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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

IRAN-NUCLEAR-UN/

Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November.

BRITAIN-EU/

May challenges EU as Brexit talks hit 'impasse', sterling tumbles

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Brexit talks with the European Union had hit an impasse, defiantly challenging the bloc to come up with its own plans a day after EU leaders savaged her proposals.

U.S.

USA-COURT-KAVANAUGH/

Trump questions Kavanaugh's accuser, says opponents want to 'destroy' nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday sought to cast doubt on the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, saying if the attack was “as bad as she says” it would have been immediately reported to police.

USA-ELECTION-TEXAS-DEBATE/

Cruz to take on Senate challenger O'Rourke in Texas-sized debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke will come face-to-face with the man he has been chasing for months, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, at a debate on Friday in one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country.

BUSINESS

SKY-PLC-M-A-AUCTION/

Comcast and Fox take $34 billion battle for Britain's Sky to the wire

LONDON (Reuters) - Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox face a quick-fire auction for British broadcaster Sky on Saturday after neither side backed down in a drawn-out $34 billion battle.

APPLE-IPHONES-TEARDOWN/

As new iPhones go on sale, studies reveal chips from Intel and Toshiba

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc’s latest iPhones hit stores around the world on Friday, featuring components made by Intel Corp and Toshiba among others, according to two firms that cracked open the iPhone Xs and Xs Max models.

ENTERTAINMENT

FILM-STAR-WARS/

'Star Wars' fans applaud movie release slowdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Plans by Disney to slow down the release of future “Star Wars” projects are getting a thumbs up from fans, who also hope that new movies in the multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise will be more creative.

MUSIC-ELTONJOHN/

Elton John signs with Universal 'for the rest of his career'

LONDON (Reuters) - Elton John has signed a deal with Universal Music Group for his back catalogue and any new work as well as brand management, merchandising and licensing rights, the company said on Friday.

SPORTS

GOLF-RYDERCUP/

Golf: Americans desperate to end 25 years of Ryder Cup travel sickness

LONDON (Reuters) - When the United States were cruising through 12 successive Ryder Cup victories (plus a tie) from 1959-85 it would have been a brave man to suggest they would soon go 25 years without an away win, yet that is the stark reality now facing Jim Furyk’s team.

BASKETBALL-NBA-RULESCHANGES/

NBA Board approves rules changes

Three rules changes were approved by the NBA Board of Governors on Friday.

UPCOMING

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

USA-ELECTION/TEXAS-DEBATE (PIX) (TV)

Texas' Senator Ted Cruz debates Beto O'Rourke in 2018 Senate race

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his Democratic challenger, Representative Beto O'Rourke face off in the first of three debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election. A recent Reuters poll shows O'Rourke giving Cruz a run for his money, and Democrats view the race as an opportunity to pick up one of the two seat they need to gain to take a majority in the chamber.

21 Sep 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT

BRITAIN-EU/UKIP

The anti-EU UK Independence Party holds its annual conference

The anti-EU UK Independence Party gathers for its annual conference in Birmingham and will be looking to increase pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to abandon her so-called Chequers proposals for Brexit in favour of a clean break with the EU.

22 Sep

CANADA-MINISTERS/

Canada hosts women foreign ministers meeting in Montreal

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland and the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini host meeting of women foreign ministers in Montreal. Covering on merit, looking for any updates on NAFTA talks.

22 Sep

PORTUGAL-PROTESTS/HOUSING (PIX)

Portuguese rally against gentrification in Lisbon

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Portugal's capital, Lisbon, to protest against gentrification and rising rent prices after a national newspaper revealed that 34% of properties in the city's historic centre are occupied by tourists.

22 Sep 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

UN-ASSEMBLY/ (PIX)

73rd United Nations General Assembly

World leaders gather at the United Nations for the 73rd annual United Nations General Assembly.

22 Sep

USA-ELECTION/TEXAS-DEBATE (TV)

Follow-up on Ted Cruz-Beto O'Rourke U.S. Senate debate in Texas

Follow up story on Friday night's debate between U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his Democratic challenger, Representative Beto O'Rourke. Democrats view the race as an opportunity to pick up one of the two seat they need to gain to take a majority in the chamber.

22 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

USA-OPIOIDS/MAIL (PIX)

Ordering opioids online? Mail carrier may also deliver handcuffs

U.S. federal agents allowed Reuters to ride along on a so-called controlled delivery, a technique involving fake mail carriers used to fight the growing tide of illegal opioids arriving via international mail, fueling the nation's overdose epidemic.

22 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

SKY-M&A/AUCTION

British regulator to auction Sky to bidders Comcast and Fox

Britain's takeover regulator will take the rare step of intervening in the battle between Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox for Sky by staging an auction for the broadcaster to bring the drawn-out bidding war to an end.

22 Sep

GUYANA-CHINA/

China Foreign Minister visits Guyana, may offer financing

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Guyana as part of a Latin American tour and is expected to announce technical and economic assistance agreements as well as the outlines for a financing deal.

22 Sep

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

FASHION-MILAN/CAVALLI (PIX) (TV)

Roberto Cavalli shows new collection at Milan Fashion Week Roberto Cavalli, popular with celebrities worldwide will show its new collection at Milan spring/summer 2019 Fashion Week.

22 Sep 06:30 ET / 10:30 GMT

GERMANY-OKTOBERFEST/ (PIX) (TV)

World's largest beer festival, the Oktoberfest, opens in Munich

The 185th annual Oktoberfest beer festival opens with the traditional scream of "O'zapft is!" (it's tapped) as tens of thousands of visitors from across the world are expected to make their way to Munich's Theresienwiese field over the next two weeks.

22 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

FASHION-MILAN/FERRAGAMO (PIX)

Italy's Ferragamo showcases new designs at Milan fashion week

Italian luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo, in the midst of relaunching its brand, will show its latest spring-summer collection to fashionistas gathered in Milan for the city's fashion week.

22 Sep 03:30 ET / 07:30 GMT

2018-09-22 00:01:47

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