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Protesters crowd Minsk as Belarus leader gets birthday call from Putin
(Reuters) – Belarusians chanting “Happy Birthday, you rat” and flying red-and-white opposition flags gathered near President Alexander Lukashenko’s residence on Sunday as protesters kept up pressure on the veteran leader to resign, before dispersing peacefully.
Trump adviser sees more Arab, Muslim partners for Israel after UAE deal
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Sunday more Arab and Muslim countries were likely to follow the United Arab Emirates in normalising relations with Israel.
Democrats say Trump visit may worsen protests in Wisconsin city
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump should not visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, the city where protests erupted last week after a Black man was shot in the back by a white police officer, the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor said on Sunday.
U.S. coronavirus cases top six million as Midwest, schools face outbreaks
(Reuters) – U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed six million on Sunday as many states in the Midwest reported increasing infections, according to a Reuters tally.
United Airlines bids farewell to change fees in push for bookings
CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Sunday it is permanently eliminating change fees on tickets for U.S. travel effective immediately, the latest effort by a U.S. airline to try to stimulate bookings hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
China’s new tech export controls could give Beijing a say in TikTok sale
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s new rules around tech exports mean ByteDance’s sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations could need Beijing’s approval, a Chinese trade expert told state media, a requirement that would complicate the forced and politically charged divestment.
A digital dance-off spreads from Argentina to the world
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – With theaters closed around the world, three South American dancers have created a digital dance-off for aspiring twirlers, with Instagram the new stage where competitors from Argentina and Brazil to Israel and Italy post clips of their moves.
Box Office: ‘New Mutants’ Lands $7 Million Debut
LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Superhero thriller “The New Mutants,” one of the first major movies to open since coronavirus caused theaters to close in March, launched to $7 million over the weekend. Though ticket sales were on the lower end of expectations, the Disney and 20th Century Studios release marks the biggest debut yet for a new release during the pandemic.
Dodgers set National League record for home runs in a month with Bellinger’s blast
The Los Angeles Dodgers hit three home runs in the first three innings of Sunday’s game against the host Texas Rangers to set a National League record for homers in a month with 57.
Soccer: Salt Lake owner Hansen to sell Utah teams after alleged racist comments
(Reuters) – Major League Soccer (MLS) said on Sunday that Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen, who is being investigated by the governing body over allegations that he had used racist language, is set to sell Utah Soccer Holdings.
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
Duterte visits troops in restive Philippine province after deadly bombings
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Jolo on a restive southern Philippine islands on Sunday, where twin explosions earlier this month, believed to have been carried out by suicide bombers, killed 15 people and wounded more than 70 others.
31 Aug 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
Sudan signs peace deal with Darfur rebel groups
Sudan’s government and rebel groups in the troubled Darfur region to sign peace deal in Juba on Monday, ending months of tortuous negotiations and a conflict that has claimed over 300,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million.
Their parents fled the civil war. Lebanese flee “hopeless” country once more.
Days after the port blast that ravaged Beirut, a news anchor on little-watched state TV delivered his last bulletin in 11 years. “I can no longer stay in a land that is a graveyard for dreams. I’m leaving the country,” he declared on air. A new generation of Lebanese pack their bags, looking for “any kind of normal” abroad after the blast turned the capital into a disaster zone.
Preview ahead of French president Macron’s trip to Beirut
French President Emmanuel Macron makes his second trip to Beirut since a massive blast at the port destroyed swathes of the capital and prompted street protests that heralded the government’s downfall. Sectarian rivalries are getting in the way of the appointment of a new interim administration.
31 Aug 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
MTV holds its Video Music Awards (VMA) ceremony
MTV’s annual Video Music Awards ceremony, featuring performances by BTS, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, takes place. Some artists to perform at locations in New York city, others will be pre-recorded for the virtual show without a red carpet.
30 Aug 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
23rd anniversary of the death of Princess Diana
People mark the 23rd anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
TAIWAN-CZECH/ (PIX) (TV)
Speaker of Czech Republic Senate gives speech in Taiwan
The visiting speaker of the Czech Senate, Chairman Milos Vystrcil gives a speech at an investment forum in Taipei and then in the afternoon at a university. His five-day visit has angered Beijing. The Czech government has also refused to endorse the trip, and sticks to its one-China policy. Vystrcil, a member of the opposition, has billed the trip a sign of support for Czech values-based policies as well as business
31 Aug 22:00 ET / 02:00 GMT
PREVIEW-Colombia central bank set to trim rate one last time at Monday meeting
Colombia’s central bank board is set to reduce borrowing costs for the final time on Monday after months of cuts meant to help an economy battered by coronavirus.
POLL-Colombia inflation set to continue falling amid low consumption
Consumer price increases in Colombia will have continued to fall during August, analysts polled by Reuters said, as consumer demand remains weak amid the economic crisis caused by coronavirus.
Colombia central bank board votes on interest rate decision
Colombia’s seven-member central bank board will vote on the benchmark interest rate on Monday, in what analysts expect will be the final salvo in a borrowing costs easing cycle.
Second shale boom’s legacy: overpriced deals, unwanted assets
Oil-and-gas companies plunged over $156 billion into M&A and land deals during the second U.S. shale boom, in a massive bet that good times would continue and oil prices would rise. Many of those deals have become financial albatrosses.
31 Aug 01:00 ET / 05:00 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SAFRICA-TOURISM (PIX) (TV)
With borders closed, S.Africa pins hopes on cash-strapped local tourists
Following a five-month lockdown, South Africa is easing domestic travel restrictions, allowing hotels to reopen. With international borders still closed, the government is pinning its hopes on domestic tourism, echoing a strategy being tried from Vietnam to New Zealand with mixed results.
31 Aug 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT
European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovski talks at Forum Alpbach
Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis talks about how to shape an inclusive and sustainable economy and EU policy amidst a global pandemic via live stream
31 Aug 03:45 ET / 07:45 GMT
Danish govt to announce budget proposal for 2021
31 Aug 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
CLIMATE-CHANGE/PEMEX-INVESTORS (PIX) (GRAPHIC)
INSIGHT-Mexico’s Pemex tests limits of investor influence on climate change
At a time when oil production is at historic lows, lenders who want Mexican oil giant Pemex to adapt to climate change are struggling to be heard.
31 Aug 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
Fed Vice Chair Clarida speaks at a Washington think tank
Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida speaks on “The Federal Reserve’s New Monetary Policy Framework” before Peterson Institute for International Economics.
31 Aug 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Bostic speaks on philanthropy and recovery
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic participates in virtual conversation, “An Inclusive Recovery: How Philanthropy Can Impact Systematic Change” hosted by the Florida Philanthropic Network.
31 Aug 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
ESTONIA-ENVIRONMENT/BOGS (PIX) (TV)
Activists work to restore Estonian bogs to slow global warming
Activists in Estonia are working to restore its old bogs, which were drained in the Soviet-era to extract peat and are now leaking greenhouse gases. The drained bogs are major source of the gases in countries around the Baltic Sea as well as in UK and Ireland, and Estonia is spearheading efforts to restore them and curb the emissions.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AFRICA-REFUGEES (PIX) (PIX)
INSIGHT – Locked out by COVID, refugees’ lives on hold
Before COVID, thousands of people were promised escape from war, violence, conflict or persecution. Now, after winning a chance to make new lives in countries such as the United States and Canada, they suddenly learned — often by phone — their flights would no longer take off. Ubah Mohamed was one of them.
31 Aug 02:00 ET / 06:00 GMT
How cold viruses are being used in vaccines from Russia, China
The modified common cold viruses behind high-profile COVID-19 vaccine candidates from China’s CanSino Biologics and Russia’s Gamaleya Institute have been studied for decades, but are still not widely used.
31 Aug 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AUSTRALIA (PIX) (TV)
Second wave of coronavirus infections eases in Australia
The growth in case numbers out of Victoria – the epicentre of the disease in Australia – has been easing, raising expectations the second wave has been brought under control.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
EU-SLOVENIA/FORUM (PIX) (TV)
CEE, Balkan leaders, EU’s top diplomat attend a conference in Slovenia
Attendees include PMs of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, president of Serbia as well as top EU diplomat Josep Borell and a number of foreign ministers from the region. The event takes place in Bled.
Malaysia celebrates its 63rd Independence Day
Malaysia celebrates its 63rd Independence Day.
JAPAN-POLITICS/ABE-ABENOMICS-SCORECARD (GRAPHIC) (GRAPHIC)
How does Abenomics stack up? Reuters asked the experts
How does Abenomics stack up? Reuters surveyed 18 experts to gauge their perceptions of Abe on five areas: ending deflation; fiscal reform; labour-market reform; encouraging business and investment, and deregulation
Parliament holds no-confidence vote against centrist minority government
The two-house parliament holds vote of no-confidence against the centrist minority government of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, blamed by the Social Democrat oposition for poor handling of the coronavirus crisis.
31 Aug 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT