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Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 10 a.m. GMT/6 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.

TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT

Taliban take key city close to Kabul as U.S. troops arrive to assist evacuations

The Taliban pushed closer to Kabul on Saturday, capturing a key city near Afghanistan's capital as American troops flew in to help evacuate embassy personnel and other civilians.

LEBANON-CRISIS

Nobody running Lebanon, says central bank boss

Lebanon's central bank governor said nobody was running the country as he defended his decision to halt fuel subsidies that have drained currency reserves, saying the government could resolve the problem by passing necessary legislation.

U.S.

USA-BIDEN-INFRASTRUCTURE

Moderate U.S. House Democrats add to division over Biden agenda

Nine moderate Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives threatened on Friday to withhold support for a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that is one of President Joe Biden's top priorities until a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan is signed into law.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA

Mississippi hospital puts beds in parking garage to cope with COVID-19 surge

The crush of new COVID-19 infections in Mississippi has become so dire that the state has turned to efforts reminiscent of the earliest days of the U.S. pandemic, when a field hospital was set up in New York's Central Park and a medical ship was moored in the Hudson River.

BUSINESS

CHINA-IPO-REGULATION

China tightens scrutiny over IPO price-setting, punishes 19 institutions

China's securities regulators punished 19 institutional investors as authorities tighten scrutiny over price-setting behaviours under a more liberalised listing system.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-WORKPLACE

U.S. workplace regulator says vaccinated workers should wear masks

The U.S. agency that regulates workplace safety issued guidance on Friday urging employers to require many fully vaccinated workers to wear masks to protect unvaccinated colleagues and customers, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

ENTERTAINMENT

PEOPLE-TONY-BENNETT

Tony Bennett hangs up concert hat on doctor's orders

American singer Tony Bennett is stepping back from concert performances at the age of 95, his son said on Friday.

AMAZON-NEWZEALAND

Middle Earth is moving: Amazon shifts 'Lord of the Rings' filming to UK

Amazon Studios said on Friday the second season of its multi-million dollar "Lord of the Rings" television series will be filmed in the United Kingdom, moving fictional 'Middle Earth' out of New Zealand for the first time.

SPORTS

TENNIS-TORONTO-TSITSIPAS

Tsitsipas making noise in Toronto with Big Three absent

The 'Big Three' of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal all decided to sit out this week's Masters 1000 event in Toronto but Stefanos Tsitsipas has provided plenty of buzz as he stormed into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open tune-up on Friday.

UKRAINE-WRESTLING-RACISM

Ukrainian Olympic gold medallist says he was racially abused in the street

A Ukrainian wrestler who won his country's only gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last week said he was racially abused in the street on Friday on his return from the games.

UPCOMING

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

USA-OIL/EIA

POLL- U.S. crude, products inventories, weekly data released by the EIA and API

A preliminary poll on analyst expectations for weekly crude and oil product inventory data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the American Petroleum Institute. The releases are among the biggest fixtures in the weekly calendar for the energy industry and both have the potential to move global crude markets. The EIA data is released on Wednesday, and the API on Tuesday. If there is a holiday in the week prior to the release, the data is delayed by a day. The EIA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The API is a trade group.

16 Aug

AIR CANADA-CARGO/

Air Canada sees "advantage" in less-congested hubs to boost cargo

Air Canada sees opportunity in less-congested Canadian hubs to boost its cargo business, a company executive says, as soaring volumes and a lack of staff at some major U.S. airports create logjams. Freight forwarders are looking north of the border, and toward secondary U.S. airports to avoid the gridlock at gateways like Chicago O'Hare along with West Coast seaports.

16 Aug

INDIA-NISSAN/LABOUR (PIX)

Nissan's legal tussle with factory workers in India exposes business challenges -document

Scoop on Nissan's legal arbitration with factory workers in India which exposes the automaker's worsening business condition in the country. Story based on previously unreported court filings.

16 Aug

TENCENT MUSIC-RESULTS/

Tencent Music Entertainment Group Reports Second Quarter Results

Tencent Music is expected to post a rise in second-quarter revenue on higher paid subscriber additions. Investors will look for commentary around impact on business operations after China's market regulator said it would bar the company's parent firm Tencent Holdings from exclusive music copyright agreements.

16 Aug 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

ROBLOX-RESULTS/

Roblox Corp Reports Second-Quarter Results

Roblox Corp is expected to report second-quarter results. The company benefited from a surge in consumer spending for its games "Jailbreak" and "MeepCity" during the pandemic.

16 Aug 16:00 ET / 20:00 GMT

PLUS500-RESULTS/

Half Year 2021 Plus500 Ltd Earnings Release

The online trading platform will report an easing in first-half earnings versus a strong comparative, although numbers will come in better than pre-crisis levels. The company has added more clients this year compared to pre-covid levels as it benefits from the boom in retail trading in financial markets seen this year.

17 Aug

WALMART-RESULTS/

Walmart Reports Second-Quarter Results

Walmart is expected to post a rise is quarterly U.S. same store sales on the back of strong back-to-school demand for everything from apparel to backpacks. Coming off a year of robust sales due to consumers stockpiling to prepare for lockdowns, Walmart is also expected to face some margin pressure due to industry wide supply chain and labor issues. Analysts and investors will be looking out for any commentary on the impact of the Delta variant on its business as well as on the retail landscape

17 Aug 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

HOME DEPOT-RESULTS/

Q2 2021 Home Depot Inc Earnings Release

Home Depot is expected to report a rise in quarterly same-store sales boosted by demand from builders, contractors and handymen getting back to housing projects. Investors will look out for comments from the company on the state of home improvement demand from do-it-yourself consumers as the Delta variant threatens a return of some virus restrictions.

17 Aug 08:30 ET / 12:30 GMT

USA-OIL/EIA

POLL: US weekly oil and product inventories, weekly data issued by EIA, API

An extended version of the poll issued initially on Monday. The poll gives analyst forecasts on weekly crude and product inventories that are released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (part of the U.S. Department of Energy) and the American Petroleum Institute. The API is a trade group. Both are potentially market moving. The API data is released on Tuesday, the EIA data on Wednesday, unless there is a U.S. public holiday in the week prior to the release. If that is the case, then the API and EIA release is delayed a day (ie API on Wednesday and EIA on Thursday).

17 Aug 14:00 ET / 18:00 GMT

KRISPY KREME-RESULTS/

Krispy Kreme Q2 Earnings

Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme Inc is expected to post its first set of quarterly results since its market debut earlier this year. Investors will look out for its comments on inflation and current levels of demand.

17 Aug 16:00 ET / 20:00 GMT