percent as weak markets hurt demand for investment funds.
16 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT
ARGENTINA-ECONOMY/LAYOFFS (PIX) (TV)
Despite economic crisis, Argentine firms avoid job cuts at all costs
When small businesses in most countries are hurting financially they shed staff to reduce operating costs. But in Argentina, labor laws that strongly favor workers make that next to impossible. This story will look at why small businesses, despite being hard hit by soaring inflation and a weak peso, are avoiding job cuts at all costs. They simply can't afford, financially, to get rid of staff.
German Finance Minister Scholz visits China
German Finance Minister Scholz visits Beijing to participate in the High-Level German-Chinese Financial Dialogue.
TUNISIA-ECONOMY/ (PIX) (TV)
Tunisia's powerful union plans national strike to press wage demands
Tunisia's powerful UGTT union plans to go on national strike including sector public and state companies to press its demand for higher wages.
Greek teachers strike for a third time this month to protest hirings reform
Primary school teachers will hold a 24-strike for a third time this month to protest government plans to change public sector hirings. Greece's biggest public sector labour union, ADEDY, will also hold a strike in solidarity to the teachers.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
FASHION-PARIS/LOUIS VUITTON (PIX)
Louis Vuitton show in Men's Fashion Week in Paris
(PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)
FRANCE - BTF non-competitive bids
16 Jan 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT