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Reuters | Updated: 18-08-2019 15:32 IST | Created: 18-08-2019 15:30 IST

Tens of thousands of protesters poured into one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts on Sunday, braving a downpour to join an anti-government rally in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.

MIDEAST-IRAN-GUARDS U.S. and UK presence in Gulf brings insecurity: Iran Revolutionary Guards navy chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - The presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, Alireza Tangsiri, was reported as saying by the ILNA news agency. RUSSIA-USA-MISSILES

Russia says no plans to install new missiles unless U.S. deploys them MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not deploy new missiles as long as the United States shows similar restraint in Europe and Asia, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday, after Washington's withdrawal from a Soviet-era arms pact.

AFGHANISTAN-BLAST Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, amid hopes for talks KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital, the interior ministry said on Sunday, as violence shows no sign of easing despite hopes for a deal on a U.S. troop withdrawal.

INDONESIA-SECURITY Indonesian police shoot suspected militant after officer slashed

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A suspected Islamic militant has launched an attack on an Indonesian police station in the country's second-biggest city, slashing one officer with a sickle, before being shot and taken into custody, police officials said on Sunday U.S.

USA-PROUD-BOYS-RALLY Police make arrests as right-wing, anti-fascist groups rally in Portland

Police in Portland, Oregon arrested at least 13 people on Saturday as a right-wing group marched to a downtown waterfront park and anti-fascist counterprotesters scuffled with officers who tried to keep the two sides apart. PEOPLE-JEFFREY-EPSTEIN-AUTOPSY

Official autopsy concludes Epstein's death was suicide by hanging NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's chief medical examiner determined on Friday that suicide by hanging was the cause of death for financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose body was found six days ago in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.


Exclusive: U.S. set to give Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers – sources SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said.

ARGENTINA-ECONOMICS Argentina Treasury minister resigns, says 'significant renewal' needed amid economic crisis

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina´s Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne has resigned, saying in a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday he believed the government needed "significant renewal" in its economic team amid a crisis which saw the peso plunge this week. AUTOS-PEBBLEBEACH

Ferrari will expand its lineup of road cars, but not too much PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari NV will expand sales of easier-driving grand touring cars, but will not try to chase rival Porsche's annual sales volume, Ferrari Chairman John Elkann told an audience of classic car enthusiasts gathered at this storied golf resort on the Pacific coast.


'You can still sense the love': Baby boomers revel at Woodstock 50 years on BETHEL, N.Y. (Reuters) - Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture.


MLB roundup: Brewers outslug Nats in 14 innings Milwaukee's Eric Thames roped a two-run homer in the 14th inning and the Brewers scored a wild 15-14 victory over the host Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

MMA-UFC-UFC241 Miocic reclaims the heavyweight title with a knockout win over Cormier

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - Stipe Miocic reclaimed the heavyweight title with a stunning fourth-round knockout of Daniel Cormier and Nate Diaz scored a dominant decision win against Anthony Pettis in his first fight in over three years at the UFC 241 on Saturday night. TENNIS-CINCINNATI-MEN

Vanquished Djokovic heaps praise on mercurial Medvedev Novak Djokovic acknowledged he had rarely faced the sort of barrage a resilient Daniil Medvedev used so effectively to shock the world number one 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals on Saturday.


FRANCE-RUSSIA/PREVIEW-FILE (PIX) (TV) Macron to host Putin in southern France

Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Bregancon fort, where the French leader is spending his summer holidays. Macron will seek to persuade Putin to resume peace talks with Ukraine after its new president offered an olive branch, a French official said, and the two are also expected to discuss the Iran nuclear accord and the Syria conflict. 18 Aug 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

USA-ELECTION/RACE-POLL EXPLAINER : A three-year shift in the way Americans view race

Americans have spent the past three years debating what impact President Donald Trump's racially charged remarks have had on society. While it is difficult to scientifically determine Trump's effect on race relations, Americans do appear to be changing their views on race, according to an analysis of Reuters/Ipsos public opinion polling. Here is how that analysis was conducted. 19 Aug

HUNGARY-GERMANY/IRON CURTAIN-NEWS CONFERENCE (PIX) (TV) German Chancellor Merkel, Hungarian PM Orban speak to journalists during Iron Curtain commemoration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian premier Viktor Orban speak to the press during visit to the Hungarian border town of Sopron, to mark the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain thirty years ago. 19 Aug

HUNGARY-GERMANY/IRON CURTAIN-SPEECHES (PIX) (TV) German Chancellor Merkel, Hungarian PM Orban speak during Iron Curtain commemoration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian premier Viktor Orban deliver speeches during visit to the Hungarian border town of Sopron, to mark the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain thirty years ago. 19 Aug

SYRIA-SECURITY/ISLAND (PIX) (TV) No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on Syrian island

In the years before Syria's war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade has withered. The tiny island is one of the few places in Syria physically untouched by eight years of conflict, its only direct brush with war being the distant boom and sight of smoke from an explosion on the mainland in 2016. 19 Aug

HUNGARY-GERMANY/IRON CURTAIN (PIX) (TV) German Chancellor Merkel, Hungarian PM Orban mark 30th anniversary of fall of Iron Curtain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian premier Viktor Orban visit the Hungarian border town Sopron, where the Iron Curtain was first to cut through 30 years ago. 19 Aug

MALAYSIA-POLITICS/NAJIB (PIX) (TV) Trial resumes for former Malaysian PM Najib over 1MDB scandal

Trial for former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on charges linked to a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is set to resume. Najib, charged with 25 counts of graft and money laundering, is accused of illegally receiving about 2.3 billion ringgit ($556 million) from 1MDB. 19 Aug 21:00 ET / 01:00 GMT


U.S. provides an update on its worst measles outbreak in a quarter-century U.S. health officials provide updated figures on the nation's largest measles outbreak in a quarter-century.


SUDAN-BASHIR/ (PIX) (TV) Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir's expected to continue in Khartoum

The trial for Sudan's long-time president Omar al-Bashir, ousted in April, on corruption charges is expected to continue. He is He did not attend the first hearing on July 31. 19 Aug


Zambia hosts the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank board of governors annual meeting Zambia to host the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank board of governors annual meeting, where the finance minister Africa's second-biggest copper producer expected to speak. The bank's membership comprises 22 member States from across COMESA, EAC and SADC, 2 non-regional members, Belarus and China, as well as 13 institutional shareholders, while the board of governors consists ministers of finance or ministers of economic planning for regional Members, and high-ranking officials for non-regional and institutional members.


FESTIVAL-EDINBURGH/BREXIT (PIX) Brexit inspires tears and laughter at Edinburgh Fringe interviews with performers on the challenge of BREXIT for comedians who feel like crying



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