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Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m. GMT/2 p.m. SGT. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect




Turkish leader backs boycott of French goods over cartoon row

PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan asked his compatriots to stop buying French goods on Monday in the latest expression of anger in the Muslim world over images being displayed in France of the Prophet Mohammad, which some Muslims consider blasphemous.


Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin gets reprieve from key ally in political crisis

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The largest party in Malaysia’s ruling coalition declared its support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, providing some respite for the premier who has faced calls to resign after a failed bid to impose a state of emergency.



Trump celebrates at White House as Supreme Court nominee confirmed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump reveled in one of his signature achievements on Monday at a White House ceremony to celebrate U.S. Senate confirmation of his third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, eight days before the election.


U.S. Supreme Court will not allow extension in Wisconsin mail-in ballot deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Siding with Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature, the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to allow an extension ordered by a federal judge in the deadline for returning mail-in ballots in the state, dealing a setback to Democrats.



AIG names new CEO, plans to spin off life and retirement unit

Insurer American International Group Inc on Monday said its board approved a plan to separate the life and retirement business from the rest of the company, and named President Peter Zaffino as chief executive officer, effective next year.


U.S. stock market braces for rocky week ahead of contentious U.S. election

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street faces a rocky run-up to Election Day, with mounting worries about the outcome in Washington adding to nerves about the coronavirus pandemic and fading chances of stimulus.



Cabbies and office workers: Meet Singapore's ordinary royals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - In the modern republic of Singapore, several seemingly ordinary people working in offices or driving taxis can claim to be of royal blood, descendants of a 19th century monarch who ceded control of the Southeast Asian island to the British.


Japan Ink: Growing tribe proudly defies tattoo taboo, hopes for Olympian boost

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shodai Horiren got her first tattoo as a lark on a trip to Australia nearly three decades ago. Now, tattooed head to foot, even on her shaven scalp, she is one of Japan’s most renowned traditional tattoo artists.



Dodgers' Kershaw rewriting legacy in World Series

Clayton Kershaw’s postseason misery has been a defining part of his legacy but he has done wonders to change that narrative by putting his Los Angeles Dodgers on the cusp of their first World Series title since 1988.


L.A. celebrations likely added to spread of COVID, agency says

With Los Angeles hoping to celebrate another major sports title in a matter of days, the city might be paying a price for one earlier in the month.




Somali Islamist insurgency collecting $15 million per month, thinktank report says

Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency is collecting around $15 million a month in taxation, a report from a Mogadishu-based thinktank said, based on interviews with more than 70 businessmen and former al Shabaab tax collectors. Among the case studies the report highlighted was a senior military official who had to pay thousands of dollars in taxes to construct a family home.

27 Oct 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT



'Perfect storm': How Nigeria's peaceful police protests turned violent

Tears fill Ephraim Osinboyejo's eyes as he recalls the idealism that drove thousands of Nigerians like him into the streets to campaign against police brutality - and the night he saw young activists gunned down.

27 Oct 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


The Rust Belt boom that wasn't: Heartland job growth lagged under Trump

With the U.S. election less than two weeks away, recently released government data and new analysis show just how little progress Trump was able to make in changing the trajectory of the Rust Belt region that propelled his improbable rise to the White House.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


EXPLAINER Can Trump call in troops to quell Election Day unrest?

U.S. President Donald Trump has declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he decides the Nov. 3 presidential election results are fraudulent and has proposed mobilizing troops under the 200-year-old Insurrection Act to put down unrest if he won.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


The Squad become sophomores: Four progressive House members ready for reelection

Four minority women became some of the best-known faces of the progressive wing of the U.S. House of Representative -- and convenient targets for conservative opponents -- when they rode a 2018 "blue wave" into office.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


INSIGHT-Vaccines, not spy planes: US misfires in Southeast Asia

Washington’s campaign to buttress its influence in Indonesia - and more broadly in the Asian region - to counter an increasingly assertive China has been misfiring, say Indonesian government officials and analysts. China, meanwhile, has won ground with vaccines and cash.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Barrett faces 'baptism by fire'

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, confirmed to her lifetime position by the Republican-controlled Senate on Monday night, faces a barrage of politically fraught cases in her first days on the job, as the justices weigh election disputes and prepare to hear a high-profile challenge to the Obamacare health law.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Pandemic transforms some Americans into voting rights activists in raft of lawsuits

Fear of the novel coronaries has cast some Americans into an unfamiliar role: litigants in an unprecedented wave of court battles over voting procedures.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Memes spread through WhatsApp play stealth role in U.S. election

WhatsApp contends it plays little role in U.S. politics, a narrative challenged by voters, rights groups and campaigns from California to Texas to Michigan to Florida.

27 Oct 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


INSIGHT- Arctic headache for ship insurers as routes open up

As climate change opens new sea routes, experienced polar captains like Will Whatley are coveted for Arctic voyages that can save money on the run between Europe and Asia. But as activity in the Arctic’s waters picks up, insurance companies are grappling with a fundamental question: If something goes wrong, who pays?

27 Oct 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Turkish court expected to reach verdict in case of U.S. consulate employee Canturk

A verdict is expected in the case of U.S. consulate employee Mete Canturk, who is on trial, along with his wife and daughter, for alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed by Ankara for a failed 2016 coup.

27 Oct 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


FACTBOX - These states could decide the U.S. presidential election

A look at the battleground states in the U.S. presidential election, when polls close, the electoral votes at stake and other key races in the states.

27 Oct 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


Reuters/Ipsos battleground state poll

Starting in September, the Reuters/Ipsos poll will begin releasing public opinion polls in each of six battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

27 Oct 17:00 ET / 21:00 GMT



Somali doctor's diagnostic lab helps country's COVID-19 fight

Somali doctor Abdullahi Shekhdoon trained in India and China and returned home in 2016, scraping money together for four years to fulfil his dream. This January, he opened the first advanced private diagnostic laboratory in battle-scarred Mogadishu.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Monitoring coronavirus situation in Spain as authorities discuss new restrictions

Monitoring coronavirus situation in Spain as the government and regional leaders discuss what measures to take to curb the spread of coronavirus. The state of emergency applicable to Madrid is set to expire on Saturday at 14:47GMT and authorities are to announce new measures.

27 Oct 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Barcelona Cat sanctuary holds interviews via Instagram with people who want to adopt cats

A cat sanctuary in Barcelona has taken to social media to interview people who want to adopt or foster cats as well as to screen volunteers in order to avoid face-to-face contact amid the coronavirus pandemic.

27 Oct 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


Victoria eases COVID-19 restrictions as shops, cafes, restaurants reopen

Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions will be eased beginning at 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 27 (1259GMT), according to Premier Daniel Andrews. Shops, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to reopen under the eased safety measures with limits on patrons.

28 Oct 18:00 ET / 22:00 GMT



Australia winemakers challenged as China loses taste for wines from Down Under

Australian winemakers have hit a rough patch as the country’s biggest offshore market, China, has presented fresh challenges as the coronavirus undermines business at home.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


U.S. energy firms lock down production as Hurricane Zeta enters Gulf of Mexico

Energy firms and ports in the northern U.S. Gulf Coast were locking down on Tuesday as the 11th hurricane of the Atlantic season churned across the Gulf of Mexico toward a landfall between Louisiana and Alabama.

27 Oct 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT


Rolls-Royce shareholders vote on rights issue

Shareholders will vote to approve the aero-engine maker's plan for a 2 billion pound rights issue to help shore up the company's finances which have been battered by the pandemic.

27 Oct 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT


Central bank bond buying auction results

27 Oct 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Trial resumes of 47 Nigerian men charged under homosexuality law

A hearing is scheduled in the closely watched trial of 47 Nigerian men charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, seen as a test of a law criminalising homosexuality. The last hearing was postponed the day before the case was scheduled to resume after repeated delays.

27 Oct 08:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


Russia's FinMin announces OFZ bond auctions

Russia's Finance Ministry announces OFZ bond auctions for Wednesday

27 Oct 12:00 ET / 16:00 GMT


Leisure driving stalls, another hurdle for gasoline demand

Millions of people worldwide continue to cancel or curtail leisure trips as the pandemic maintains its grip on many countries. That is contributing to a slower-than-expected recovery in fuel demand.

27 Oct 12:30 ET / 16:30 GMT



Former police captain to plead guilty in eBay cyberstalking case

A former police captain who went on to become a security operations supervisor at eBay Inc is expected to pleaded guilty to participating in an extensive cyberstalking campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter was viewed by top executives as critical of the e-commerce company.

27 Oct 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT


Former eBay security supervisor to plead guilty in U.S. to cyberstalking campaign

A former police captain who oversaw security operations for eBay Inc's European and Asian offices is expected to plead guilty to participating in a cyberstalking campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter executives viewed as critical of the e-commerce company.

27 Oct 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT


NXIVM leader Keith Raniere to be sentenced

Keith Raniere, leader of the New York-based NXIVM cult convicted last year of sex trafficking and other crimes, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn. He faces up to life in prison.

27 Oct 11:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


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