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Updated: 29-01-2019 16:32 IST

Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 11 a.m. GMT/ 6 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect or on Media Express TOP STORIES


U.S. sanctions threaten Venezuela's economy as Maduro eyes next move Venezuelans braced for the deepening of a brutal economic crisis on Tuesday after the United States imposed sanctions sharply curbing the country’s vital oil exports, while the socialist government responded by refusing to load crude cargoes without payment.

VALE-SA-DISASTER/ After Brazil dam disaster, Vale asks for forgiveness, gets fury

Offers of penance from Vale SA for one of the deadliest mining disasters in decades fell on deaf ears in Brazil, where authorities and victims’ families seethed at a death toll from a burst dam likely to exceed 300 people. U.S.

USA-IMMIGRATION-PENTAGON/ Democrats throw spotlight on Trump's troop deployment to U.S.-Mexico border

As the Pentagon weighs new troop deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, Democrats in Congress are poised to usher in unprecedented scrutiny of a politically charged mission championed by Republican President Donald Trump. TEXAS-SHOOTING/

Four police shot and two suspects killed in Houston gunfight: police Four undercover Houston police officers were shot on Monday as they attempted to serve a warrant in a narcotics investigation and two suspects were killed when police returned fire, police said.


Huawei lawyer says CFO Meng a 'hostage' after U.S. presses charges Huawei’s CFO “should not be a hostage” in Sino-U.S. relations, her lawyer said on Tuesday, after the United States announced criminal charges against herself and the Chinese firm just days before crunch trade talks with Beijing.

PG-E-US-BANKRUPTCY/ PG&E, owner of biggest U.S. power utility, files for bankruptcy

Power provider PG&E Corp filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, succumbing to liabilities stemming from wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018. ENTERTAINMENT

PEOPLE-JACKSON-DOCUMENTARY/ Michael Jackson's family calls new documentary 'public lynching'

The family of Michael Jackson on Monday described reaction to a new documentary about alleged child sex abuse by the late singer as a “public lynching” and said he was “100 percent innocent” of such accusations. SPORTS

TENNIS-MURRAY/ Murray undergoes hip surgery in London

Former world number one Andy Murray has undergone a hip resurfacing surgery in London, the 31-year-old Scot said on Tuesday. FOOTBALL-NFL-SUPERBOWL-LAR-ROBEYCOLEM/

NFL: Age has taken toll on Pats' Brady, says Rams cornerback Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman fired the first verbal shot of Super Bowl week by saying age had taken a toll on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, according to a Bleacher Report interview here published on Monday.


EU-ELECTION/FRANCE-FARRIGHT (PIX) (TV) Interview with the rising star of Marine Le Pen's French far-right party

Interview with Jordan Bardella, the 23-year-old heading Marine Le Pen's European election campaign, on the party's ambitions for Europe, its financing, the risk posed by an emerging "yellow vest" political movement and prospects for a tie-up with populist parties from Austria to Italy to Poland. 29 Jan 09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

GERMANY-POLITICS/HOLOCAUST (PIX) (TV) German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets young Germans at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets young Germans at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. 29 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT

ISRAEL-ELECTION/GANTZ (PIX) (TV) Netanyahu's toughest ballot rival, ex-general Gantz, to break silence

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's toughest rival in Israel's April ballot, former military chief and political enigma Benny Gantz, will set out his goals on Tuesday in a marker of the centre-left opposition's prospects. 29 Jan 12:00 ET / 17:00 GMT

EU-ELECTION/FRANCE-YELLOWVESTS France's 'yellow vests' suffer early European election setback

France's "yellow vests" suffered the first big setback to their ambitions to contest May's European elections after one of ten candidates and their campaign director quit following a barrage of attacks from within the divided protest movement. 29 Jan 05:30 ET / 10:30 GMT

BELGIUM-NETHERLANDS/BORDER (PIX) (TV) Belgium-Netherlands border town somehow functions with two of everything

An exclave of Belgium in the Netherlands with several chunks of the Netherlands within it, the town of Baarle has two councils, two postal services and different national laws applying in different parts of the town. 29 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA (PIX) (TV) Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone arraigned

President Donald Trump's longtime political ally Roger Stone is arraigned in U.S. District Court in Washington on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 29 Jan 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT

USA-IMMIGRATION/PENTAGON U.S. House panel holds hearing on military mission to southern border

House Armed Services Committee conducts hearing on Defense Department's mission to U.S.-Mexico border. 29 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

UKRAINE-ELECTION/POROSHENKO (PIX) (TV) Ukraine President Poroshenko to announce he stands in the election in March

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko may announce that he will stand in the presidential elections set for March 31. 29 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

BRITAIN-EU/HAMMOND Finance minister Philip Hammond and his ministers answer questions in parliament

British finance minister Philip Hammond and his ministers take part in a regular question session in parliament. 29 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT

USA-CONGRESS/YARMUTH (PIX) House Budget Committee Chair Yarmuth visits Reuters Washington

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) visits Reuters Washington. 29 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX) (TV) British parliament debates PM May's Brexit 'plan B'

British parliament debates Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit 'plan B' and the alternatives put forward by other lawmakers. They will then vote on different amendments on Tuesday evening. 29 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

SAUDI-KHASHOGGI/TURKEY-INVESTIGATION (PIX) (TV) U.N. Special rapporteur holds talks in Turkey over Khashoggi investigation

U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard holds week-long talks in Turkey as part of an inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 30 Jan

USA-NUCLEAR/ (PIX) UN Security Council permanent members meet in China on nuclear non-proliferation

The U.S. Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Andrea Thompson, attends two-day P5 conference on “Strengthening P5 Coordination, Safeguarding NPT Regime”, along with Russia, Britain, France and China. 30 Jan

VENEZUELA-POLITICS/EU European Parliament debates situation in Venezuela, may adopt resolution

MEPs are set to assess the latest developments in Venezuela and adopt a (non-binding) resolution on the subject. The final decision will be taken at the opening of the session on Wednesday. 30 Jan

INDONESIA-BRITAIN/SLAP (PIX) (TV) 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. 30 Jan

USA-TRADE/CHINA (TV) Chinese Vice Premier Liu visits the U.S. for trade talks

Chinese Vice Premier Liu visits the U.S. for the next round of trade negotiations with Washington. 30 Jan

NIGERIA-POLITICS/ Nigeria appeal court to hold hearing over top judge

Nigeria's court of appeal will hold a hearing in a case brought by lawyers representing Justice Walter Onnoghen, the country's most senior judge, who has been suspended by the president amid allegations of false asset declaration. The appeal court is presiding over the case to determine whether the Code of Conduct Tribunal has the powers to try him. 30 Jan


Intelligence community leaders testify on 'worldwide threats' FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, and other leaders of U.S. intelligence community testify before Senate Intelligence Committee on "worldwide threats."

29 Jan 09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT GERMANY-MILITARY/ (TV)

Military commissioner reports continuing personnel, equipment shortfalls in military The German parliament's ombudsman for the armed services releases his annual report, which is expected to show continued gaps in personnel and military equipment, even as Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen faces a parliamentary investigation into irregularities in her ministry's use of outside advisers.


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a meeting of its ruling Ak Party Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting of his Ak Party in Ankara (1030 GMT). Erdogan is expected to comment on northern Syria.


How app helped Kenya's fleet of private ambulances rescue attack victims When militants attacked an upscale Nairobi hotel complex on Jan 15, a disparate fleet of private ambulances swung into action, coordinated by a tech start-up known as the "uber for ambulances". The central dispatch center, a first for Nairobi, meant most wounded were at a hospital within 20 minutes, and they were distributed to several locations.


CANADA-CRASH/ Truck driver sentenced for Canada bus crash that killed 16

The sentencing hearing begins for a truck driver convicted in the deaths of 16 people, after his rig collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team last summer. 30 Jan


Robert Jennings convicted of killing a police officer three decades ago, to be executed Robert Jennings convicted of killing a police officer three decades ago in a botched robbery at an adult bookstore, is scheduled to be executed.


USA-SHUTDOWN/NATIVEAMERICANS (PIX) FEATURE - 'We know how to survive', but shutdown cut deeper for Native Americans

Native Americans were especially vulnerable during the shutdown - they rely mostly on federal contracts for services and jobs in the Bureau of Indian affairs for incomes. 29 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

LOCKHEED-RESULTS/ Lockheed reports fourth-quarter results

Estimated time. Expected before market open (BMO). 29 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT

LG DISPLAY-RESULTS/ (PIX) LG Display Q4 earnings

An Apple Inc supplier LG Display is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter results. 30 Jan 18:00 ET / 23:00 GMT

ALLERGAN-RESULTS/ (PIX) Allergan to report fourth-quarter financial results

Botox-maker Allergan Plc will report its fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Investors will focus on development updates on the company's treatment portfolio as the drugmaker faces looming competition for its blockbuster eye drug Restasis, and on any comments about progress with the potential sale of two business units which it announced last year. 29 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT

APPLE-RESULTS/ (PIX) Apple reports first-quarter earnings

Apple Inc is expected to post a drop in its first quarter revenue on Tuesday, due to lower demand for its pricey iPhones. 29 Jan 16:00 ET / 21:00 GMT

EBAY-RESULTS/ (PIX) Ebay reports fourth-quarter earnings

EBay Inc is expected to report a rise in fourth-quarter revenue and profit, as it benefits from tweaks to its website and more advertising on its platform. Investors will be on the lookout for commentary following recommendations of changes to its businesses by two major hedge funds last week. 29 Jan 16:00 ET / 21:00 GMT

VERIZON-RESULTS/ (PIX) Verizon reports fourth quarter results

Verizon Communications Inc is expected to post a rise in quarterly revenue as the largest U.S. wireless carrier adds more net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill. 29 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

KENYA-CENBANK/ Kenya has room to refinance government debt, central banker says

Kenya has room to refinance its debt and to reduce the costs of servicing the debt by lengthening the maturity profiles, the central bank governor said on Tuesday. 29 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

PFIZER-RESULTS/ (PIX) Pfizer Inc posts fourth-quarter earnings

Pfizer Inc will report fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday when investors will watch for details on company strategy under new Chief Executive Albert Bourla, who took over the helm at the beginning of the year. The company is expected to comment on its forecast for 2019, when it expects a string of regulatory decisions on its experimental drugs, and share buyback plans. 29 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT

XEROX-RESULTS/ (PIX) Xerox reports fourth quarter results

Xerox's revenue is expected to fall as it continues to face declines in its core printing and photocopying business. The company is cutting costs under its new management backed by activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, which is expected to help profit. 29 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

GEORGIA-RATES/ Georgia's central bank to announce its decision on refinancing rate

Georgia's central bank holds its monetary committee meeting, where it makes a decision on a key refinancing rate 30 Jan

FRANCE-ELECTRICITY/ Head of French power grid operator RTE press briefing

Head of French power grid operator RTE hold briefing with journalists. French security of supply after the release of the PPE long-term energy plan expected to be top of the agenda. 30 Jan

AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY/INFLATION (PIX) Australia Inflation figures for the Dec qtr

ABS CPI report for Q4 could show inflation slowed a little,in part due to a pullback in petrol prices, and remains stuck below the RBA's 2-3 pct target band. A weak outcome would stoke speculation the central bank might have to change course and cut rates this year. 30 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


U.S. aerospace and defense company General Dynamics Corp is expected to report a rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday. 30 Jan


European Parliament committee votes on visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit Visa exemption for UK citizens. The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on Tuesday on a new law that adds the UK to the list of countries whose nationals do not need a visa to enter the EU. It will be applicable once the UK becomes a non-EU country and if EU citizens travelling to the UK are also exempt from visa requirements.

29 Jan 10:30 ET / 15:30 GMT BRITAIN-ROYALS/ (PIX) (TV)

The Duke of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Youth Roundtable The Duke of Sussex, in his role of Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, meets young people from across the Commonwealth at a roundtable discussion.


The Duchess of Sussex visits the National Theatre The Duchess of Sussex visits the National Theatre. Earlier this month The Duchess was announced as Patron of the National Theatre


Fan and industry tribute to Marvel comics writer Stan Lee Tribute to the late Stan Lee, featuring speeches and appearances by actor Mark Hamill and Kevin Smith , art exhibit and movie props, at the Chinese Theatre forecourt in Hollywood.

30 Jan (Reporting by Sourjyadipta Das Mahapatra)