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Market Cap £157.44bn
Enterprise Value £177.50bn
Revenue £33.42bn
Position in Universe 42nd / 6854


Thu 15th April, 2021 11:00pm
Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters
text service as of 10 p.m. GMT /6 a.m. SGT. For a full schedule
of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters
    U.S. sanctions Russia for 'malign' acts, Moscow reacts
    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, April 15 (Reuters) - The United States on
Thursday imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia, including
curbs to its sovereign debt market, to punish it for interfering
in last year's U.S. election, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine
and other alleged "malign" actions.
    Blinken visits Afghanistan in show of support after Biden
announces withdrawal
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State
Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday to
show support for the Afghan government and civil society a day
after President Joe Biden said he was pulling out American
forces after nearly 20 years of war.
    Congress eyes two-track approach to Biden's $2.3T
infrastructure pitch
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - Senate Republicans said on
Thursday they would consider an infrastructure bill about
one-third the size of U.S. President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion
plan, which could prompt Democrats to pass the package in two
phases, one bipartisan and one not.

    Chicago releases graphic video of police shooting
13-year-old boy
    CHICAGO, April 15 (Reuters) - Chicago officials on Thursday
released to the public graphic body-camera video footage showing
a policeman shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy who appeared
to have his hands raised in an alley more than two weeks ago.
    U.S. retail sales post largest gain in 10 months; weekly
jobless claims fall
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose by
the most in 10 months in March as Americans received additional
pandemic relief checks from the government and increased
COVID-19 vaccinations allowed broader economic re-engagement,
cementing expectations for robust growth in the first quarter.

    U.S. House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of
Representatives Judiciary Committee formally approved a report
accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms,
Representative David Cicilline's office said in a statement on
    Love story 'Time' takes incarceration fight to the Oscars
    LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) - Garrett Bradley's award-winning
documentary "Time" may be about incarceration, but, according to
the director, it's really a love story.
    'Like Godzilla, but actually real': study shows T. rex
numbered 2.5 billion
    WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - If one Tyrannosaurus rex -
the school bus-sized meat-eating dinosaur that stalked the
Cretaceous Period landscape - seems impressive, how about 2.5
billion of them?
    Evans stuns world No.1 Djokovic in Monte Carlo
    World number one Novak Djokovic crashed out in the third
round of the Monte Carlo Masters following a 6-4 7-5 defeat by
Britain's Dan Evans on Thursday.
    Motorcycling-Marquez nervous about return to MotoGP after
    Marc Marquez is a six-times MotoGP world champion but he
admitted he had butterflies in his stomach ahead of this
weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix when he returns to the track for
the first time since last year's season-ending crash.

    To run or not to run: Is Duterte’s daughter playing her
father’s game?
    Calls of "Run, Sara, Run" are getting louder in the
Philippines even though both President Rodrigo Duterte's
daughter and he himself deny any plan for her to succeed him in
next year’s election.
But few are convinced by either of them. Polls show her scoring
highly. Politicians believe Sara Duterte-Carpio will use the
same playbook as her father did by entering the race at the 11th
hour, riding on the coat-tails of Duterte’s huge popularity in a
vote that has big geopolitical implications given the
Philippines’ place as a diplomatic battleground between the
United States and China.
    16 Apr 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT
    Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists face to be sentenced
over illegal assembly
    Prominent Hong Kong democracy campaigners including media
tycoon Jimmy Lai and veteran activists Martin Lee, Lee
Cheuk-yan, and Margaret Ng appear in court for sentencing after
being found guilty of taking part in an unauthorised assembly in
2019, when anti-government protests roiled the financial hub.
    16 Apr 21:30 ET / 01:30 GMT
    Congo Republic's Sassou sworn in again, extending 38-year
    Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has
governed for 38 years, is sworn in for a new term after winning
last month's election.
    Apr 16
    Kerry and McCarthy, an unlikely duo reunites to push Biden's
climate agenda
    An unlikely duo is steering U.S. President Joe Biden's
efforts to re-engage the United States in the international
effort to fight global warming: a patrician former presidential
candidate and a plain-speaking, long-time civil servant, both
with Boston roots and baseball loyalties. John Kerry and Gina
McCarthy are reprising a partnership from Barack Obama's tenure 
- but this time around the challenge is tougher and the danger
of failure looms larger.
    Apr 16
    U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry continues visit in China
    U.S. climate envoy John Kerry continues his visit in China
and is expected to hold talks Chinese officials to discuss
international efforts to tackle global warming.
    Apr 16
    U.S. data provides window in the strength of the two wings
of the Republican Party
    Federal elections data will offer a look at the relative
fundraising strength of the two wings of the Republican Party in
the first quarter. A Reuters analysis compares fundraising
totals for the 139 House of Representatives Republicans who
voted to support former President Donald Trump's attempt to
overturn his election defeat with that of the 72 members of the
caucus who voted against it.
    Apr 16
    Post-Merkel paralysis: why Germany's conservatives can't
decide on a successor
    Germany's ruling conservative bloc is struggling to settle
on a candidate to run for chancellor at federal elections in
September, when Angela Merkel is stepping down after 16 years in
    Apr 16
    Foreign ministers of Cyprus, Israel, Greece and UAE discuss
regional issues
    Foreign ministers of Cyprus, Israel, Greece and with the
participation of their counterpart from the United Arab Emirates
via teleconference discuss regional issues and prospects for
    Apr 16
    Trial continues for Minneapolis officer accused in George
Floyd killing
    Trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman
accused of killing George Floyd, continues. Chauvin, who is
white, has been charged with second-degree murder and other
lesser charges in the May 25 death of Floyd, a Black man, after
pinning his neck to the ground for more than nine minutes.
Videos of the incident set off nationwide protests over police
brutality and racism in law enforcement.
    16 Apr 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT
    Great divide: New Zealand's COVID response delivered riches
to some, homelessness to others
    New Zealand's success in combating the coronavirus has
fueled an already charged up property market to become one of
the most expensive in the world, thereby widening the economic
    16 Apr 19:00 ET / 23:00 GMT
    Farmers tap classical music, facial cloths to grow world's
most expensive melons in tropical Malaysia
    Three Malaysian farmers are growing Japanese muskmelons, one
of the world’s most expensive fruit, using methods such as
playing classical music and polishing the melons with facial
cloths, to farm the fruit in Malaysia’s hot, tropical weather.
By adhering to the principle of planting only one fruit on one
tree, the growers are able to maintain the quality of the fruit
while selling it at one-third of its original imported price.
    Apr 16
    German finance minister at virtual doorstep ahead of
Eurogroup meeting
    German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz gives a statement ahead
of the virtual Eurogroup meeting of euro zone finance ministers.
    16 Apr 03:10 ET / 07:10 GMT
    In Uganda, a local startup bets on banana waste
    Bananas have long been a staple in Uganda, and the U.N. Food
and Agriculture estimates the average citizen consumes more than
200 kilograms annually of the fruit. Now a local startup,
Texfad, is exploiting a little-treasured part of the plant, its
natural fibre, to produce environmentally conscious items.
    16 Apr 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
    Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Kaplan participates in
moderated Q&A before climate change event
    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan
participates in a moderated question-and-answer session before
virtual City of Dallas Climate Change Symposium
    16 Apr 10:45 ET / 14:45 GMT
    A collapsed section of a cliff on the Jurassic Coast in
    A collapsed section of a cliff on the Jurassic Coast in
Dorset is seen after large chunks fell onto the beach and into
the sea in the UK biggest rockfall in years.
    Apr 16
    'You can't clone us': short-staffed Polish doctors cry for
help as COVID deaths spike
    Doctors and nurses at the Zeromski hospital in the southern
Polish city of Krakow tell Reuters about their never-ending
shifts, lack of financial support from the government and
exhaustion as an already significant doctor shortage weighs on
Poland's healthcare system amidst the coronavirus pandemic's
third wave. Experts have pointed to the doctor shortage as one
of the main reasons for Poland's unusually high number of
COVID-related deaths in recent weeks, as well as for the largest
number of reported excess deaths in Poland since World War Two.
The shortage has also left many non-COVID patients without
proper care as specialists, including orthopedists and
pediatricians, are redirected to short-staffed COVID wards.
    Apr 16
    Oil and gas companies aim to turn dirty fuels clean with
contentious offsets
    Oil and gas companies around the world are increasingly
trying to market their notoriously dirty products as clean using
a range of contentious methods, from buying offsets, to powering
operations with renewables, to investing in carbon capture
technology that can suck emissions out of the air.
The push shows fossil fuel companies are getting more serious
about global warming. But it also has skeptics wondering if the
moves mark genuine progress in the fight against climate change
or just greenwashing. Can investors and governments can be
certain either way without more transparency, verification and
    Apr 16
    U.S. parents begin to ask: Should my child get a COVID-19
    Thousands of U.S. parents have volunteered to have their
children participate in new trials run by Pfizer  PFE.N  with
BioNTech  BNTX.O  or Moderna, the first companies making strides
toward developing a safe COVID-19 vaccine for the country's 48
million children under age 12. Health officials say vaccines are
crucial to ending the pandemic. But many are concerned vaccine
hesitancy in some adults will be even more pronounced when it
comes to their children. Parents may question the risks versus
benefits, given the unknowns about the vaccines' long-term
impact on childrens' development and data on how few young kids
have been hit hard by COVID-19.
    16 Apr 02:00 ET / 06:00 GMT
    WHO chief Tedros, Papua New Guinea minister give news conf
    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World
Health Organization (WHO), to give news conference on the
COVID-19 pandemic with focus on Papua New Guinea and the Western
Pacific region. Speakers: Jelta Wong, health minister of Papua
New Guinea; Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western
Pacific and Anna Maalsen, acting Representative, WHO Papua New
    16 Apr 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
    Olympics - Tokyo 2020 president news conference, 'Look of
the Games' briefing
    Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee President Seiko
Hashimoto holds a regular news conference, followed by a "Look
of the Games" briefing by organising committee officials.
    16 Apr 00:30 ET / 04:30 GMT
    Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists due to be sentenced
for illegal assembly
    Hong Kong democracy activists including media tycoon Jimmy
Lai are due to be sentenced for illegal assembly during an
anti-government protest on Aug. 31, in 2019.
    16 Apr 02:30 ET / 06:30 GMT
    In Namibia, same-sex couple fight for children's citizenship
    When Namibian Phillip Lühl and his Mexican husband Guillermo
Delgado decided to start a family, they did not realise how
difficult it would be. The same-sex couple are battling to
obtain Namibian citizenship for their 2-year-old son, while
their one-month-old twin daughters are stuck in South Africa
because Namibian authorities want Lühl to show genetic proof he
is the father before providing them with travel documents.
    16 Apr 04:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
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