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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

HEALTH–CORONAVIRUS/

European states add booster vaccinations, plan shots for children amid COVID surge

European countries expanded COVID-19 booster vaccinations, began plans to get shots to young children and tightened some curbs on Thursday as the continent battled a surge in coronavirus cases and concerns about its economic fallout.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-VARIANT

UK raises alarm over new COVID variant which could beat vaccines

Britain on Thursday said it was concerned by a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa that might make vaccines less effective, and slapped travel restrictions on six African countries.

U.S.

USA-THANKSGIVING/

Thanksgiving traditions return to U.S.: Football, family and parades

Americans flocked to parades, packed football stadiums and gathered more freely for family feasts on Thursday, grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving Day traditions again after the pandemic kept many at home last year.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-BOOSTERS

Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidays

Millions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection.

BUSINESS

TELECOM ITALIA-M&A/BOARD

Telecom Italia CEO ready to step aside to speed decision on KKR offer -sources

Telecom Italia CEO Luigi Gubitosi has told its board that he is ready to step aside if that would help speed up a decision on a takeover approach by U.S. private equity group KKR, sources told Reuters on Thursday.

CANADA-FIGHTERJETS/

Canada tells Boeing its bid for C$19 bln fighter jet contract falls short – source

In a surprise move, Canada has told Boeing Co that its contender for a multi-billion dollar fighter jet contract does not meet the required standard, a defense source said on Thursday.

ENTERTAINMENT

SOCCER-MARADONA/ANNIVERSARY

‘Diego lives on’: Argentines pray for Maradona on anniversary of his death

Fans and family of Diego Maradona in Argentina and around the world gathered on Thursday to remember and pray for the troubled soccer star on the first anniversary of his death.

FRANCE-LITERATURE/VARGAS

Not too old: French Academy admits Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa

The French Academy, the prestigious institution that shapes the standards of the French language, said on Thursday it will admit Peruvian writer and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa as a new member, although he is 10 years older than its statutes allow and has never written a book in French.

SPORTS

SOCCER-ENGLAND-MUN/RANGNICK

Rangnick set to be named Manchester United interim manager – reports

Manchester United are close to appointing Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager on a six-month contract following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to multiple reports in the British media.

OLYMPICS-2020-ATH/

Women faced 87% of social media abuse in World Athletics Tokyo Games study

Women were the target of 87% of the social media abuse that a sample of athletes faced during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to a World Athletics study published on Thursday.

UPCOMING

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

HONDURAS-ELECTION/ASFURA (PIX) (TV)

Honduran ruling party hopeful Asfura faces uphill climb

If he is to extend the conservative National Party’s streak in power, Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry “Tito” Asfura must overcome the unpopularity of an outgoing president dogged by allegations he took bribes from drug traffickers, a unified opposition and a deep economic slump.

26 Nov

BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX)

Brexit negotiations between Frost and Sefcovic

Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost and European Commission Vice President Šefčovič meet in London for talks.

26 Nov

RUSSIA-MINE/MOURNING (TV)

Russia’s Kemerovo region mourns those killed in deadly mining accident

Russia’s Kemerovo region mourns those killed in deadly mining accident where at least 11 people were killed and dozens remained unaccounted for on Thursday.

26 Nov

PHILIPPINES-ELECTION/

Philippines election commission hears disqualification case against Marcos Jr.

The Commission on Elections holds a preliminary hearing on petition to disqualify son of Philippines late dictator Ferdinand Marcos from presidential race

26 Nov

BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX) (TV)

Brexit negotiations between Frost and Sefcovic

Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost and European Commission Vice President Šefčovič meet in London for talks.

26 Nov

HONDURAS-ELECTION/CHINA-TAIWAN

Geopolitics choice faces Honduras as it weighs Taiwan, China ties

Honduras may formally embrace China and deemphasize ties to rival Taiwan depending on the outcome of Sunday’s election, in the latest geopolitical flashpoint between the two Asian powers, even if the switch might cause some angst in the United States.

26 Nov

ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN/RUSSIA (PIX) (TV)

Putin meets leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets leaders of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev Azerbaijan in Sochi.

26 Nov

EUROPE-MIGRANTS/BELARUS-POLAND-SMUGGLING (TV)

On Polish-Belarus border, migrants feel cheated by people smugglers

Migrants on the Polish-Belarus border say they feel cheated by people smugglers, as prices rise and more and more people find themselves trapped on the frontier.

26 Nov

MYANMAR-POLITICS/ (PIX)

Myanmar’s ruling military council holds regular news conference

A spokesman for Myanmar’s military government holds regular televised news conference

26 Nov 01:30 ET / 06:30 GMT

ITALY-FRANCE/TREATY (PIX) (TV)

Macron, Draghi sign bilateral treaty to strengthen French-Italian ties

Italian and French leaders Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron sign a treaty to pave the way for deeper defense, security, trade and economic cooperation between the two nations.

26 Nov 02:30 ET / 07:30 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BELGIUM (TV)

Belgian government meets to discuss tightening COVID-19 restrictions

The Belgian government meets in Brussels to discuss a tightening of COVID-19 restrictions as the number of daily cases of infections and people in hospitals continue to rise.

26 Nov 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

ITALY-FRANCE/ (PIX) (TV)

Macron, Draghi statement after signing bilateral treaty aimed at shifting EU power balance

Italian and French leaders Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron give a joint statement after signing an accord to try to tilt the balance of power in Europe after the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Treaty will pave the way for deeper defense and security, trade and economic cooperation.

26 Nov 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT

CZECH-GOVERNMENT/ (PIX)

Czech president appoints Petr Fiala as new prime minister

Czech President Milos Zeman plans to appoint centre-right election winner Petr Fiala as new prime minister. A full cabinet and transfer of power from the outgoing administration of Andrej Babis is expected about 10 days later.

26 Nov 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

BRITAIN-EU/FRANCE-FISHING (PIX) (TV)

French fishermen to block Eurotunnel in protest over post-Brexit fishing licences

French fishermen are expected to block the port of Calais and then the Eurotunnel, one of Europe’s busiest routeways linking Britain to the continent, in protest over London’s policy regarding post-Brexit fishing rights.

26 Nov 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

ASIA-EUROPE/ (TV)

News conference after Asia-Europe (ASEM) virtual meeting ends

Closing statement of the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Meeting followed by the joint news conference with Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Russia Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Janša, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha.

26 Nov 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/TRAVEL-BTS (PIX) (TV)

Die-hard S.Korean fans travel for first BTS live concerts of pandemic in U.S.

Double vaccinated and with negative Covid test results in hand, die-hard local fans of the South Korean idol group BTS are flying to Los Angeles this week for the pop group’s first in-person concerts since the pandemic.

26 Nov

SOMALIA-FILM/ (PIX) (TV)

As cinema returns to Somalia, upcoming film Ayaanle rides the wave

In the new film Ayaanle, a Somali man living in a poor neighbourhood in Nairobi dreams of a breakthrough role that will take him to Hollywood, but grows frustrated when he is only ever cast as a pirate or terrorist. “I only have two lines,” the character – whose name, Ayaanle, is also the film’s title – complains bitterly. “‘I kill you’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’.”

26 Nov 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

TRADE-WTO/ (TV)

WTO eyes landmark fishing deal as sign of own vitality

The World Trade Organization will seek next week to forge a deal designed to save global fish stocks at its first major meeting in four years, but it arguably needs a deal as much as the fish.

26 Nov

RETAIL-HOLIDAYSHOPPING/BLACK FRIDAY (PIX) (TV)

Retailers roll out deals for Black Friday

Retailers compete for shoppers and try to maintain margins on one of the biggest shopping days of the year, the unofficial kickoff of holiday gift buying.

26 Nov

KYRGYZSTAN-COAL/ (PIX) (TV)

Kyrgyz govt hands out cheap coal amid energy crunch

Kyrgyzstan’s government is urging households to use coal – which it sells at reduced prices – to heat their homes amid an energy crunch and ahead of a parliamentary election.

26 Nov

RUSSIA-MOLDOVA/ENERGY-GAZPROM

Deadline set by Gazprom for Moldova to start payments for gas expires

A deadline which was set by Russia’s Gazprom for Moldova to start payments for gas supplies expires

26 Nov

RETAIL-HOLIDAYSHOPPING/BRITAIN (PIX)

Shortages cast shadow over Britain’s Black Friday

Britain’s retailers are hoping Black Friday discount day will get shoppers spending, though it takes place against a backdrop of shortages of both products and drivers to deliver them.

26 Nov 02:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

TAIWAN-ECONOMY/GDP (PIX)

Taiwan releases revised Q3 GDP figures

Government will also release revised full year gdp forecast.

26 Nov 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT

IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA

IAEA’s Board of Governors holds quarterly meeting

The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation Board of Governors holds a quarterly meeting, with Iran and North Korea on the agenda.

26 Nov 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE

LEBANON-CRISIS/HEZBOLLAH (PIX) (TV)

Lebanon Hezbollah chief Nasrallah gives televised speech

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to give televised speech at eight thirty pm local time.

26 Nov

SPORTS

SOCCER-ITALY-JUV-ATT/PREVIEW

Soccer – Italy – Serie A – Juventus news conference

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri holds a news conference ahead of his side’s clash with Atalanta in Serie A

26 Nov

SOCCER-ITALY-VZN-INT/PREVIEW

Soccer – Italy – Serie A – Inter Milan news conference

Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi holds a news conference ahead of his side’s clash with Venezia in Serie A

26 Nov

OLYMPICS-2022/PROTESTS (PIX) (TV)

Protesters will gather outside and mock funeral for the IOC

Protesters will gather outside the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland to hold a mock funeral for the IOC. Participants will express the hope that the IOC can be reborn as something better. The protest is part of the No Beijing 2022 campaign, a coalition of over 180 rights groups that are calling for a boycott of Beijing 2022.

26 Nov 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

TURKEY-SECURITY/KAVALA-PROFILE

NEWSMAKER-Osman Kavala, jailed philanthropist at heart of Turkey’s standoff with West

Philanthropist Osman Kavala, dragged into a tense diplomatic row between Ankara and the West last month, played a major role in the development of Turkey’s civil society before being jailed in 2017 on a charge of seeking to overthrow the government.

26 Nov

TURKEY-SECURITY/GEZI

Turkish court holds hearing in trial of philanthropist Kavala, others over 2013 protests

A Turkish court holds a hearing in the trial of philanthropist Osman Kavala and others over nationwide protests in 2013. All of the defendants were previously acquitted of various charges directed at them in relation to the protests but the rulings were overturned this year.

26 Nov 02:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

PEOPLE-NYGARD/

Canadian designer Peter Nygard appears in court on sexual assault charges

Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 26 on sexual assault charges for events that allegedly took place between 1987 and 2006.

26 Nov 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/GERMANY (PIX) (TV)

Acting German Health Minister speaks on all-time high of COVID-19 cases

Acting German Health Minister Jens Spahn and the head of Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, Lothar Wieler speak to reporters

26 Nov 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

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