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UK ‘SBS’ special forces storm tanker and detain stowaways in Channel
British special forces stormed a Greek-operated oil tanker in the English channel on Sunday to wrestle control of the vessel from seven stowaways who had threatened the crew in a suspected hijacking.
Belarus opposition prepares nationwide strike after police crackdown on protests
Exiled opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Sunday called on Belarusians to begin a nationwide strike after police forces loyal to veteran President Alexander Lukashenko fired stun grenades to disperse mass protests.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Barrett often rules for police in excessive force case
In her three years as a federal appeals court judge, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has consistently sided with police or prison guards accused of using excessive force, a Reuters review of cases she was involved in shows.
Biden blasts Trump as U.S. COVID-19 cases mount and Pence staff endures outbreak
Vice President Mike Pence forged ahead with campaigning on Sunday despite a COVID-19 outbreak among his aides and President Donald Trump claimed progress as the United States set records for daily infections, prompting Democratic challenger Joe Biden to accuse Trump of surrendering to the pandemic.
Canada’s Cenovus to buy Husky for $2.9 billion as pandemic drives oil mergers
Cenovus Energy Inc CVE.TO has agreed to buy rival Husky Energy Inc HSE.TO in an all-stock deal valued at C$3.8 billion ($2.9 billion) to create Canada’s No. 3 oil and gas producer, as a pandemic-driven collapse in demand forces the industry to consolidate.
Dunkin’ Brands discuss potential sale to Inspire Brands
Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins chains owner Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc has held preliminary discussions to be acquired by Inspire Brands, a private equity-backed restaurant company, Dunkin’ said in a statement on Sunday
Liam Neeson Thriller ‘Honest Thief’ Tops Quiet U.S. Box Office Again
Liam Neeson’s thriller “Honest Thief” repeated as the winner of a subdued domestic box office with $2.4 million at 2,502 locations.
Arnold Schwarzenegger says feeling ‘fantastic’ after heart surgery
Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday he has had heart surgery but is feeling “fantastic.”
Thomas and Rahm set for Zozo Championship showdown
World number three Justin Thomas birdied two of his final three holes to grab a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm at the Zozo Championships on Saturday and set up a final round showdown with the Spanish world number two.
Zverev beats Sinner to keeps hopes of Cologne double alive
Top seed Alexander Zverev reached his second final in the space of a week in Cologne with a clinical 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Italian wild card Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals of the bett1HULKS Championship on Saturday.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
Malaysia’s MR D.I.Y. makes stock market debut
Malaysian home improvement retailer MR D.I.Y. Group debuts on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.
26 Oct 21:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BUSINESS JETS (PIX)
Demand for business jets picks up as jetsetters avoid commercial flights during COVID-19
Wealthy passengers avoiding commercial flights during COVID-19 are helping fuel a recovery in pre-owned business jet sales, while driving early signs of demand for new corporate planes, despite a slump in 2020 deliveries, industry executives and analysts tell Reuters
Oil executives gather at Nigeria’s Oil Trading and Logistics conference
Nigeria’s primary downstream oil conference brings together business leaders from across Africa. Nigerian government officials, representatives of the country’s state oil company, and oil executives are expected to provide updates on a range of issues from fuel quality to the importation of refined products. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil exporter but imports the majority of the refined petroleum products used in the country.
HUSKY ENERGY-M&A/CENOVUS ENERGY
Canada’s oil sector hungry for more M&A after Cenovus’ bid for Husky
Cenovus Energy’s takeover of Husky Energy creates a new major Canadian-owned oil producer, joining the same tier as larger Canadian Natural Resources and Suncor Energy, lending the long-struggling oil patch greater stability in the wake of a withdrawal by foreign companies and investors. But the industry needs even more consolidation to fight the existential crisis.
Global speakers attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit
Global speakers talk on topics relating to technology, entertainment, finance, fashion, food and philanthropy during the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
Bucking global trend, Chinese consumption poised for pre-COVID-19 growth
A late-summer recovery in China’s household spending is set to broaden in the coming months and propel the next stage of the economy’s rebound, with consumers returning to theatres and restaurants and crowds hitting the road for holidays.
Super spooky: Halloween trick-or-treating amid COVID-19
On a typical Halloween, Sarah Schwimmer would answer her door and put candy in the outstretched hands of costumed trick-or-treaters, but this year she will be shooting their sweets through a 10-foot-long pipe rigged up as her COVID-19 socially distanced delivery system.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Turkey’s Erdogan hosts newly elected Northern Cyprus leader
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hosts the newly elected leader of the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus, Ersin Tatar, on his first visit abroad since winning a presidential election.
BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX) (TV)
Brexit trade talks due to continue
Trade talks between Britain and the EU are due to continue in London until Wednesday.
APEC-MALAYSIA/FINANCE (PIX) (TV)
APEC-Finance Ministers’ Meeting
Finance Ministers of APEC countries meet virtually to address regional macroeconomic and financial issues as well as domestic and regional financial policy priorities.
On the EU’s eastern border, not all refugees are equal
Poland is opening its borders to people fleeing political persecution in Belarus, but for Seda, a Chechen who was refused the opportunity to apply for asylum 16 times in 2016 and 2017, this is little comfort.
From abortion rights to ‘magic mushrooms,’ U.S. voters will decide
Besides electing candidates on Nov. 3, voters in 32 states will get to weigh in on changing a wide range of proposed laws that include elections, criminal justice, abortion rights, taxes and even whether to legalize magic mushrooms.
USA-ASIA/INDIA (PIX) (TV)
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper visit India
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will be meeting Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during their multi-country visit to Asia.
USA-HUAWEI TECH/CANADA (PIX)
Canada court hears witness testimony on 2nd branch of abuse of process in Meng extradition case
A Canadian court will hear witness testimony, relating to Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s allegation that Canadian and American authorities committed abuses of process in her arrest, as part of her extradition trial from Canada to the United States.
China’s ruling Communist Party holds key session to discuss development for 2021-2025
The Central Committee of China’s ruling Communist Party will meet from Oct. 26-29 to set out their 14th Five-Year plan, a blueprint for economic and social development between 2021 and 2025. The plan will be published at the annual parliamentary meeting next year.
BRITAIN-EU/BORDER (PIX) (TV)
‘It’ll be carnage’: British companies dread a Brexit border breakdown
Deal or no deal, British companies will have to confront a wall of bureaucracy that threatens chaos at the border if they want to sell into the world’s biggest trading bloc when life after Brexit begins on January 1.
26 Oct 03:00 ET / 07:00 GMT
TANZANIA-ELECTION/ (PIX) (TV)
Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ president hopes mega-projects impress voters
When Tanzanian President John Magufuli criss-crossed the country ahead of Wednesday’s elections, he touted the billions of dollars his government has spent on a new hydropower dam, a railway and a revived national airline. Magufuli, who is standing for a second term, promises voters his projects will turbocharge growth in East Africa’s third-largest economy - even as the private sector complains it is being made to pay too high a bill.
26 Oct 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
WTO Dispute Settlement Body meet, EU request to impose tariffs in US Boeing case on agenda
The European Union should gain formal clearance next week to impose tariffs on $4 billion of annual U.S. imports in a dispute over aircraft subsidies, at a close-door meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body .The EU won the right to retaliation in its dispute with the United States over subsidies to planemaker Boeing BA.N this month, potentially deepening a record trade spat that has already prompted Washington to slap duties on EU goods.
26 Oct 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
FACTBOX-A look at the 43 competitive races in the U.S. House of Representatives
Democrats will defend their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in November elections, in which about one in 10 of the chamber’s 435 seats will be the goal of a competitive race, according to nonpartisan tracking services. Factbox looks at the most competitive races.
26 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
GREECE-RUSSIA/TURKEY (PIX) (TV)
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to meet Greek PM, foreign minister in Athens
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to meet Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Athens. Statements to follow
26 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
Meet the ‘QAnon’ caucus: Conspiracy buffs on path to U.S. Congress
At least two Republicans who campaigned as supporters of the baseless conspiracy theory “QAnon” are likely to win seats in the House of Representatives in next week’s election. Here’s a look at the pair: Georgia businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Colorado restaurant owner Lauren Boebert.
26 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
CLIMATE-CHANGE/UN-AFRICA (PIX) (TV)
WMO launches State of the Climate in Africa report
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launches The State of the Climate in Africa 2019 report, which will provide a snapshot of climate trends, extreme weather, and associated risks and impacts in key sectors. Filipe Lucio, director of WMO’s Regional Strategic Office, and Omar Baddour, coordinator of WMO Statements on the State of the Climate will brief media on Monday at 08:00 GMT, under embargo until 12:00 GMT.
26 Oct 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Poles to protest across country against near total ban on abortion
Activists across Poland plan to protest on Monday, blocking traffic in towns and cities to express their anger after a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal introducing a nearly-total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic country. In Warsaw they also plan to protest in front of the home of the country’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.,
26 Oct 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/TASMANIA (PIX) (TV)
Border restrictions ease for Australia’s island state
The island state of Tasmania will allow people travelling from Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory who have not spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to entering the state, not to quarantine on arrival.
Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine panel official and science minister at a news conference
Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine panel official and Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena at a news conference on vaccine updates.
26 Oct 02:00 ET / 06:00 GMT
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
French Foreign Minister visits Mali transitional government
French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian visits Mali to hold talks with President Bah N’Daw and Vice President Assimi Goita as their transitional government prepares for elections within the next 18 months. The two sides will also sign agreements on development projects and give a news conference.
Japan’s military chief and U.S. Forces Japan commander speak at start of Keen Sword drills
Japan’s senior military commander, Gen Koji Yamazaki, will speak with Gen Kevin Schneider, commander of U.S. Forces Japan aboard the Kaga helicopter carrier at the start of joint drills around Japan. The show of force comes amid concern about China’s growing influence in the region.
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
Nearly 9,000 flee homes in Philippines as Molave intensifies into typhoon
Nearly 9,000 people fled their homes in the Philippines as Typhoon Molave made landfall while traversing provinces on the southern part of the main Luzon island on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, officials said.
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