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Netanyahu sacks defence minister who opposed judicial overhaul
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed Defence Minister Yoav Gallant a day after he broke ranks and urged the government to halt a highly-contested plan to overhaul the judicial system.
French PM offers to meet opposition, unions amid pension crisis
PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne plans to meet with opposition leaders and trade unions in the hope of ending weeks of protests against a new pension law, her office said on Sunday.
Trump casts 2024 contest in apocalyptic terms, slams prosecutors
WACO (Reuters) - Donald Trump used his first election rally in Waco, Texas, to cast the 2024 presidential vote in apocalyptic terms, slam his leading Republican rival Ron DeSantis and rail against prosecutors pursuing him with criminal investigations he likened to a "Stalinist Russia horror show."
U.S. House speaker says lawmakers to move forward with TikTok bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday lawmakers will move forward with legislation to address national security worries about TikTok, alleging China's government had access to the short video app's user data.
Banking stress puts U.S. and Europe on watch for credit crunch
WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Stress in the banking sector is being closely monitored for its potential to trigger a credit crunch, a U.S. Federal Reserve policymaker said on Sunday, as a European Central Bank official also flagged a possible tightening in lending.
As banking sector confidence falters, central banks called on to do more
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some investors and analysts are calling for more coordinated interventions from central banks to restore financial stability, as they fear that tumult in the global banking sector will continue amid rising interest rates.
Actor Jonathan Majors arrested in New York on assault charges
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The actor Jonathan Majors was arrested in New York City over the weekend on assault and harassment charges, leading to the U.S. Army pulling new advertisements featuring the "Creed III" star.
Queen and Adam Lambert to bring Rhapsody Tour back to North America
NEW YORK (Reuters) - British rockers Queen and U.S. singer Adam Lambert are heading out on the road again, bringing their updated and expanded Rhapsody Tour back to North America after four years.
Marquez apologises for Oliveira crash at Portuguese GP, accepts penalty
PORTIMAO (Reuters) - Honda's Marc Marquez apologised for his mistake and accepted a penalty after a collision with local favourite Miguel Oliveira saw both riders crash out of season-opening Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ronaldo leads the way as Portugal hit six of the best
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo continued his record-breaking form for Portugal as he grabbed two more goals in his country's 6-0 thrashing of Luxembourg in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Sunday, giving them a second win in four days.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
BRITAIN-SCOTLAND/LEADERSHIP (PIX) (TV)
Voting closes in Scottish National Party leadership ballot
A ballot of members of the Scottish National Party to choose a new leader, after the surprise resignation of Nicola Sturgeon last month, closes.
The party has not said when it will announce the result but said it would be made public "as soon as the result has been determined".
Paul Rusesabagina, of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame, leaves Rwanda after release from jail
Paul Rusesabagina, a Rwandan dissident whose heroism during the genocide was depicted in the movie 'Hotel Rwanda', is expected to fly to Doha after he was released from jail on Friday night.
Rusesabagina was sentenced to 25 years in prison on terrorism charges after he said he was kidnapped from Dubai in 2019 and returned to Rwanda by force.
Cuba announces results of National Assembly elections
Cuba is set to announce on Monday (March 27) the results of Sunday's (March 26) election for representatives to the communist-run country's National Assembly.
TAIWAN-CZECH/ (PIX) (TV)
Czech parliament lower chamber speaker meets Taiwan president
Czech parliament lower chamber speaker Marketa Pekarova-Adamova meets Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei.
She also attends a business summit in the morning.
NATO-NORDICS/HUNGARY-FINLAND (PIX) (TV)
Hungarian parliament to vote on Finland's NATO bid
Hungary's parliament votes on the ratification process of Finland's NATO entry after a months-long delay, with the country's president and a government official calling on lawmakers to support the expansion of the defence alliance.
The ruling party said it would back the motion, so parliament is expected to approve it.
US Vice President Harris visits Ghana
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits Ghana, the first stop of a three-nation tour of Africa.
The visit is part of a diplomatic push by the Biden administration to deepen ties with the continent amid competition from China and Russia.
Concerned for fraud, Turks volunteer to safeguard votes after earthquake
Yigit will wait by a ballot box for a whole day on May 14, concerned that someone could cast a vote in Turkey's elections in place of his parents, who were killed in the town of Antakya in earthquakes that devastated Turkey's south last month.
His determination to safeguard the ballot boxes highlights the concerns of millions of voters that problems with recording the heavy death toll from the earthquakes could lead to voter fraud.
KENYA-POLITICS/ (PIX) (TV)
Kenyan opposition leader calls for renewed protests over cost of living
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for a second consecutive Monday of protests against President William Ruto's government over the high cost of living.
One person was killed and over 200 arrested in last week's demonstration, in which police tear gassed Odinga's convoy.
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/ONLINE SCHOOLS (TV)
Afghan girls go online for last chance of study – but bad internet is letting them down
Afghan girls and women have turned to online study to get around Taliban restrictions that prevent them from attending schools.
But even online, many are being defeated by slow internet speeds and unstable electricity supplies.
TAIWAN-CHINA/ (PIX) (TV)
Former Taiwan president Ma to visit China in landmark trip
Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou will visit China from March 27, the first time a former or current Taiwanese leader has visited since the defeated Republic of China government fled to the island in 1949.
Ma's office said that he would visit China from March 27 to April 7 and go to the cities of Nanjing, Wuhan, Changsha, Chongqing and Shanghai.
What happens if the US Supreme Court bans affirmative action?
The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether colleges can continue to consider race as part of their admissions decisions, a practice commonly known as affirmative action.
How two weather balloons led Mexico to ban solar geoengineering
On an April day, the founder of a U.S. startup called Make Sunsets stood outside a camper van in Mexico’s Baja California and released two weather balloons containing sulfur dioxide into the air, letting them float towards the stratosphere.
Entrepreneur Luke Iseman said the sulfur dioxide in the balloons would deflect sunlight and cool the atmosphere, a controversial climate strategy known as solar geoengineering. Mexico said the launch violated its national sovereignty.
The unauthorized release set off a series of responses that could set the rules for future study of geoengineering, especially by private companies, in Mexico and around the world.
The Mexican government told Reuters it is now actively drafting “new regulations and standards” to prohibit solar geoengineering inside the country and plans to rally other countries to ban the climate strategy, a senior government official told Reuters.
Mexico's current actions and plans to discuss geoengineering bans with other countries have not been previously reported.
Final report of the UN-mandated Libya inquiry
UN-mandated fact-finding mission on Libya gives a press conference on its final report on alleged human rights violations.
NETHERLANDS-GERMANY/ (PIX) (TV)
Scholz travels to Netherlands for German-Dutch govt consultations
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz travels to the Netherlands to meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for German-Dutch government consultations.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
EXPLAINER-Who brought the bullet that killed 'Rust" cinematographer?
Six Colt .45 caliber live rounds, including one that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, were found on the New Mexico set of Western "Rust" in October 2021.
A key unanswered question in the case is who brought the live rounds onto the production.
UK paper group's bid to throw out Prince Harry, others' privacy lawsuits
The publisher of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper will ask London's High Court to dismiss lawsuits brought by Prince Harry, singer Elton John and others alleging phone-tapping and other breaches of privacy.
The four-day hearing will also consider cases brought by actresses Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, Elton John's husband David Furnish, Doreen Lawrence - the mother of Black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993 - and former Liberal Democrat lawmaker Simon Hughes.
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
Myanmar marks Armed Forces Day with military parade
Myanmar troops march in a parade to mark the Armed Forced Day, a celebration of the 78th anniversary of the founding of its national army during World War Two to fight against the Japanese invasion.
Myanmar's junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup in 2021, is expected to deliver a speech to mark the occasion.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
Global Wind Energy Council annual report
Annual report by the GWEC on challenges facing the wind power sector
HUNGARY-WEDDINGS/ (PIX) (TV)
Love is lost as EU’s highest marriage and inflation rates collide
Surging inflation, which is pushing up costs and eroding the value of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's lavish family support measures, is taking the steam out of Hungary's red-hot wedding market.
The number of weddings plunged to its lowest level in nine years in January, with more Hungarians tying the knot even during the height of the COVID lockdowns in 2020.
Rock Tech Lithium begins construction of Europe's first lithium hydroxide converter
Canadian-German company Rock-Tech Lithium breaks ground on construction of a converter plant in the eastern German town of Guben.
The CTO of Mercedes-Benz, who have signed a major offtake agreement with the converter, and local economy minister Joerg Steinbach will attend.
REUTERS NEWSMAKER - Interview with Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna
REUTERS NEWSMAKER - Live broadcast interview with Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna.
With a market capitalisation of 50 billion euros, Ferrari is one of the world's best-known luxury sports carmakers and was rated by Brand Finance last year as Europe's strongest marque.
Vigna, who took Ferrari's helm in 2021 after 26 years at chipmaker STMicroelectronics, is steering the group into a new era of cleaner and electric mobility while maintaining exclusivity and technological leadership.
Lisa Jucca, European Business Editor for Reuters Breakingviews, will discuss with him the opportunities of expanding the Italian brand's appeal in new markets and the challenges of navigating supply chain and trade risks in a shifting geopolitical environment.
Carnival Corp Q1 2023 Earnings
Carnival Corp is expected to post a rise in first-quarter revenue helped by a rebound in demand for cruise travel and strong on-board spending.
Investors will look out for comments on the impact of inflationary pressures on consumers, higher fuel prices and occupancy levels.
Sandy Hook families seek third Alex Jones defamation trial
The parents of a six-year-old killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre will ask a U.S. bankruptcy judge on Monday to allow them to proceed to trial against right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who claimed for years that the shooting was a hoax.
The trial, if allowed, would be the third defamation trial faced by Jones and his company Free Speech Systems, after two previous trials resulted in more than $1.5 billion in judgments against Jones.
The parents, and other family members of children slain in the massacre, are also pushing back on Jones' use of small business bankruptcy rules, saying Free Speech Systems is too large and has too much debt to qualify for streamlined bankruptcy procedures meant for struggling "mom-and-pop" businesses.
CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE
Tesla faces new race bias trial after beating $137 mln verdict
A five-day jury trial will kick off in San Francisco federal court to decide how much money Tesla Inc TSLA.O must pay to a Black elevator operator after a different jury found that he was subjected to severe racial harassment while working at the electric auto maker's flagship Fremont, California assembly plant.
U.S. Supreme Court issues orders
Supreme Court releases orders in pending cases
U.S. Supreme Court hears Amgen bid to revive cholesterol drug patents
Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Amgen Inc.'s bid to revive patents on its cholesterol drug Repatha that were invalidated due to legal challenge by rivals Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi SA.
U.S. Supreme Court mulls prohibition on encouraging illegal immigration
The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a bid by President Joe Biden's administration to revive a federal law that makes it a criminal offense to encourage illegal immigration after it was struck down by a lower court as a violation of free speech rights.
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