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TOP STORIES


GLOBAL


USA-ISRAEL/GOLANHEIGHTS

In major shift, Trump says time for U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign.


BRITAIN-EU/

EU wrestles with short Brexit delay as "no deal" looms

European Union leaders wrangled on Thursday over what kind of Brexit delay to offer Britain as their hopes faded that Prime Minister Theresa May can win over her own parliament to ensure an orderly withdrawal.


U.S.


USA-WEATHER

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.

Missouri’s governor declared a state of emergency on Thursday as floodwaters that left a swath of destruction across Nebraska and Iowa surged downstream, swamping small towns, roads and farmland in the U.S Midwest.


USA-TRUMP-COLLEGES

Trump signs executive 'free speech' order for U.S. colleges

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order linking “free speech” efforts at public universities to federal grants in an effort to combat what he considers a clamp down on conservative students’ abilities to share their views.


BUSINESS


LEVI-STRAUSS-IPO

Levi Strauss shares surge 31 percent in stock market return

Shares in Levi Strauss & Co surged 31 percent in their debut on Thursday, giving the jeans maker a market value of $8.7 billion and suggesting strong investor appetite before much-awaited listings from Lyft and Uber.


GM-ELECTRIC-INVESTMENT

GM to announce $300 million investment in Orion EV/AV plant

General Motors Co will announce on Friday plans to invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit plant that builds electric and self-driving vehicles for Chevrolet and the automaker’s self-driving Cruise unit, two people familiar with the plans said on Thursday.

ENTERTAINMENT


FACEBOOK-PRIVACY

Facebook fixes glitch that exposed millions of user passwords to employees

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has resolved a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees.


PEOPLE-EMILIA-CLARKE

'Thrones' star Emilia Clarke reveals close brushes with death

“Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke on Thursday revealed she suffered two brain aneurysms during her early years with the hit television show that left her convinced she would die.


SPORTS


TENNIS-MIAMI

Venus shines as sun returns to Miami Open

Three-times Miami Open champion Venus Williams lit up center court by easing past Slovenian qualifier Dalila Jakupovic 7-5 6-3 in the first round as the sun and fans returned to the tournament on Thursday.


ICEHOCKEY-NHL/EUROPE

Blackhawks, Flyers to open 2019-20 NHL season in Czech Republic

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will open the 2019-20 NHL regular season in the Czech Republic while the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning play two games in Sweden in November, the league said on Thursday.


UPCOMING


POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


COLOMBIA-RATES/

Colombia's central bank to hold monetary policy meeting

Colombia's central bank will vote on whether to alter the benchmark lending rate. Most analysts expect borrowing costs to remain at 4.25 percent until the second half of the year.

22 Mar


BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX) (TV)

British PM May goes to Brussels for "last chance" Brexit summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May goes to Brussels for a summit of EU leaders.

22 Mar


NEWZEALAND-SHOOTOUT/OIC (PIX) (TV)

OIC ministers, New Zealand FM meet in Istanbul

Muslim foreign ministers hold a meeting in Istanbul, and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters will attend.

22 Mar


UKRAINE-ELECTION/CLONE-CANDIDATE (TV)

Seeing double? Two Tymoshenkos run for Ukraine's president

Ukrainians casting their vote in this month's presidential election will need to be sharp-eyed: two candidates with the same name and initials, Y.V. Tymoshenko, will be on the ballot paper. One is Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister. The other is Yuriy Tymoshenko, a largely unknown lawmaker who insists he is the genuine candidate and that she is the bogus one.

22 Mar


BRITAIN-EU/SCOTLAND (PIX)

Can't get the staff: Scenic Highlands at eye of Scotland's Brexit storm

Glen Mhor Hotel, a picturesque base for tourists hunting the Loch Ness monster, is struggling to find staff for a busy summer as EU workers snub Brexit Britain, threatening Scotland's economy and roiling its politics.

22 Mar


ITALY-CHINA/PRESIDENT (PIX) (TV)

Chinese president visits Rome, meets Italian president

Chinese President Xi Jinping, paying a three-day visit to Italy, meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella and will be guest of honor at a state dinner. He is also due to meet the heads of the lower and upper houses of parliament during the day.

22 Mar 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


EU-ELECTION/WEBER

EU center-right lead candidate Manfred Weber speaks to Reuters

Reuters interviews Manfred Weber, the lead candidate for the center-right European People's Party in the EU parliamentary election in May.

22 Mar 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


BRITAIN-ROBINSON/

UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson to face fresh contempt case

First hearing at High Court in London of contempt of court case against Robinson

22 Mar


AUSTRALIA-POLITICS/ELECTION

Australia's government braces for federal election trial-run

The re-election prospects of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces a litmus test on Saturday as the country's largest state heads to the polls.

22 Mar


THAILAND-ELECTION/ (PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)

Thai political parties hold last day campaigning

Thai political parties hold last day of campaigning ahead of the March 24 general election.

22 Mar


THAILAND-ELECTION/FARMERS

In post-coup election, Thai rice, rubber farmers rethink old divide

The rice-growing northeast and rubber-tapping south reflect the deep divide in Thailand's polarized politics of the last 15 years. Sunday's general election has been cast as a struggle between democracy and military rule, but from north to south, farmers complain about hard times and growing mountains of debt since the military took over. Farming accounts for 30 percent of the work force, though only about 10 percent of the economy.

22 Mar


NEWZEALAND-SHOOTOUT/PRAYERS (PIX) (TV)

Ardern joins thousands in Friday prayers in Christchurch

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends the Muslim call to prayer and a two-minute silence at Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor Mosque, one week after the killing of 50 people in the country's worst mass shooting.

