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GLOBAL

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA

As COVID-hit China reopens to the world, countries put up
travel barriers

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, Jan 6 (Reuters) – With China days away
from dropping border controls that have effectively shut it off
from the rest of the world for three years, countries are lining
up to impose curbs on travellers from China to contain its
raging COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRAINE-CRISIS

Ukraine clinches U.S., German armoured vehicles, rejects
Russian truce order

KYIV/BAKHMUT, Ukraine, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Ukraine dismissed
as a trick a unilateral order by Russia for a 36-hour ceasefire
starting on Friday and the leaders of the United States and
Germany said they were sending armoured fighting vehicles in a
boost for the Kyiv government.

U.S.

USA-CONGRESS

Hardline Republicans dig in against McCarthy’s House speaker
bid

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Hardline Republicans in the
U.S. House of Representatives rejected Kevin McCarthy’s
speakership bid for an 11th time on Thursday, while his
supporters worked behind closed doors in hopes of cementing a
deal that could bring success.

USA-BIDEN/BORDER

Facing pressure over border crossings, Biden steps up
migrant expulsions

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – The United States will expand
Trump-era restrictions to rapidly expel Cuban, Nicaraguan and
Haitian migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico
border, President Joe Biden said on Thursday in his first major
speech on border security.

BUSINESS

SAMSUNG ELEC-RESULTS

Samsung’s quarterly profit sinks to 8-year low on demand
slump

SEOUL, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd flagged
on Friday its quarterly profit tumbled by two-thirds to an
eight-year low as a weakening global economy hammered memory
chip prices and curbed demand for electronic devices.

TECH-CES/STELLANTIS

Stellantis CEO warns of more auto plant closures

Chrysler parent Stellantis NV Chief Executive Officer Carlos
Tavares said on Thursday that more auto plant closures will
happen if high prices for electric vehicles (EV) cause vehicle
markets to shrink from pre-pandemic levels.

ENTERTAINMENT

BRITAIN-ROYALS/HARRY

Prince Harry’s memoir sheds light on bust-ups among British
royals

LONDON/MADRID, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry says
his older brother and heir to the throne Prince William knocked
him to the floor during a 2019 argument over Harry’s American
wife, Meghan, in his much-awaited memoir, which went on sale
days early in Spain on Thursday.

EUROPE-WEATHER/BALKANS

Warm weather leaves Balkan ski centres empty

BJELASNICA, Bosnia/BREZOVICA, Kosovo, Jan 5 (Reuters) –
Bajazit Alomerovic saw in the New Year in 2022 skiing down the
Bjelasnica slopes into the fireworks, an adrenaline boost that
made him return this year to the mountain above the Bosnian
capital Sarajevo.

SPORTS

FOOTBALL-NFL/HAMLIN

‘Who won?’: Bills’ Hamlin awake, communicating, doctors say

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin has been able to awaken
and communicate with his medical team after the safety suffered
cardiac arrest on the field during a Monday night NFL game in
Cincinnati, his doctors told reporters on Thursday.

CRICKET-TEST-AUS-ZAF

Day three of Sydney test washed out by rain

SYDNEY, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Heavy rain washed out the third
day of the already weather-disrupted third and final test
between Australia and South Africa at Sydney Cricket Ground on
Friday.

UPCOMING

RELIGION

RELIGION-EPIPHANY/BULGARIA (PIX) (TV)

Bulgarians dance in icy river in traditional Epiphany
celebration

Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha River
in the village of Kalofer as part of celebrations for the
Christian holiday of Epiphany. It is traditional for Bulgarian
Orthodox men to compete against one another to recover a
crucifix thrown into a frozen lake or river.

6 Jan 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

USA-FED/JOBS (PIX)

Fed’s ‘inclusive’ jobs promise hits reality of inflation
control

As the longest economic expansion in U.S. history rumbled
through 2019 with record low unemployment across major racial
and ethnic groups, Fed Chair Jerome Powell engineered a historic
promise that the U.S. central bank would try to maintain that
progress by giving “broad-based and inclusive” employment a
status equal if not superior to its pledge of low inflation.

6 Jan 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

USA-TIKTOK/CONSULTANTS

EXCLUSIVE-TikTok freezes hiring for U.S. security deal as
opposition mounts

TikTok has stopped a hiring process for consultants that
would help it implement a potential security agreement with the
United States, according to two people familiar with the matter,
as opposition to such a deal among U.S. officials grows.

6 Jan 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

TURKEY-ECONOMY/ERDOGAN

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan opens mosque, attends
agriculture event and wealth fund board meeting

President Tayyip Erdogan will attend the opening ceremony of
a mosque restoration project (1000 GMT). Erdogan will then
attend an agriculture themed programme in Istanbul hosted by
Turkey’s Ziraat Bank (1130 GMT) and then attend to Turkey Wealth
Fund board meeting (1500 GMT).

