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Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m SGT/ 10 p.m. GMT. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning or on Media Express http://mediaexpress.reuters.com/planning-tools/calendar.

TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

SYRIA-CRISIS-JORDAN-BORDER

Syrian military chief makes rare visit to Jordan to discuss border issues

Syria's defence minister visited Jordan on Sunday to discuss stability on their mutual border, the first such meeting since the Syrian conflict erupted a decade ago, officials said.

RUSSIA-ELECTION

Russia's ruling pro-Putin party wins election but loses some ground - early results

Russia's ruling United Russia party was on course to secure a comfortable victory in a three-day parliamentary election despite losing some ground to its opponents, early results and an exit poll showed on Sunday.

UN-ASSEMBLY

World leaders return to U.N. with focus on pandemic, climate

World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering.

U.S.

USA-IMMIGRATION-BORDER

Migrants flown out of Texas border city after thousands cross Rio Grande

U.S. authorities have moved 3,300 migrants in the last two days from a Texas border city where thousands of mostly Haitians had gathered under a bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico, officials said on Sunday.

USA-BIDEN-INFRASTRUCTURE-CONGRESS

Senior House Democrats concede likely scale-back of $3.5 trillion Biden spending bill

Senior Democrats said on Sunday that they will likely need to scale back President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion social spending bill while passage of the linked bipartisan infrastructure bill may slip past a Sept. 27 deadline.

USA-TEXAS-BETO

Beto plans Texas comeback in governor's race -Axios

Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, a move that would pit a high-profile Democratic challenger against the current Republican leader of the state, Axios reported on Sunday.

USA-CRASH-TEXAS

Military aircraft crashes into Texas residential area

A military training aircraft crashed on Sunday in a residential neighborhood of Lake Worth, Texas, injuring at least two and damaging homes, authorities said.

BUSINESS

USA-DEBT-YELLEN

U.S. Treasury's Yellen: Debt default would 'permanently' weaken America

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a fresh plea for Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling on Sunday, arguing a default on U.S. debt would trigger a historic financial crisis.

INDIA-MASTERCARD

Exclusive: U.S. trade official called India's Mastercard ban 'draconian' – emails

A senior U.S. trade official privately criticised India's July decision to ban Mastercard Inc from issuing new cards, calling it a "draconian" move that caused "panic", according to U.S. government emails seen by Reuters.

ENTERTAINMENT

AWARDS-EMMYS

Royals, underdogs, friends and Baby Yoda - it's time for the Emmys

Lavish royal series "The Crown" is expected to reign at television's second pandemic era Emmy Awards on Sunday on what could be a big night for British talent.

SPORTS

FOOTBALL-NFL

NFL-Injuries cloud Week 2 action as four quarterbacks leave hurt

Four starting National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks departed their respective games on Sunday in an injury-riddled afternoon across the Week 2 schedule.

BASEBALL-MLB-PIT-KRANICK

Pirates recall Max Kranick, place Bryse Wilson on 10-day IL

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled righthanded pitcher Max Kranick from Triple-A Indianapolis and will start him against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

BASEBALL-MLB-ROUNDUP

MLB roundup: Cardinals rally past Padres, widen wild-card lead

Tyler O'Neill hit a two-run homer to rally the St. Louis Cardinals past the visiting San Diego Padres 3-2 Saturday for their seventh straight victory.

UPCOMING

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

AWARDS-EMMYS/ (PIX) (TV)

Royals, underdogs, friends and Baby Yoda - it's time for the Emmys

Lavish royal series "The Crown" and comedy "Ted Lasso" are expected to reign at television's second pandemic era Emmy Awards on Sunday on what could be a big night for British talent.

19 Sep 18:00 ET / 22:00 GMT

AWARDS-EMMYS/THE CROWN (PIX) (TV)

'The Crown' cast gathers in London for the Emmy Awards

Cast members from the 'The Crown' attend a London watch party for the Emmy awards, where the royal series focused on Prince Charles and Princess Diana got 24 Emmy nominations

19 Sep 19:30 ET / 23:30 GMT

AWARDS-EMMYS/THE CROWN (PIX) (TV)

'The Crown' cast gathers in London for the Emmy Awards

Cast members from the 'The Crown' attend a London watch party for the Emmy awards, where the royal series focused on Prince Charles and Princess Diana got 24 Emmy nominations

20 Sep 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS-CHINA/ (PIX) (TV)

Universal Studios opens theme park in Beijing

Universal Beijing Resort, opens its doors to the general public after a several months delay due to the pandemic. The theme park, Universal Studios' fifth to open in the world, features several "all new attractions along with the best Universal rides, shows and attractions from around the world" according to the resort's official website.

20 Sep

AWARDS-EMMYS/TED LASSO

From 'Believe' to biscuits, Ted Lasso turns on the charm

Breakout hit comedy "Ted Lasso" has charmed viewers and Emmy voters with its folksy charm and unflagging optimism, spurring countless memes, recipes for the show's home-made English biscuits, and fascination with its words of wisdom.

19 Sep 00:00 ET / 04:00 GMT

AWARDS-EMMYS/SHOW

Emmy Awards scaled back for second year

Color story on the look of the scaled back Emmy Awards in the second year of pandemic restrictions

19 Sep 00:00 ET / 04:00 GMT

AWARDS-EMMYS/STREAMING (PIX) (TV)

Netflix and Apple hope to clinch major Emmy awards

Streaming platforms Netflix and Apple TV+ hope to clinch their first big Emmy awards with best drama contender 'The Crown" and best comedy series nominee "Ted Lasso"

19 Sep 01:00 ET / 05:00 GMT

AWARDS-EMMYS/WINNERS

Key winners at the 2021 Emmy Awards

Factbox style list of key winners at the Emmy Awards for the best of television

19 Sep 01:00 ET / 05:00 GMT

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

RUSSIA-ELECTION/PUTIN (PIX) (TV)

Putin discusses parliamentary vote with head of central election commission

Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses parliamentary election via video link with Ella Pamfilova, the head of Central Election Commission.

20 Sep

PALESTINIANS-ARTIST/BALLET (PIX) (TV)

Gaza artist mixes beauty with pain in her ballet paintings

Palestinian artist Abeer Jebril uses painting knives to draw dark-coloured portraits of ballerinas to bring attention to social and political problems women face in Gaza.

20 Sep

USA-POLITICS/FUNDRAISING

U.S. political parties to detail their finances ahead of 2022 elections

The Democratic and Republican parties will each disclose how much money they had in the bank at the end of August as they prepare for 2022 congressional elections that will be key for the future of President Joe Biden's agenda.

20 Sep

LEBANON-CRISIS/PARLIAMENT (PIX) (TV)

Lebanon parliament to vote on new gov't policy programme

Lebanon's parliament meets at 11 am Beirut local time to discuss the new cabinet's policy programme and conduct a vote of confidence.

20 Sep

APEC-NEWZEALAND/

APEC 2021 Woman in Economy Forum

New Zealand hosts Woman in Economy Forum as part of the APEC 2021 in Auckland.

20 Sep

MYANMAR-POLITICS/SUUKYI (PIX) (TV)

Myanmar's ex leader Suu Kyi due in court over coronavirus breaches

Myanmar's detailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to make an appearance in court over charges she and the ousted president fell foul of a disaster management law by breaching coronavirus protocols during campaigning for last year's election, the result of which was voided by the military when it seized power in February. Suu Kyi is charged with a slew of offences in two courts and is being held in a secret location.

20 Sep

HUNGARY-ORBAN/ (PIX)

Prime Minister Viktor Orban to address parliament

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to address lawmakers about the government's agenda at the inaugural autumn session of parliament.

20 Sep

GERMANY-ELECTION/MERKEL-WOMEN (PIX) (TV)

Germany's reluctant feminist: Angela Merkel, leaves office after 16 years manning the helm

Germany's reluctant feminist, Angela Merkel, leaves office after 16 years manning the helm. She became a feminist icon after 16 years in power even though the world's most powerful woman has only belatedly accepted that label as she prepares to step down and has admitted gender equality is still far off.

20 Sep 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

USA-CONGRESS/

U.S. Congress back to tackle infrastructure, spending, debt ceiling

The U.S. Congress returns from summer break on Monday and faces a packed two weeks, with the House of Representatives due to vote on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that is a top priority of President Joe Biden, both chambers negotiating the details of a massive $3.5 trillion budget that would dramatically step up social spending and facing the nation's looming debt ceiling.

20 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

CLIMATE-CHANGE/UN (PIX) (TV)

U.N. chief, UK PM convene small leaders meeting on climate change

A small group of world leaders will meet at the United Nations to discuss combating climate change ahead of a critical U.N. COP26 climate change conference next month. The closed roundtable meeting is being convened by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders in New York.

20 Sep 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA-USA

U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm holds news conference

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm holds a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's General Conference, its annual meeting of member states.

20 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

HEALTH–CORONAVIRUS/UN (PIX)

U.S. Ambassador to U.N. to get COVID-19 test at NYC van outside United Nations

U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield to get COVID-19 test at New York City van outside United Nations as a slimmed down version of the annual gathering of world leaders gets underway. New York City is providing free COVID-19 testing and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone attending the U.N. General Assembly.

20 Sep 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-BOOSTERS

Regulators expected to OK Pfizer boosters for older Americans this week

U.S. regulators are expected to authorize a third booster shot of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SA COVID-19 vaccine for older and some high-risk Americans early this week, ahead of a planned roll out by Friday.

20 Sep

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

KENYA-JUSTICE/ (PIX)

Kenya court to rule on whether police have case to answer in killing

A Kenyan judge will rule on whether four police officers and a civilian have a case to answer in the killing of a human rights lawyer, his client and driver five years ago. The case has gripped Kenyans, who see it as a litmus test of accountability for the country's security services. Kenyan police frequently face accusations of brutality and extrajudicial killings from civilians and rights groups, but officers are rarely charged and almost never convicted.

20 Sep 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

RWANDA-POLITICS/ (PIX) (TV)

Court to deliver judgement in case against 'Hotel Rwanda' hero

A Rwandan court will deliver its verdict in a case against Paul Rusesabagina, depicted as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the country's 1994 genocide, but now being tried on terrorism charges. Rusesabagina says he was tricked by government agents into returning to Rwanda from abroad last year.

20 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

MASSACHUSETTS-CRIME/MAYOR-CORREIA

Former Massachusetts mayor to be sentenced for fraud, extortion

A former Massachusetts mayor first elected at the age of 23 is slated to be sentenced after being convicted of defrauding investors in a smartphone app company and extorting money from local marijuana businesses. Jurors found former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia guilty on most counts he faced including wire fraud, filing false tax returns and extortion, in what was the first high-profile federal trial in Boston since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

20 Sep 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

USA-FED/FORECASTS (GRAPHIC)

Fed to reveal new projections with investors on alert for rate liftoff timing

U.S. Federal Reserve officials will lay bare how soon and how often they think the economy will need interest rates rises over the next three years when they release latest forecasts at their policy meeting on Wednesday, with investors on alert for a faster pace of tightening.

20 Sep 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

RELIGION

HAITI-FUNERALS/ (PIX)

Wider Image - In Haiti, festive wakes and Voodoo undertakers help mourners say their last goodbyes

A festive wake and a lavish funeral with a display of dramatic emotions and fanfare bands – these are just some of Haiti's death rites, which, like its weddings, are often extravagant social events despite the country's poverty. The rites are viewed as important to guarantee a safe passage to the afterworld – with cremations and organ donations rare because the deceased are deemed still to need their bodies - but also a way to mark one's social standing. Traditions from the Afro-Caribbean religion Voodoo are often mixed with Christian ones. Voodoo undertakers - called croque-mort ('dead-biter' in French) - prescribe what families need to place in the coffins in order to assure a safe journey and ensure the dead are not turned into zombies.

20 Sep 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT