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Police detain over 200 at Russia protests called by jailed Kremlin foe Navalny
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Police detained more than 200 people in Russia’s Far East and Siberia on Saturday as protesters defying bitter cold and a ban by authorities staged nationwide rallies to demand the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Exclusive: Canada deporting thousands even as pandemic rages
TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada deported thousands of people even as COVID-19 raged last year, data seen by Reuters shows, and lawyers say deportations are ramping up, putting people needlessly at risk in the midst of a global health emergency.
In Senate deal, Trump impeachment trial put off until early February
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump.
Biden, citing ‘economic imperative,’ orders faster relief checks, more food aid
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday ordered the faster issuance of pandemic stimulus checks to needy families and increased food aid for children who normally rely on school meals, an effort to ease Americans’ burdens while Congress negotiates over his proposed $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package.
Yellen nomination sails through Senate panel; final vote set for Monday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Friday unanimously approved Janet Yellen’s nomination as the first woman Treasury secretary, indicating that she will easily win full Senate approval, but Republicans called for her to work with them in developing economic policies.
Exclusive: Buyout firm TPG in lead for stake in AT&T’s DirecTV – sources
(Reuters) – Private equity firm TPG has entered into exclusive talks to acquire a minority stake in AT&T Inc’s satellite TV division, DirecTV, in a deal that would allow the U.S. wireless carrier to trim its net debt of close to $150 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ delayed again amid pandemic
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The global release of the James Bond movie “No Time to Die” was postponed to October from April, its producers said, another setback for movie theaters trying to rebuild a business crushed by the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Heroic hymn of the people’: Chinese government film marks year since Wuhan lockdown
BEIJING (Reuters) – China premiered a patriotic documentary film on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Wuhan’s coronavirus lockdown, part of a broader effort by authorities to cast the government’s early response to COVID-19 in a positive light.
Baseball’s ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ Aaron, who held career home run record, dies at 86
(Reuters) – Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, the quiet, unassuming slugger who broke Babe Ruth’s supposedly unbreakable record for most home runs in a career and battled racism in the process, died on Friday, the Atlanta Braves announced. He was 86.
NBA roundup: Clint Capela’s triple-double leads Hawks past Wolves
Clint Capela recorded his first career triple-double and Trae Young scored a season-high 43 points to pace the Atlanta Hawks to a 116-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday and extend their winning streak to three games.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
DAVOS-MEETING/ (PIX) (TV)
Empty streets in Davos as World Economic Forum holds virtual meeting
Empty streets in Davos as World Economic Forum (WEF) holds virtual meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions
23 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
After failed Carrefour bid, Couche-Tard reassures befuddled shareholders
Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard has been quietly reassuring shareholders about its growth strategy after its abrupt plan to buy French grocery chain Carrefour befuddled investors and cast a doubt about the stock’s short-term prospects.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
PORTUGAL-ELECTION/PREVIEW (PIX) (TV)
Portugal holds presidential election amid pandemic peak
Portugal’s voters, largely confined at home because of the now out-of-control pandemic, are expected at the polling stations on Sunday to choose their president, prompting criticism this could further worsen contagions.
23 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
Soccer – England – FA Cup – Southampton v Arsenal
Southampton play Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
23 Jan 07:15 ET / 12:15 GMT
Soccer – Italy – Serie A – Roma v Spezia
Report from Roma’s Serie A match with Spezia.
23 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT