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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

RUSSIA-POLITICS-NAVALNY

Navalny team says nerve agent found on Russian hotel room water bottle

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport as first thought, his team said on Thursday.

BRITAIN-EU

Biden warns UK on Brexit: No trade deal unless you respect Northern Irish peace pact

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned the United Kingdom that it must honour Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace agreement as it withdraws from the European Union or there would be no separate U.S. trade deal.

U.S.

USA-ELECTION-POST-OFFICE

Judge temporarily blocks U.S. Postal Service changes, citing mail slowdown

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the United States Postal Service from making operational changes that states say threaten the timely delivery of election mail.

USA-WILDFIRES

Thousands of firefighters battle U.S. West Coast blazes amid 'overwhelming' ruin

MOLALLA, Ore. (Reuters) - With resources stretched to the limit, weary crews on Thursday fought from the air and on the ground against deadly wildfires sweeping the western United States, with a U.S. senator saying parts of Oregon now resemble the aftermath of World War Two firebombings.

BUSINESS

USA-TIKTOK-CHINA

ByteDance plans TikTok IPO as U.S. deal talks advance: sources China’s ByteDance is planning a U.S. initial public offering of TikTok Global, the new company that will operate the popular short video app, should its proposed deal be cleared by the White House, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA-CONGRESS

Airline CEOs plead with White House to avert looming U.S. job cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with major airline chief executives on Thursday as the industry braces for thousands of job cuts in two weeks, and urged lawmakers to embrace a $1.5 trillion coronavirus aid package proposed by a bipartisan congressional group and endorsed by President Donald Trump.

ENTERTAINMENT

BRITAIN-SAVILE-ROW-THE-DECK

Women-only tailoring house opens on London's Savile Row

LONDON (Reuters) - For more than 200 years, Savile Row in London’s elegant Mayfair district has been the place to go for discerning men in search of the perfect, tailor-made suit.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-HONGKONG-CAKES

Forget banana bread, try this dish sponge: Pandemic inspires 'illusion cakes' in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A bakery studio in Hong Kong is aiming to bounce back from its COVID-19 slump with “illusion cakes” that appear to be everyday objects until you take a slice.

SPORTS

GOLF-USOPEN

Thomas grabs early U.S. Open lead, Woods eight back

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (Reuters) - World number three Justin Thomas fired his lowest first-round score in a major to grab the early U.S. Open clubhouse lead on Thursday while Tiger Woods was well back after poor finish.

TENNIS-ROME

Flawless Azarenka hands rare double bagel to Kenin in Rome

ROME (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka produced a masterclass on centre court at the Italian Open to knock out third seed Sofia Kenin with a dominant 6-0 6-0 victory in the second round on Thursday.

UPCOMING

DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS

ASIA-STORM/VIETNAM (PIX) (TV)

Vietnam braces as storm Noul makes landfall

Vietnam braces as storm Noul to make landfall on the Southeast Asian country's central coast. Vietnam said on Wednesday it may have to evacuate as many as 500,000 people out of harm's way.

18 Sep 21:00 ET / 01:00 GMT

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

CAIXABANK-M&A/BANKIA (TV)

Caixabank and Bankia executives hold a press conference after boards approve merger

The chairman of Bankia, Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, and the chief executive officer of Caixabank, Gonzalo Gortazar, will hold a press conference on Friday after the banks' boards approved a merger to create Spain's biggest bank with around 600 billion euros in assets.

18 Sep

TRADE-WTO/

WTO to announce results of first round results in leadership race

The World Trade Organization is set to reveal which three candidates of the current eight will be eliminated from the race to be the next director-general as the body faces the biggest crisis in its 25-year history.

18 Sep

USA-WILDFIRES/COST (GRAPHIC)

Who pays the cost of fighting the U.S.'s massive wildfires?

The wildfires that have burned millions of acres and destroyed entire towns in the western United States will cost federal and local governments and private companies and individuals tens of billions of dollars.

18 Sep

GRENKE-ACCOUNTS/STATEMENT

Grenke holds investor/analyst call after critical research report

German financial services provider Grenke, holds an investor/analyst call following a critical report by a short-seller.

18 Sep

CLIMATE-CHANGE/LIVESTOCK (PIX) (TV)

Burps to burgers: global food companies wrangle cattle emissions problem

Looking to improve milk production, California dairy farmer John Verwey turned to a Swiss-made feed additive designed to make a cow more efficient while reducing methane emissions from cattle belches.

18 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

USA-FED/BULLARD

St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President Bullard speaks on "The COVID Economic Recovery Challenge"

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks on "The COVID Recovery Challenge" before the virtual Washington University in St. Louis and The Boeing Center Innovation Conference, "The Industrial Innovation Path to Economic Recovery from Covid-19."

18 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

USA-ELECTION/ (PIX) (TV)

Trump, Biden campaign in Minnesota on state's first day of early voting

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden each will campaign on Friday, Sept. 18, in Minnesota on the first day of the state's in-person early voting.

18 Sep

USA-ELECTION/TRUMP (TV)

Trump campaigns in Minnesota

U.S. President Donald Trump campaigns in Minnesota.

18 Sep

USA-ELECTION/ECONOMY (GRAPHIC, PIX, REPEAT)

How could this week's economic data impact the election?

A weekly look at jobs, unemployment, inflation, and other economic data issued over the past seven days - and how it could impact the campaign of President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden.

18 Sep

TAIWAN-USA/ (PIX) (TV)

Senior US official visits Taiwan

First full day of U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach's visit to Taiwan, which has angered China. He is expected to meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen later in the day.

18 Sep

USA-TRUMP/UN (PIX)

In bumpy U.N. dealings, Trump found backing on North Korea and isolation on Iran

Though famously skeptical of the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump harnessed its collective power to impose crushing sanctions on North Korea in a bid to start talks with Pyongyang, but now faces frustration over a similar push on Iran.

18 Sep 00:01 ET / 04:01 GMT

BELARUS-ELECTION/UN-RIGHTS (TV)

UN rights council to hold urgent debate on Belarus

The Geneva-based council will hold a debate on the Belarussian crackdown on opposition following a disputed presidential election which the UN rights official has described as "alarming".

18 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

BRITAIN-EU/LEGISLATION

What happens next with UK plan to breach Brexit divorce treaty?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with legislation on trade despite a warning from Brussels that it could wreck their future relationship and an acknowledgement by his government that it violates international law. What happens next?

18 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

GERMANY-EU/POLITICS (PIX) (TV)

Germany’s Merkel receives EU commission head von der Leyen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in Berlin.

18 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

USA-ELECTION/HOUSE

FACTBOX-A seat-by-seat look at competitive races for the U.S. House of Representatives

While overall control of the House of Representatives is not thought to be in plan in November's elections -- forecasters expect Democrats to keep their majority -- there are still some 40 competitive races to watch.

18 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

LEBANON-CRISIS/MIGRANTS-CYPRUS (PIX) (TV)

'They should have let us die in the water': desperate Lebanese migrants sent back by Cyprus

For years, small boats have left northern Lebanon’s coast, packed with migrants hoping to reach European shores. Until recently, they've carried mostly Syrians and Palestinians. But in recent weeks, there has been a rise in the number of Lebanese attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

18 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

CANADA-POLITICS/

Green tech and childcare to be crux of Trudeau's recovery plan

Canada's recent COVID-19 surge is forcing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to scale back his plan to outline an ambitious green economic recovery package next week.

18 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SAFRICA

Government briefing o level 1 lockdown regulations

Ministers from the National Coronavirus Command Council, led by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will brief the media on regulations under lockdown level 1.

18 Sep 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

BRAZIL-POLITICS/LULA (PIX) (TV)

Interview with former Brazilian president Lula

Brazil's former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks to Reuters about his chances of annulling corruption sentences against him and running again for president, his role in Brazilian politics in the run-up to the 2020 election and opposition to the right-wing Bolsonaro government.

18 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

KENYA-ATTACK/COURT (PIX)

Kenyan court to issue verdict in Westgate shopping mall attack trial

A Kenyan court will rule if three suspects, charged in connection with an attack on the Westgate shopping mall, are guilty or not. At least 67 people were killed in the assault on the upmarket shopping complex in 2013.

18 Sep

SPORTS

GOLF-USOPEN/ (PIX) (TV)

Golf - U.S. Open - Second Round

Coverage of the second round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

18 Sep

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/NORDICS (PIX)

ANALYSIS - Tech savvy, flexible workers boost COVID-hit Nordic economies

Well-developed digital infrastructure has helped the Nordic economies weather the pandemic better than most of Europe. A high proportion of information technology-focused jobs that lend themselves to distance working has helped but businesses and individuals have been quick to make the digital leap.

18 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

CLIMATE-CHANGE/LIVESTOCK-SCIENCE (PIX) (TV)

Q&A-What is the science behind the moo-ve from cattle methane emissions?

Scientists have worked for years to reduce methane emissions from cattle burps by changing what cattle eat, or through research on vaccines, genetic modification of cattle and even forehead-mounted masks and backpacks to trap vapors. What is the problem? Why are livestock gassy?

18 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO BRIEFING (TV)

WHO regular press briefing with DG on coronavirus pandemic

Top officials from the World Health Organization (WHO), including director-general Tedros Adnahom Ghebreyesus, give a press conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic on the deadline day for wealthy countries to make binding commitments to the global COVAX vaccine facility.

18 Sep 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

FRANCE-LEATHER/SALMON (PIX) (TV)

From trash to treasure: French company turns throwaway salmon skin into leather

For French company Ictyos, one man's trash is another's treasure, as the enterprise based near Lyon goes door-to-door at local restaurants to gather salmon skin meant to go into the waste bin and recycle them into leather used to make handbags and other accessories.

18 Sep 05:30 ET / 09:30 GMT

FASHION-LONDON/MARK FAST (PIX) (TV)

Mark Fast showcases his autumn/winter knitwear collection

Mark Fast brings showcases his modern knitwear collection at London Fashion Week

18 Sep 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

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