22 Mar


CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE


WESTERNSAHARA-TALKS/ (PIX)

U.N. press conference on Western Sahara talks

Horst Koehler, U.N. envoy for the contested Western Sahara, briefs reporters at 1500g after a second round of talks near Geneva on March 21-22, which follows a first round in December that marked a return to the negotiating table for the first time in six years to try to broker a settlement over the desert territory contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario. Heads of delegations of Morocco and Polisario due to speak to media afterwards.

22 Mar 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


BURKINA-VIOLENCE/

Rights group denounces abuses by jihadists and security forces in Burkina Faso

Jihadist attacks and summary executions by security forces have killed dozens of civilians in Burkina Faso since last year, Human Rights Watch said in a new report.

22 Mar 02:01 ET / 06:01 GMT


DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS


ETHIOPIA-AIRPLANE/BODIES (PIX) (GRAPHIC)

No bodies, little certainty as Ethiopian crash tragedy slow to give up its secrets

A child's foot. Fingers. Documents. Relatives of some of the people killed on the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight were horrified when they visited the crash site to find body parts and documents were still strewn across the area. Most of all, they were frustrated that it took five days and the intervention of their prime minister to get them access. Now, villagers say excavations have stopped, raising questions over whether some families will receive remains of their loved ones.

22 Mar


AFRICA-CYCLONE/ (PIX) (TV)

Update from Mozambique after powerful cyclone

Update from the Mozambican port city of Beira after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds of people and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.

22 Mar


CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE


USA-COURT/GERRYMANDERING (PIX)

PREVIEW- Engineering elections? U.S. top court scrutinizes electoral map bias

U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a high-profile case about the legality of the practice called partisan gerrymandering - the manipulation of electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power. The North Carolina city of Greensboro is at the epicenter of the issue.

22 Mar 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


BUSINESS / ECONOMICS


JAPAN-COMPANIES/TRADE (PIX)

Reuters Corporate Survey

A monthly survey of about 500 midsize and large Japanese corporations, conducted for Reuters by Nikkei Research and taken alongside the monthly Reuters Tankan.

22 Mar 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT


CITGO-DEBT/

Citgo Petroleum accepting offers on $1.8 billion term loan -sources

Citgo Petroleum, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Venezuelan state-run company PDVSA, is seeking to raise $1.8 billion through a 3-year term loan to cover operating expenses and to refinance existing debt, three people close to the deal told Reuters on Thursday.

21 Mar 18:30 ET / 22:30 GMT


MEXICO-BANKS/OPENING

Mexican officials speak at start of banking convention

Mexican officials due to give introductions at start of banking conference on Thursday evening, including finance minister Carlos Urzua, deputy finance minister Arturo Herrera and Central Bank Governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon.

21 Mar 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT


GLOBAL-ECONOMY/WEEKAHEAD

Global Economy Weekahead

A weekly look at key economic events for the global economy in the coming seven days.

22 Mar


UPS-HEALTHCARE/ (PIX)

UPS eyes in-home health services with U.S. vaccine project

United Parcel Service Inc and Merck & Co Inc are preparing to test a U.S. service that dispatches nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes, as the world's biggest package delivery firm and its healthcare clients work to fend off cost pressures and competitive threats from Amazon.com.

22 Mar 01:00 ET / 05:00 GMT


MEXICO-CENBANK/ (PIX)

Interview with Mexico central bank governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon

We will interview Mexico's central bank governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon at the Mexican banking association's annual convention in Acapulco. We will seek details on the future trajectory of interest rates in the context of moderating inflationary pressures and expectations and will discuss what risks the economy faces as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pursues unorthodox policies that have tended to spook investors, among other topics.

22 Mar


TIFFANY-RESULTS/

Tiffany & Co reports fourth quarter results

Tiffany & Co is expected to report largely flat revenue growth for its fourth quarter, but all eyes will be on the company's forecast for 2019, after the jeweler said in January lower spending by Chinese tourists and uncertain political situations in Europe could mean a couple of "very tough" quarters this year.

22 Mar 08:30 ET / 12:30 GMT


EUROPE-SUGAR/PLANTING

EU farmers start sugar beet planting as market crisis bites

Farmers are expected to cut back on plantings this year as the industry aims to rein in production in response to a price slump fueled by an EU sugar market reform. A further decline in sugar beet area could follow next year as the EU's biggest sugar refiner Suedzucker plans to close several factories. Roundup to look at France, Germany, Britain and Poland.

22 Mar


MEXICO-BANKS/ (PIX)

Mexican banking convention second day, president speaks

Finance bosses including heads of Visa and Mastercard speak at Mexican banking convention in Acapulco before closing remarks by finance ministry Carlos Urzua and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO expected at around 15:10 local time)

22 Mar


GM-ELECTRIC VEHICLES/INVESTMENT

GM to announce electric vehicle investment at Michigan plant

General Motors will announce an investment in its electric and self-driving vehicle assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan.

22 Mar 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT


BRITAIN-ROYALS/BABY-UPBRINGING (PIX) (TV)

A royal baby’s upbringing

How will Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby be raised? Royals claim they want a normal life for their children and the latest expectant parents are no exception. But inevitably their children live lives far from normal.

22 Mar 23:00 ET / 03:00 GMT


TELEVISION-PARKSRECREATION/ (PIX)

NBC’s Parks and Recreation 10th Anniversary Reunion

NBC’s Parks and Recreation 10th Anniversary Reunion with cast members.

21 Mar 21:30 ET / 01:30 GMT