6 Jan 10:00 ET / 10:00 GMT

TURKEY-ECONOMY/MINISTER

Turkey’s Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati attends Ziraat
Bank’s agriculture event

Turkish Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati will attend an
event hosted by Turkey’s Ziraat Bankasi in Istanbul (1100 GMT)

6 Jan 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

INDIA-ECONOMY/GDP

Indian government will release its first advanced estimate
for 2022/23 GDP

The Indian government will release its first advanced
estimate for economic output for the current fiscal year that
ends on March 31. This is a key number as the government’s
budget, to be presented on Feb.1, will be based on this
estimate.

6 Jan 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

USA-USDA/MEATTRADE

USDA issues Livestock and Meat International Trade data for
November

6 Jan 16:00 ET / 16:00 GMT

USA-FED/COOK

Federal Reserve Gov. Cook participates in panel in New
Orleans

Federal Reserve Board Governor Lisa Cook participates in
“Inflation – What Lies Ahead” panel hosted by American Finance
Association at AEA/ASSA annual conference in New Orleans.

6 Jan 16:15 ET / 16:15 GMT

USA-FED/BOSTIC

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Bostic participates
in global economic outlook panel discussion

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic
gives welcome remarks before the Federal Reserve “Day Ahead”
Conference on Financial Markets and Institutions, in New
Orleans, La.

6 Jan 16:15 ET / 16:15 GMT

USA-FED/BARKIN

Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Barkin speaks in
Durham, N.C.

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin
speaks before the 21st Annual Economic Forecast Forum presented
by the N.C. Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association,
in Durham, N.C.

6 Jan 17:15 ET / 17:15 GMT

USA-RIGS/BAKERHUGHES (GRAPHIC)

U.S. weekly oil and gas rig count data released by Baker
Hughes

Baker Hughes releases weekly data detailing the number of
oil and gas rigs deployed in the United States & Canada.

6 Jan 18:00 ET / 18:00 GMT

USA-FED/GEORGE

Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President George speaks on
economy

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George
speaks on “The State of the Economy” before an event hosted by
Central Exchange.

6 Jan 18:00 ET / 18:00 GMT

USA-FED/BOSTIC

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Bostic participates
in global economic outlook panel discussion

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic
gives welcome remarks before the Federal Reserve “Day Ahead”
Conference on Financial Markets and Institutions, in New
Orleans, La.

6 Jan 20:30 ET / 20:30 GMT

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

NORWAY-GERMANY/

German economy minister visits Norway

Day 2 of German Economy Minister Robert Habeck’s visit to
Norway

6 Jan 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

FRANCE-POLITICS/ (PIX) (TV)

Macron visits a hospital in Paris suburb

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Centre
Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF) hospital in Evry, Paris
suburb, as the french health system is reaching crisis point

6 Jan 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

BRITAIN-CENSUS/

UK to publish census details, including sexual orientation
and gender ID

Britain will publish official census figures on Friday that
include details on sexual orientation and gender ID for the
first time.

6 Jan 09:30 ET / 09:30 GMT

USA-CONGRESS/REPUBLICANS

U.S. House brawl over McCarthy raises worries about
Republican governance

The bare-knuckle political fight among Republicans over
Kevin McCarthy’s run for speaker of the U.S. House of
Representatives could signal trouble ahead when lawmakers need
to agree on bigger issues, like addressing the nation’s debt
ceiling.

6 Jan 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

VENEZUELA-POLITICS/

ANALYSIS-Divided Venezuela opposition faces unity challenge
ahead of primary

Venezuela’s splintered opposition, which appointed new
leadership this week, faces enormous short-term challenges as it
chooses a presidential candidate and tries to maintain talks
with a less diplomatically-isolated government, lawmakers and
analysts said.

6 Jan 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

USA-EPA/SOOT

U.S. EPA tightens air standards for soot

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday will
propose tightening national ambient air quality standards
(NAAQS) for soot, or fine particulate matter, from levels last
set in 2012.

6 Jan 15:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

USA-COURT/

U.S. Supreme Court issues orders

Supreme Court issues orders and meets for conference.

6 Jan 14:30 ET / 14:30 GMT

USA-EDUCATION/CHEATING (PIX)

Former USC athletic official to be sentenced in U.S. college
scandal

A former senior associate athletic director at the
University of Southern California is slated to be sentenced
after admitting she participated in a vast fraud and bribery
scheme that allowed wealthy parents’ children to gain admission
to colleges as fake sports recruits.

6 Jan 14:30 ET / 14:30 GMT

USA-JENSHAH/SENTENCE

Reality TV star Jen Shah to be sentenced in fraud case

Jennifer Shah, onetime star of the reality TV series ‘Real
Housewives of Salt Lake City,’ is set to be sentenced after
pleading guilty to fraud in what New York federal prosecutors
described as a nationwide telemarketing scam targeting elderly
victims. The government is seeking a sentence of 10 years in
prison.

6 Jan 15:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

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