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REUTERS NEWS SCHEDULE AT 6 a.m. GMT/2 p.m. SGT

·11 min read

Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m. GMT/2 p.m. SGT. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.

TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

JAPAN-ELECTION/

Japan dissolves parliament, setting stage for general election

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan dissolved its parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposition in a battle over who can better fix the pandemic-battered economy.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AUSTRALIA

Melbourne set for COVID lockdown exit despite record cases as vaccinations spike

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Melbourne will exit months of COVID-19 lockdown next week helped by a faster-than-expected vaccine uptake, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday, ahead of schedule even though daily infections hit a record the same day.

U.S.

USA-TRADE/EU-STEEL

U.S. hopeful of reaching deal with EU on metals tariffs by end-October -source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is hopeful it can resolve its trade dispute with the European Union over tariffs on steel and aluminum before the end of October, a source familiar with the discussions said on Wednesday.

IRAN-NUCLEAR/USA

U.S., EU, Israel adopt tough tone on Iran, mull options

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - U.S., Israeli and EU officials took a tough line toward Iran on Wednesday, with U.S. officials saying they would consider all options if Tehran failed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and Israel saying it reserved the right to act.

BUSINESS

TSMC-RESULTS/

Taiwan's TSMC posts 13.8% rise in Q3 profit on global chip demand surge

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan chip giant TSMC posted a 13.8% rise in quarterly net profit on Thursday, boosted by a surge in global demand for semiconductors for smartphones and laptops during the COVID-19 pandemic amid a supply shortage.

CHINA EVERGRANDE-DEBT/

China property shares slide as Evergrande crisis reverberates

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shares of Chinese real estate firms fell further on Thursday as investors fretted about a debt crisis rippling through developers including China Evergrande Group, a day after the sector was hit with fresh rating downgrades.

ENTERTAINMENT

BRITAIN-ROYALS/WILLIAM

UK's Prince William says great minds should focus on saving Earth not space travel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the billionaires embroiled in a space tourism race, saying the world's greatest brains should instead be focused on solving the environmental problems facing the Earth.

FILM-HALLOWEEN KILLS/PREMIERE

Jamie Lee Curtis channels mum's 'Psycho' character at 'Halloween Kills' premiere

"Halloween Kills" actor Jamie Lee Curtis channelled her mother Janet Leigh's iconic character in "Psycho" at the costume party premiere of the film in Hollywood this week.

SPORTS

TENNIS-INDIANWELLS/

Medvedev sent packing in fourth round of Indian Wells

Daniil Medvedev was knocked out in the fourth round of Indian Wells by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as the world number two's near-flawless start turned nightmarish in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 defeat.

USA-GYMNASTICS/NASSAR

Gymnastics-US Olympic Committee defends handling of Nassar case

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has defended its handling of the Larry Nassar case after several top gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse under the former team doctor's care sent a letter to Congress calling for the USOPC board to be dissolved.

UPCOMING

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

CLIMATE-CHANGE/IRAQ-MARSHES (PIX) (TV)

Wider Image - "Our whole life depends on water" climate change, pollution and dams threaten Iraq's Marsh Arabs

As the sun quickly rises over the maze of reeds in Iraq’s Chabayesh marshes, the thick silence is broken only by the occasional moaning of water buffaloes scattered on parched islands dotting the marsh, and the buzzing sound of traditional wooden canoes nowadays powered by small engines.

14 Oct 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/INDONESIA-BALI (PIX) (TV)

"No flight, no tourists" as Indonesia's Bali reopen to foreigners

Indonesia is scheduled to reopens its tourist island Bali for some international travellers, including those from China, New Zealand, and Japan, among others, with five days of quarantine initially. However, there are no confirmed international flights flying into Ngurah Rai International Airport or quarantine booking into hotels on October 14 - the day when Bali reopens.

14 Oct 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

SPACE-EXPLORATION/CHINA-SHENZHOU (PIX) (TV)

China to brief press on Shenzhou-13 mission to space station

China will hold a media briefing ahead of the launch of the Shenzhou-13 mission from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, and introduce the crew of the mission to reporters. China will launch its second crewed space mission to help build its new space station.

14 Oct 07:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AFRICA (PIX)

WHO, Africa CDC to provide updates on COVID-19 pandemic

Experts from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization will hold online media briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

14 Oct 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-NEW YORK

U.S. appeals court to consider religious exemptions to New York's COVID vaccine mandate

A U.S. appeals court will hear arguments by New York healthcare workers who seek to block the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate because it does not allow for exemptions for religious beliefs. The case will help determine the limits of government requirements for COVID vaccines as a tool for containing the pandemic.

14 Oct 13:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

AUTOS-SCOOTERS/OUTLOOK (PIX)

After Wild West start, scooter providers chase scale to survive

The era of breakneck expansion for electric scooter firms has given way to a search for scale and higher profits as they face tougher regulations, more demanding customers and wary insurers.

14 Oct 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

GREENLAND-MINING/ (PIX) (TV)

Moon dust: Greenland's recipe for saving planet earth

Greenland has become a hot prospect for miners looking for everything from copper and titanium to platinum and rare earths, but its government wants to proceed cautiously on mining. It now faces questions over how it plans to grow its tiny economy, still relying on grants from Denmark, to fulfill its vision of independence.

14 Oct 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-WORKPLACE (PIX)

Religious groups mobilize to help workers get exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates

From the outside, First Harvest Ministries in Waveland, Mississippi appears to be an inconsequential, windowless church with a couple dozen parking spaces that could be mistaken for a storage shed if it weren't for the steeple.

14 Oct 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

MORGAN STANLEY-RESULTS/

Morgan Stanley reports third quarter earnings

Morgan Stanley is expected to report third quarter profits rose on strong trading and capital markets activity. The bank is also expected to update on the integration of its recently acquired E*Trade and Eaton Vance businesses and the outlook for 2022.

14 Oct 11:30 ET / 11:30 GMT

CITIGROUP-RESULTS/

Citigroup reports third-quarter results

Citigroup Inc, the third largest U.S. bank by assets, will report third-quarter financial results and give its views on the economic recovery from the pandemic.

14 Oct 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

CHINA-XI/

Chinese President Xi to speak on Sustainable Transport

Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech via video link at the opening ceremony of the second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Beijing.

14 Oct 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

USA-FED/BULLARD

St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President Bullard participates in post-COVID monetary environment discussion

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard participates in introductory exchange of views on the post-COVID monetary and financial environment before "Euro 50 Group Webinar: Coping with the Legacy of the COVID-19 Crisis."

14 Oct 12:35 ET / 12:35 GMT

USA-FED/BOSTIC

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Bostic speaks to National Black MBA Association

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic speaks and participates in moderated question-and-answer session before virtual "Candid Conversations" event hosted by the National Black MBA Association.

14 Oct 13:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

TRADE-USA/ (PIX) (TV)

US Trade Rep Katherine Tai addresses Graduate Institute in Geneva

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to deliver remarks at the Geneva Graduate Institute with a focus on the role of the World Trade Organization in the global economy and U.S. policy priorities ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference.

14 Oct 13:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

USA-FED/BOSTIC

(Virtual, pre-recorded) Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Bostic speaks on "Rebuilding for All"

(VIRTUAL, PRE-RECORDED) Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic participates in "Rebuilding for All" panel before the 2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit presented by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute.

14 Oct 13:45 ET / 13:45 GMT

RUSSIA-MICHELIN/GUIDE (PIX) (TV)

First Michelin guide featuring Moscow cafes and restaurants unveiled

First Moscow Michelin guide unveiled making Russia world's 33rd country where the guide - revered as the bible of gastronomy - is published.

14 Oct 14:30 ET / 14:30 GMT

USA-FED/DALY

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Daly participates in small business credit conference

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daly gives introductory speech and closing remarks before "Equitable Access to Small Business Credit" conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

14 Oct 17:00 ET / 17:00 GMT

USA-FED/BARKIN

Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Barkin speaks to Forecasters Club of New York

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin speaks on "Talking About Outcomes" before the Forecasters Club of New York, in New York.

14 Oct 17:00 ET / 17:00 GMT

USA-FED/HARKER

Philadelphia Fed's Harker speaks virtually to Prosperity Caucus

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook virtually before the Prosperity Caucus.

14 Oct 22:00 ET / 22:00 GMT

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

SAFRICA-ZUMA/ (PIX) (TV)

Zuma supporters call prayer meeting for former South African president

Supporters of former South African president Jacob Zuma have called a "National Welcome Prayer" meeting for Thursday, in Zuma's home province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is not clear whether Zuma will attend. Zuma, who has been hospitalised since undergoing surgery in August for an undisclosed medical ailment, was recently granted medical parole after serving a fraction of a 15-month jail term for contempt of court.

14 Oct 08:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

SPAIN-GERMANY/ (PIX) (TV)

German chancellor Merkel awarded in Spain

Chancellor Angela Merkel will be awarded the Carlos V prize in monastery Yuste accompanied by Spain's King Felipe and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The prize is offered by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, which has decided to award Merkel in "recognition of her long political career in the service of Europe".

14 Oct 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

EUROPE-MIGRANTS/BOSNIA (PIX) (TV)

Afghan migrants hope to enter EU despite border violence, push-backs

Hundreds of Afghan migrants are stranded in Bosnia hoping to enter the wealthy European Union bloc despite police violence and push-backs on the borders.

14 Oct 12:30 ET / 12:30 GMT

GEORGIA-POLITICS/PROTESTS (TV)

Georgian opposition demands release of jailed ex president Saakashvili

Georgian opposition calls for country-wide protests demanding release of jailed ex president Mikheil Saakashvili who was arrested upon arrival into the country.

14 Oct 14:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

UN-RIGHTS/USA (TV)

United States expected to be elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

United States expected to be elected to U.N. Human Rights Council. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will vote by secret ballot to elect 18 members to the 47-member Geneva-based council.

14 Oct 14:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

IMF-WORLDBANK/CUNLIFFE (TV)

Bank of England's Cunliffe speaks at IMF meetings

Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe speaks as a panellist on central bank digital currencies on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank meetings in Washington.

14 Oct 18:00 ET / 18:00 GMT

SPAIN-POLITICS/SANCHEZ

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is interviewed on TV

Spanish Prime Minister is interviewed on La Sexta TV station.

14 Oct 21:30 ET / 21:30 GMT