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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-BELGIUM-PROTEST

Protest against coronavirus restrictions turns violent in

Brussels

BRUSSELS, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Police fired teargas and used

water cannons on Sunday to disperse protesters pelting

officers with cobblestones and fireworks as a demonstration

in Brussels over government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions

turned violent.

INDONESIA-VOLCANO

Indonesia Semeru volcanic eruption kills 14; dozens injured

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia Dec 5 (Reuters) – The eruption of

Semeru volcano has killed at least 14 people and injured

dozens on Java island, Indonesia’s disaster agency said on

Sunday, as rescue teams searched for victims under layers of

ash, sometimes digging with their bare hands.

U.S.

PEOPLE-BOB-DOLE

Bob Dole, war hero, longtime senator, presidential

candidate, dies at 98

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Bob Dole, who overcame

grievous World War Two combat wounds to become a pre-eminent

figure in U.S. politics as a longtime Republican senator

from Kansas and his party’s unsuccessful 1996 presidential

nominee, died on Sunday. He was 98.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-USA

Omicron variant found in nearly one-third of U.S. states

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the

coronavirus has spread to about one-third of U.S. states,

but the Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19

infections as cases rise nationwide, U.S. health officials

said on Sunday.

BUSINESS

TELECOM-ITALIA-M-A-KKR-VIVENDI

Vivendi is open to discuss with Rome over state control on

TIM’s network

MILAN, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Telecom Italia’s (TIM) top

shareholder Vivendi (VIV.PA) is open to discussing the

possibility that the Italian government wins control of

TIM’s fixed-line network, a spokesperson for the French

company said on Sunday.

RELIANCE-INDIA-RETAIL-AGENTS

Indian salesmen threaten supply disruptions in protest

against Reliance

NEW DELHI, Dec 5 (Reuters) – India’s household goods

salesmen have threatened to disrupt supplies to mom-and-pop

stores if consumer companies provide products at lower

prices to Reliance Industries (RELI.NS), according to a

letter seen by Reuters.

ENTERTAINMENT

USA-BOXOFFICE

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Leads Another Quiet Weekend at Box Office

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Variety.com) – Without any new releases

to pose a threat, Disney’s animated musical fable “Encanto”

has again notched the No. 1 spot on domestic box office

charts.

AWARDS-KENNEDYCENTER-HONORS

Tradition again: Biden celebrates Bette Midler, Joni

Mitchell at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden celebrates

artists including Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne

Michaels on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing

back presidential participation in the annual ceremony

skipped by Republican Donald Trump.

SPORTS

TENNIS-DAVISCUP

Medvedev leads Russia to third Davis Cup title

MADRID, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Russia took an unassailable 2-0

lead over Croatia in the Davis Cup final in Madrid on Sunday

to secure their third title and first in 15 years, as Daniil

Medvedev outlasted Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6(7) 6-2.

MOTOR-F1-SAUDI-HAMILTON

Hamilton wins crazy Saudi GP to level with Verstappen

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won a crazy, twice-halted

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday to send the Formula One

world championship into a winner-takes-all final showdown

with the Mercedes driver and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen level

on points.

UPCOMING

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

SHOWBIZ-YEARENDER/2021-NEWSSTORIES-PART1 (PIX) (TV) 

Highlights of showbiz and lifestyle news from January to

April 2021

Highlights of showbiz and lifestyle news from January to

April 2021

6 Dec 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT

SHOWBIZ-YEARENDER/2021-NEWSSTORIES-PART2 (PIX) (TV) 

Highlights of showbiz and lifestyle news from May to August

2021

Highlights of showbiz and lifestyle news from May to August

2021

6 Dec 22:00 ET / 03:00 GMT

SHOWBIZ-YEARENDER/2021-NEWSSTORIES-PART3 (PIX) (TV) 

Highlights of showbiz and lifestyle news from September to

December 2021

Highlights of showbiz and lifestyle news from September to

December 2021

6 Dec 23:00 ET / 04:00 GMT

FILM-WEST SIDE STORY/ (TV) 

Steven Spielberg talks about re-making ‘West Side Story’

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg takes on his

riskiest project yet – updating acclaimed musical ‘West

Side Story’ for a new generation

6 Dec

FILM-THE KINGS MAN/PREMIER (PIX) (TV) 

Matthew Vaughn’s, The King’s Man, has its world premiere in

London

Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans are among the

stars set to attend the world premiere of Matthew Vaughn’s

The King’s Man.

6 Dec

FILM-DONT LOOK UP/ (PIX) (TV) 

From Leo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence, starry line-up

unveil ‘Don’t Look Up”

The cast of star-studded Netflix film “Don’t Look Up” talk

about the movie, in which two astronomers seek to warn the

world about an approaching comet threatening to destroy

Earth.

6 Dec

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

LIBYA-ELECTION/CANDIDATES-WOMEN (PIX) (TV) 

The two Libyan women running for the country’s first ever

presidential election

Layla Ben Khalifa and Honeida Mohammed El-Mahdy are the only

two women out of more than 90 candidates running for Libya’s

first ever presidential election. As Libya’s uncertain path

fuels fears of new conflict, the two female candidates speak

about their plans and goals to pull Libya out of turmoil in

a predominantly male-centered political sphere.

6 Dec

EMIRATES-IRAN/ 

Senior UAE official due to visit Iran

The United Arab Emirates’ top national security adviser

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan is expected to visit

Iran, Iranian state media reported.

6 Dec

MYANMAR-POLITICS/SUUKYI (PIX) (TV) 

Myanmar court scheduled to deliver first verdicts in Aung

San Suu Kyi trial

A court in military-ruled Myanmar is scheduled to deliver

its first verdicts in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi and

deposed President Win Myint, for incitement and alleged

violations of coronavirus protocols. The rulings were

deferred from last week.

6 Dec

AFRICA-SECURITY/ 

Dakar Peace and Security Forum

Senegal hosts the sixth edition of the Dakar Peace and

Security Forum. The gathering this year will focus on

stability and growth challenges in post-pandemic Africa.

Leaders expected to attend include South Africa’s President

Cyril Ramaphosa, Niger’s Mohammed Bazoum, EU Council

President Charles Michel, and French Army Minister Florence

Parly.

6 Dec

JAPAN-POLITICS/ (PIX) (TV) 

Japan PM Kishida to deliver policy speech

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will deliver his

policy speech at the start of an extraordinary session of

parliament.

6 Dec 00:00 ET / 05:00 GMT

UN-CREDENTIALS/AFGHANISTAN-MYAMMAR 

U.N. General Assembly to approve deferral of decision on

Afghanistan, Myanmar representation

A U.N. committee on Wednesday deferred a decision on who

will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the United

Nations, said the panel’s chair, meaning the Afghan Taliban

and Myanmar junta will not be allowed into the world body

for now. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve

this decision on Monday.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-myanmar-

junta-unlikely-be-let-into-un-now-diplomats-2021-12-01/ https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-myanmar-junta-unlikely-be-let-into-un-now-diplomats-2021-12-01

6 Dec 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/FRANCE-CABINET 

Macron holds ‘defence council’ to assess threat posed by

Omicron

Macron convenes his senior cabinet ministers for a ‘defence

council’ meeting on the COVID 5th wave and the threat

presented by Omicron.

6 Dec

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/GAZA-MARS (PIX) (TV) 

Mars is Gazans future escape destination- students’ project

Having lived most of their lives under Israeli-led blockade,

three Palestinian university students made escape plans; to

travel and live on Mars in 2050.

6 Dec

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AFRICA-VACCINE (PIX) (TV) 

INSIGHT-COVID shots are finally arriving, but Africa can’t

get them all into arms

In a small village in southern Kenya, people walked for

miles to get a COVID-19 vaccination only to be told the

clinic had run out. The mix-up last week is an illustration

of how African countries are struggling to administer doses,

even though supplies from richer nations are finally ramping

up.

6 Dec 01:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/VARIANT-HOTSPOT (PIX) (TV) 

At outbreak epicentre, students shrug off Omicron and fret

about exams

The students knew their South African university was the

epicentre of a new COVID-19 variant spreading panic across

the globe, but over the past week many worried more about

how Omicron would mess up exams and holiday plans than about

catching it.

6 Dec 02:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS

INDONESIA-VOLCANO/ (PIX) (TV) 

Search and rescue operation continues after Indonesia’s Mt

Semeru eruption

Indonesia’s search and rescue operation continue three days

after a deadly eruption at Mount Semeru which killed at

least 14 people and injured dozens.

6 Dec

RELIGION

POPE-GREECE/ (PIX) (TV) 

Pope visits Greece

Pope Francis to visit Athens and Lesbos from December 4-6.

In Athens he will meet political officials and hold a mass

at a concert hall. In Lesbos he will visit a reception

centre for refugees.

6 Dec

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

OIL-CONFERENCE/ (PIX) 

Energy ministers, oil executives discuss markets, energy

transition at conference

World Petroleum Congress runs Monday to Wednesday in

Houston, bringing oil ministers and energy executives

together to debate the future of oil markets and the role of

renewables in

6 Dec

JAPAN-ECONOMY/WAGES 

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s policy speech at

parliament

The premier will deliver policy speech to mark the beginning

of the extra parliament session in which lawmakers will

debate a supplementary budget with a record 36 trillion yen

in spending to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 Dec 00:00 ET / 05:00 GMT

OIL-CONFERENCE/MEGAPROJECTS (PIX) 

Oil megaprojects in a era of capital spending constraints

The largest oil developments, called megaprojects, are

returning to fashion with major discoveries in Guyana,

Brazil, and industrial cities built for chemical projects.

officials from Saudi Aramco, Chevron, Equinor and Petrobras

weigh the outlook.

6 Dec 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT

AB INBEV-OUTLOOK/ 

Anheuser-Busch InBev investor seminar

Anheuser-Busch InBev holds investor seminar, likely to

outline vision for the world’s largest brewer under new

chief executive Michel Doukeris

6 Dec 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

OIL-CONFERENCE/US-CHIEFS (PIX) 

Top U.S. energy executives lay out vision for energy

Top executives from Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Halliburton

address the World Petroleum Congress on where they see their

companies going in years ahead.

6 Dec 09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

PEOPLE-GHISLAINE MAXWELL/ 

Ghislaine Maxwell trial to enter second week after first

accuser’s testimony

The sex abuse trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell

was set to enter its second week on Monday, after jurors

last week heard the testimony of a woman who says Maxwell

set them up for abuse by late financier Jeffrey Epstein when

she was a teenager.

6 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

USA-RACE/DAUNTEWRIGHT (TV) 

Trial begins for former Minnesota policewoman Kimberly

Potter

The manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, the white former

Minnesota police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black

motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in a

Minneapolis suburb in April, is due to begin.

6 Dec 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT

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