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Exclusive: Trump to add China’s SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is poised to add China’s top chipmaker SMIC and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, according to a document and sources, curbing their access to U.S. investors and escalating tensions with Beijing weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.


EU starts debate on how best to improve post-Trump U.S. relations, officials say

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will begin discussions on Monday on how best to improve transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, EU officials said.



Biden identifies more administration officials, Trump vows continued election fight

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden chose more senior aides to lead his administration’s efforts to defeat the coronavirus and rebuild the U.S. economy, and his office confirmed on Sunday he would begin receiving classified briefings that are an essential step toward taking control of national security.


New York City public schools will begin to reopen with weekly COVID-19 testing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s public schools will begin to reopen for in-person learning on Dec. 7, starting with elementary schools for students whose parents agree to a weekly testing regimen for the novel coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday.



Time is running out for Brexit trade deal, Britain and EU say

LONDON, (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union cautioned each other on Monday that time was running out for a Brexit trade deal as negotiators sparred over state aid, enforcement and fishing in a bid to avoid a tumultuous exit in just a month’s time.


S&P Global to buy IHS Markit for $44 bln in largest deal of 2020

(Reuters) – Data giant S&P Global Inc will buy IHS Markit Ltd in a deal valued at $44 billion including debt, the companies said on Monday, in what will be 2020’s biggest merger by value and create a heavyweight in the increasingly competitive market in financial information.



COVID-19 countermeasures to cost some $960 million: Kyodo

TOKYO, (Reuters) – Tokyo Games organisers estimate the cost of COVID-19 countermeasures for next year’s rearranged Olympics will run to around 100 billion yen ($960 million), Kyodo News reported on Monday.


Japan’s Osaka inspires own manga character

TOKYO, (Reuters) – Japan’s three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has inspired a new manga character to appear in an issue of Nakayoshi magazine next month, the publishers announced on Sunday.




FEATURE- Abortion rights “awakening” sweeps Latin America

A movement is sweeping Latin America to loosen some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, triggered by mass protests in Argentina and rising anger over gender violence.

30 Nov 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Turkey’s Erdogan chairs cabinet meeting, likely to respond to rise in coronavirus cases

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan chairs a cabinet meeting and his expected news conference afterwards is likely to focus in part on a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

30 Nov 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


SPECIAL REPORT – Democracy darkens: Generations of Hong Kong activists reel from Chinese moves

A year after massive protests against encroaching Chinese control captured the attention of the world, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is today trapped in a state of suspended animation and despair, boxed in by Beijing and riven by divisions that are generational and strategic alike.

30 Nov 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Merkel discusses Germany’s EU presidency

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks about Germany’s rotating presidency of the European Union at a virtual event organized by the German parliament.

30 Nov 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


German economy minister holds news conference with German mask producer

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and the CEO of German mask producer Skylotec hold a virtual news conference as the country tries to reduce its dependence on overseas firms by supporting domestic production of protective gear in the pandemic.

30 Nov 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


German Chancellor Merkel holds virtual dialogue with police

German Chancellor Merkel holds a virtual dialogue with police officers in Berlin

30 Nov 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


Turkey’s Erdogan meets Ukraine Prime Minister Shmygal

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal.

30 Nov 12:00 ET / 17:00 GMT


Brazil to announce 2020 official Amazon rainforest deforestation measure

Brazil’s national space research agency Inpe and Vice President Hamilton Mourão will release the government’s official 2019/2020 annual deforestation figure in a press conference, with preliminary data indicating a major rise from a year earlier.

30 Nov 14:00 ET / 19:00 GMT


Hong Kong leader holds weekly news briefing

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds weekly news briefing.

1 Dec 20:30 ET / 01:30 GMT


Wisconsin must certify U.S. presidential election results by Tuesday

The state’s election commission has until Dec. 1 to certify the election results. Trump’s campaign paid the commission $3 million on Nov. 18 for a recount of the vote in two heavily Democratic counties. Across the state, unofficial results had Biden ahead of Trump by more than 20,000 votes.

1 Dec


Brexit trade deal: Negotiators try to clinch a deal

British and European Union negotiators are trying to clinch a last-minute trade deal just weeks before the United Kingdom casts off from the bloc in its most significant economic and political shift since losing a global empire.

1 Dec


Italy begins G20 Presidency mandate, ends Nov. 30, 2021.

1 Dec


NATO foreign ministers hold video conference, over two days

NATO foreign ministers hold two days of video conference talks. Agenda TBC but likely to touch on US election result, Afghanistan and Russia.

1 Dec



FACTBOX: The main elements of Canada’s fall economic statement

The government will outline its fall economic statement, an update on its spending during the pandemic and its plans for future investments. Canada did not put out a budget for the current fiscal year in the spring because of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

30 Nov 16:00 ET / 21:00 GMT


French sugar beet growers press conference

French sugar beet growers group CGB holds press conference to discuss this year’s poor harvest, decimated by crop disease and drought, and the market outlook.

1 Dec


Kazakhstan monthly inflation

Kazakhstan to publish monthly inflation data

1 Dec


Mexico central bank issues monthly poll of private economists

Mexico’s central bank will issue its monthly poll of private sector economists forecasts on key indicators like inflation, GDP and the peso exchange rate.

1 Dec


Eyes on debt pile as Ghana heads to the polls next week

Ghana heads into a presidential election next week with concerns about its rising debt at the top of many investors’ minds. The main candidates are promising more spending if they win the tightly contested poll, but that has not stopped some fund managers from buying its bonds on a bet that the incoming government will be able to oversee fiscal recovery.

1 Dec



U.S. Supreme Court hears Trump bid to exclude illegal immigrants from representation

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments over President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude illegal immigrants from the population totals used to allocate congressional districts to states.

30 Nov 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT



Nepal’s female soldiers break taboos to tackle COVID crisis

Female Nepali army soldiers are being deployed for the first time in the nation of 30 million people to manage the bodies of victims of COVID-19, as the pandemic continues to escalate. Women touching a dead body or carrying it for cremation is still a taboo in the deeply conservative Nepal. But rights for women have improved since the majority-Hindu country emerged from a decade-long conflict in 2006 and abolished its centuries-old feudal monarchy two years later.

1 Dec


Japan opens “Tokyo Mask Land”, a face mask theme park

From exhibitions on the history of face masks, to unique mask making workshops, Japan takes their enthusiasm for masks to a new level: by opening a face mask theme park, which will run from December 1 in Yokohama for a month.

1 Dec


Queensland to reopen its borders to Sydneysiders and Victorians for first time in several months

The Australian state of Queensland reopens its borders to the country’s previous coronavirus hotspot of Victoria, whilst also welcoming residents from Sydney for the first time in several months.

1 Dec


Movie under the stars: Social distancing ‘tent cinema’ opens in Indonesia

A campsite in Indonesia offers a “social distancing movie watching experience” by setting up tents for moviegoers. Each session can accommodate up to 80 people and adhere to health protocols.

1 Dec



China to hold annual military forum

China will hold its annual Xiangshan Forum on Dec 1-2 by video. One focus would be the heightened security tensions in South China Sea as well as the India border, as well as expectations for U.S. security policies under a new administration.

1 Dec

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