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Updated: 16-08-2019 03:31 IST

Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and U.S. President Donald Trump urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet personally with the protesters to defuse weeks of tensions.

INDIA-KASHMIR/ India's Modi trumpets Kashmir move, but local support is scarce

SRINAGAR, India/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi trumpeted his abolition of Kashmir’s special status in an Independence Day speech on Thursday, but there was little sign that he had won over people in the region’s biggest city - and a deadly border clash with Pakistan added to tensions. U.S.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/USA Israel bars U.S. Democratic lawmakers under pressure from Trump

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday barred U.S. Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from making a planned trip to Israel, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump called on his ally not to let them in. USA-DEATHPENALTY/

U.S. federal death row inmate challenges January execution WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for one of five federal prisoners scheduled by President Donald Trump’s administration for execution have launched a two-pronged legal effort to prevent the government from carrying out the lethal injection slated for January.


GE shares fall on Madoff whistleblower calling its finances a fraud General Electric Co shares fell as much as 15% on Thursday after fraud investigator Harry Markopolos, who blew the whistle on Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, said GE was concealing deep financial problems, prompting a sharp rebuke from GE’s new CEO.

USA-TRADE/CHINA China to counter latest U.S. tariffs as Trump vows deal on U.S. terms

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China on Thursday vowed to counter the latest U.S. tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods but called on the United States to meet it halfway on a potential trade deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump said any pact would have to be on America’s terms. ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC-WOODSTOCK/RETROSPECTIVE 'Recreating Woodstock': how festival came together, and almost fell apart

LOS ANGELES, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Mick Richards was among the 450,000 people at Woodstock in 1969, but he did not think much about his "uneventful" 24 hours there until years later, when his teenage son started asking about the festival. ARGENTINA-FILM/BORENSZTEIN

Amid fresh meltdown, Argentine film gives last laugh to victims of 2001 crisis With Argentina once again reeling from a financial crisis, a film released on Thursday shows residents from a village outside Buenos Aires pursuing the dream of many of those left penniless by the country’s 2001 debt default: getting their money back.


Barty and Sakkari to meet after marathon wins in Cincinnati Top seed Ash Barty overcame 49 unforced errors and a stiff challenge from Anett Kontaveit to reach the quarter-finals with a 4-6 7-5 7-5 win of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday.

OLYMPICS-2020/HEAT Triathlon changes add to Tokyo 2020's heat headache

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Triathlon Union’s decision to reduce the distance of the run segment in Thursday’s women’s Olympics qualifying event because of heat concerns is the latest setback for Tokyo 2020 organisers battling extreme temperatures. UPCOMING


Trump rally in New Hampshire U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.


FEATURE-‘Until her bones are broken’: Myanmar activists fight to outlaw domestic violence In Myanmar, where the U.S.-funded Demographic and Health Survey suggests at least one fifth of women are abused by a partner, domestic violence is not against the law, but the first National Prevention of Violence Against Women law, has languished in the drafting stage, a growing source of frustration for activists disappointed by the sluggish pace of reforms in an area entirely under the control of the civilian government, which rules with the military in an awkward power-sharing arrangement.

16 Aug 19:30 ET / 23:30 GMT INDONESIA-PRESIDENT/ (PIX)

Indonesia President expected to announce location of new capital speech Indonesia President Joko Widodo gives a state of the union speech to parliament ahead of Independence Day during which he is expected to announce the exact location of a new capital on Borneo island.

16 Aug 21:30 ET / 01:30 GMT LEBANON-HEZBOLLAH/ (PIX)

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader to give speech Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement is set to deliver a speech at a rally commemorating the end of the July 2006 war with Israel.


Zimbabwe opposition to protest government's handling of economy Zimbabwe's main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will hold street demonstrations against the handling of the economy by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government. A coalition of rights groups said on Thursday that six Zimbabwean political activists were abducted from their homes at night and beaten by armed men this week, ahead of the protest. Police said they believe the protests will turn violent, but the MDC said the demonstrations will be peaceful.


U.N. Security Council due to meet to discuss India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir The U.N. Security Council is due to meet behind closed-doors on Friday at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, diplomats said.

16 Aug 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE

INDIA-KASHMIR/ (PIX) (TV) Tracking developments as a security clampdown in Kashmir continues following scrapping of the special rights of the region

The clampdown followed the Indian government’s decision to take away the mainly Muslim region’s rights to set some of its own laws, a move that has led to sporadic protests in the past week. 16 Aug


Chernobyl pilot recalls his fear on first visit to site in 33 years More than three decades after he flew his helicopter above the radioactive volcano that was Chernobyl's nuclear reactor number four, the site of the world's worst nuclear accident, Mykola Volkozub recalls how he feared for his life. Now 87, the Ukrainian military pilot returned to Chernobyl for the first time since the 1986 accident last month and recalled how he had made three separate flights over the reactor to measure the temperature and composition of gases inside.

16 Aug 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

KENYA-DRUGTRAFFICKING/USA (PIX) (TV) U.S. court to sentence Kenyan drug kingpin Baktash Akasha

A U.S. court will sentence Baktash Akasha who pleaded guilty, along with his brother, to trafficking heroin and methamphetamine and conspiracy to import the drugs into the United States, after a major sting operation by U.S. authorities. Their case is being closely watched in Kenya because the arrests are a rare victory in a nation considered a major transit point for drugs. 16 Aug


WIDER IMAGE - Garbage is the new cash crops for farmers A village that used to be a farming community now is covered with plastic rubbish and farmers now are turning away from their paddy fields to become rubbish sorters.

15 Aug 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT CANADA-CRUDE/INTER US (PIX)

Bid for Inter Pipeline highlights Canada's oil sector bright spot The recent unsolicited bid for Inter Pipeline Ltd, which sparked a rally in the stock, highlights the surging profits of sometimes overlooked Canadian midstream companies that offer insulation from oil price volatility. The midstreamers, which own infrastructure such as gathering pipelines, gas-processing plants and storage tanks that are in high demand, have been a rare bright spot for the Canadian energy sector, but some say their full value has gone unrecognized.


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U.S. surfboard makers not so stoked about China tariffs California surfboard makers say the Trump administration's new round of China tariffs - which slap the first-ever U.S. import taxes on surfboards - won't deliver on the President's promise to bring jobs back to the United States.

16 Aug 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT CANADA-DAIRY/

Ottawa offers aid to dairy farmers hurt by trade deals The Canadian government will announce aid to dairy farmers who have had to contend with greater competition from free trade deals struck with European Union and Trans-Pacific nations. The support to one of Canada's most influential lobby groups comes two months before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government faces a new election.


SPACE-EXPLORATION/NASA-MOON (PIX) NASA picks Alabama site as HQ for human moon lander program -sources

The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as headquarters for its human lunar lander program, signaling progress in its drive to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, three people familiar with the plan say. 15 Aug 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT


50th Woodstock anniversary music and culture festival Three- day festival of music and culture celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival takes place on the original site, now owned by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts


HUNGARY-SYNAGOGUE/ (PIX) (TV) Prominent Budapest synagogue opens after decades of neglect, amid Jewish cultural revival

One of Budapest's most prominent synagogues opens soon, beautifully renovated, after decades of neglect amid the Jewish cultural revival in the Hungarian capital. The Rumbach street synagogue stands in the middle of the former ghetto, now Budapest's sprawling party zone. 16 Aug

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