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Heavy fighting as annexation vote in Ukraine enters final day

KYIV, Ukraine, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Ukrainian and Russian forces were locked in heavy fighting in different parts of Ukraine on Tuesday as Russian-organised referendums in four regions Moscow hopes to annex drew to a close.


With flowers and a gun salute, Japan bids farewell to slain Abe at state funeral

TOKYO, Sept 27 (Reuters) - With flowers, prayers and a 19-gun salute, Japan honoured slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday at the first state funeral for a former premier in 55 years - a ceremony that has become as divisive as he was in life.



Democratic ex-cop Demings closes in on Republican Rubio in Florida

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative Val Demings enters the final weeks of her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in a stronger position than many observers had expected in conservative-leaning Florida.


Biden plan to cancel some U.S. student loan debt will cost $400 bln -CBO

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's executive actions cancelling some student loan debt will cost about $400 billion, about a quarter of funds owed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Monday.



Grab expects to break even by H2 2024

SINGAPORE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Grab Holdings Ltd, Southeast Asia's biggest ride-hailing and food delivery firm, expects to break even on its adjusted EBITDA by the second half of 2024 as it accelerates toward profitability, company officials said on Tuesday.


Developer Sunac China seeks to extend payment for 4 bln yuan bond for the 3rd time-sources

SHANGHAI, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Struggling Chinese property developer Sunac China is seeking to extend the repayment for a 4 billion yuan ($558.35 million) bond for the third time by pushing out the deadline by another 6 months, two sources with knowledge said on Tuesday.



NASA's DART spacecraft hits target asteroid in first planetary defense test

NASA's DART spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in the world's first test of a planetary defense system, designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth.


New coins, banknotes, stamps and cypher for Britain's King Charles

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Britain will gradually see coins, banknotes and stamps bearing the image of King Charles, while the new monarch's cypher will also appear on government buildings and red mail pillar boxes, manufacturers and Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday.



England draw won't affect German morale going into World Cup: Mueller

Germany forward Thomas Mueller said their 3-3 Nations League draw with England on Monday will have little impact on their morale heading into the World Cup.


Judge's wait goes on as Blue Jays stop Yankees in extra innings

TORONTO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The New York Yankees were unable to clinch top spot in the American League East and Aaron Judge's historic home run chase remained stalled on Monday as Vladimir Guerrero's 10th inning walkoff single earned the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 win.




How the Biden administration could stymie independent contracting

The U.S. Department of Labor is expected to soon unveil a proposed rule that would make it more difficult for companies to treat workers as independent contractors, potentially upending the gig economy and other major industries that rely heavily on contract labor.

27 Sep 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT


WIDER IMAGE-Climate change means the Inuit do what they've always done: Adapt

The sea ice is everything to the people who live in Nain. The tiny town on the Newfoundland and Labrador coast is on the frontline of climate change. As the sea ice melts, the Inuit are racing to adapt.

27 Sep 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


U.S. state legislative races carry high stakes for abortion access

In November's midterm elections, legislative races across half a dozen states - including Maine, North Carolina and Wisconsin - could determine whether millions of Americans see abortion access expanded or restricted.

27 Sep 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


FACTBOX-A look at the most competitve U.S. Senate races

A factbox detailing the competitive races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.

27 Sep 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Cops on Brazil campaign trail call for backup as political violence looms

Brazil has seen a series of red alerts about political violence in the run-up to an Oct. 2 presidential election, Brazil's most fraught since the end of military rule in 1985.

27 Sep 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


National Bank of Hungary holds rate meeting, expected to hike main rate by 100 bps to 12.75%

National Bank of Hungary holds rate meeting, expected to hike main rate by 100 bps to 12.75% according to Reuters poll. Central bank will also assess the option of end ing its long rate hike cycle, with "all options on the table", its deputy governor has said.

27 Sep 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


NATO's Stoltenberg addresses party meeting at the European Parliament

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg participates in a meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament. The public part of the meeting will include introductory statements by the Secretary General and the S&D President Iratxe García Pérez. The Secretary General’s opening remarks will be streamed live on the NATO website at around 18:30 CEST.

27 Sep 16:30 ET / 16:30 GMT


Biden speaks about healthcare costs, Medicare, Social Security

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at event focused on lowering healthcare costs and protecting and strengthening Medicare and Social Security.

27 Sep 17:15 ET / 17:15 GMT


U.N. Security Council to meet to discuss the referenda in Ukraine

U.N. Security Council to meet to discuss the referenda in Ukraine.

27 Sep 19:00 ET / 19:00 GMT



Interview with WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

World Trade Organization to give a heads up on trends in global trade and implementing the agreements struck at the June ministerial.

27 Sep 06:30 ET / 06:30 GMT


Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Evans appears in live interview on CNBC Europe

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans appears in live interview on CNBC Europe, in London, England.

27 Sep 07:30 ET / 07:30 GMT


WTO forum opens in Geneva with Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala due to talk about trends in global trade at the WTO headquarters in Geneva as four-day forum opens.

27 Sep 08:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


Young Russians fleeing mobilization in Russia, seek refuge in Montenegro

Young Russians fleeing mobilization in Russia, end up in Montenegro, hoping for a new life away from war in Ukraine

27 Sep 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Evans speaks on economy at OMFIF event

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions or monetary policy before the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum: "The Future of the U.S. Economy," in London, England.

27 Sep 10:15 ET / 10:15 GMT


Aircraft parts output grounded by worker shortages

Canada's Mitchell Aerospace has a booming business – and a shop-floor shortfall that is reverberating from Boeing to Airbus. The Montreal-based supplier has an order backlog from clients like Raytheon Technologies, as aircraft makers push to ramp up output after a two-year slump, but it can't find enough workers.

27 Sep 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT



27 Sep 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Mexico-Trade balance

27 Sep 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Federal Reserve Chair Powell discusses digital finance before Banque de France event

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell participates virtually in discussion on "Digital Finance" before the Banque de France Conference on Opportunities and Challenges of the Tokenisation of Finance: Which Role for Central Banks?" conference taking place in Paris, France.

27 Sep 11:30 ET / 11:30 GMT


Ireland aims to ease cost of living squeeze with 'two budgets in one'

Ireland will deliver what ministers have called two budgets in one on Tuesday, making higher than usual spending increases and tax cuts while also helping firms and consumers pay soaring energy bills in what they hope will be a one-off intervention.

27 Sep 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


U.S. offshore oil producers keep eye on Hurricane Ian's track

U.S. offshore oil producers on Tuesday were keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Ian's track as the powerful storm shut-in at least four production platforms ahead of a course expected to skirt the most active drilling areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

27 Sep 13:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


American Airlines, JetBlue face trial in U.S. antitrust case

The U.S. Justice Department and six states are slated to take American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp to trial in an antitrust lawsuit seeking to unwind their "Northeast Alliance" partnership. The Justice Department contends the deal, which was announced in June 2020, would lead to higher fares in busy northeastern U.S. airports. The non-jury trial is before U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin in Boston.

27 Sep 13:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President Bullard speaks on U.S. economy in London

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard speaks on the U.S. economy and monetary policy and participates in panel before the Barclays-CEPR International Monetary Policy Forum, in London, England.

27 Sep 13:55 ET / 13:55 GMT


Treasury Dept. announces sales of 4- and 8-week bills

27 Sep 15:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


BlackBerry Ltd Reports Second Quarter Results

Canada's BlackBerry Ltd is expected to post a fall in quarterly revenue amid supply chain troubles and fears of fall in enterprise spending due to inflation.

27 Sep 20:00 ET / 20:00 GMT



Drought is killing Kenya's endangered wildlife

Kenya's worst drought in four decades has killed almost 2% of the world's rarest zebra in three months, and 25 times more elephants than normal over the same period. It is starving Kenya's famed wildlife of normal food sources and driving them into deadly conflict with people as they roam wider, to the edges of towns and villages, in a desperate search for sustenance.

27 Sep 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT



Dior Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week

Dior creative director Maria Grazia-Chiuri unveils the label's Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week

27 Sep 12:30 ET / 12:30 GMT


Saint Laurent Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week

Designer Anthony Vaccarello unveils Saint Laurent's Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

27 Sep 18:00 ET / 18:00 GMT



Soccer - UEFA Nations League - Switzerland v Czech Republic

Switzerland face Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League at Kybunpark stadium in St. Gallen

27 Sep 18:45 ET / 18:45 GMT



Supreme Court Justice Alito to speak at Catholic law school event

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the decision in June overturning the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade that guaranteed women a nation right to obtain abortions, or is slated to speak at an event hosted by Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Alito is delivering the inaugural lecture for the school's newly-launched Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The school has not said whether the event will be open to the public.

27 Sep 21:00 ET / 21:00 GMT

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