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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

UKRAINE-CRISIS/

U.S., France present united front to hold Russia to account on Ukraine

WASHINGTON/KHERSON, Ukraine, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The presidents of the United States and France said they would hold Russia to account for its actions in Ukraine and the European Union reached tentative agreement on an oil price cap to squeeze Moscow's export earnings.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA

Scattered easing of COVID curbs across China after week of unrest

BEIJING, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Some communities in Chinese cities where COVID-19 is still spreading are easing off on testing requirements and quarantine rules in a marked shift in virus policies after widespread protests across the country.

U.S.

USA-FRANCE/

Biden and Macron vow unity on Ukraine and move to end subsidy tensions

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Joe Biden on Thursday used the first state visit of his presidency to demonstrate unity with France's Emmanuel Macron on Ukraine, show willingness to speak to Russia's Vladimir Putin and assuage European anger over U.S. subsidies.

USA-ECONOMY/

U.S. job growth likely slowed again in November; labor market still tight

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. job growth was likely the smallest in nearly two years in November as mounting worries of a recession cooled demand for labor, which could give the Federal Reserve confidence to start slowing the pace of its interest rate hikes this month.

BUSINESS

TESLA-SEMI/

Musk delivers first Tesla truck, but no update on output, pricing

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk delivered the company's first heavy-duty Semi on Thursday to PepsiCo without offering updated forecasts for the truck's pricing, production plans or how much cargo it could haul.

TWITTER-ADVERTISERS/

Twitter offers advertisers incentives after many marketers left platform - email

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is offering advertisers incentives to increase their spending on the platform, according to an email sent on Thursday to advertising agencies, an effort to jump-start its business after Elon Musk's takeover prompted many companies to pull back.

ENTERTAINMENT

FILM-EMANCIPATION/WILL SMITH

Will Smith's 'Emancipation' scores mixed reviews so far

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Apple TV+’s 2022 slavery drama “Emancipation", actor Will Smith's first film since his famous slap of comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, has received mixed early reviews from film critics.

USA-FRANCE/DINNER

Jennifer Garner, John Legend attend lavish U.S. state dinner for France's Macron

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden rolled out the red carpet on Thursday for celebrities, lawmakers, and titans of industry at the White House's first state dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron.

SPORTS

SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRI-GER/REPORT

Germany's World Cup dream in tatters despite victory over Costa Rica

AL KHOR, Qatar, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Four-time champions Germany sensationally crashed out of the World Cup despite a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica in their last Group E match on Thursday, tumbling out at the first hurdle for the second consecutive time.

SOCCER-WORLDCUP-JPN-ESP/REPORT

Japan roar back again to shock Spain and top group

DOHA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Japan staged their second stunning turnaround of the World Cup to beat 2010 champions Spain 2-1 on Thursday to surge into the last 16 along with their beaten opponents and dump Germany out in one of the greatest nights for the Samurai Blue.

UPCOMING

BUSINESS / ECONOMICS

GHANA-ECONOMY/BONDS

ANALYSIS-Ghana overhaul a test for $1 billion World Bank-backed debt

Ghana's debt restructuring plans are set to test a $400 million World Bank guarantee which was designed to provide extra security if the West African country failed to pay.

2 Dec 06:00 ET / 06:00 GMT

GLOBAL-ECONOMY/FOOD

U.N. agency FAO releases its latest food price index

U.N. food agency FAO releases its latest monthly global food price index and forecasts for the world cereal market.

2 Dec 09:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

USA-FED/POLICY

As the Fed plans to 'raise and hold', new projections may show the cost

U.S. Federal Reserve officials have signaled plans for a half-point interest rate hike at their meeting this month, and while that would be a step down from recent rate increases, new projections issued then could show a policy rate headed toward levels last seen on eve of the 2007 financial crisis.

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

FINTECH-CRYPTO/FTX-FEES

Bankruptcy lawyers see dollar signs in crypto tumult

Turmoil in the cryptocurrency industry has rattled major exchanges and sent the value of digital assets tumbling, but at least one group stands to gain: bankruptcy lawyers.

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

REACH-FUNDING/

Silicon Valley startup beaming electricity wirelessly raises $30 million

Reach Power,Inc, a Silicon Valley startup that beams electricity wirelessly, said on Friday it raised $30 million in a funding round that will help it start commercializing its products.

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

MERCK&CO-KEYTRUDA/

Merck could keep its patent edge by shifting Keytruda cancer drug to a simple shot

U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck hopes to patent a new formulation of its $20 billion cancer immunotherapy Keytruda, setting itself up to sidestep potential competition from rival copies of its treatment expected as soon as 2028.

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

USA-FED/BARKIN

Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Barkin speaks on the labor market

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin speaks on "Is a Labor Challenge Coming?" before the 2022 Virginia Economic Summit and Forum on International Trade, in Richmond, Va.

2 Dec 14:15 ET / 14:15 GMT

USA-FED/EVANS

Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Evans speaks before financial regulation event

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks before event, Kaufman Center for Financial and Policy Studies: "The Role & Effectiveness of Financial Regulation," in Chicago, Ill.

2 Dec 15:15 ET / 15:15 GMT

USA-RIGS/BAKERHUGHES

U.S. weekly oil and gas rig count data released by Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes releases weekly data detailing the number of oil and gas rigs deployed in the United States & Canada.

2 Dec 18:00 ET / 18:00 GMT

VENEZUELA-OIL/EXPORTS

Veneuela's oil exports for November

A look at Venezuela's oil exports for the month of November by volume and destination.

2 Dec 18:00 ET / 18:00 GMT

USA-FED/EVANS

Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Evans gives welcome at Fed conference

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gives welcome remarks before hybrid 36th Annual Economic Outlook Symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

2 Dec 19:00 ET / 19:00 GMT

CRIME / LAW / JUSTICE

MOZAMBIQUE-TRIAL/

Mozambique court hands down verdict in $2 bln graft trial

A Mozambican court is delivering its verdict in the trial of 19 people accused of crimes including money laundering, bribery and blackmail for their alleged roles in a $2 billion debt scandal that had dramatic implications for the nation's economy.

2 Dec 07:00 ET / 07:00 GMT

USA-COURT/LGBT

Web designer opposed to gay marriage at center of U.S. Supreme Court clash

Lorie Smith, an evangelical Christian from Colorado who believes marriage is between a man and a woman, has taken her fight to refuse to make wedding websites for same-sex couples - and to advertise that stance - to the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case to be argued on December 5.

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

USA-TRUMP/NEW YORK-TRIAL

Closing arguments to continue in Trump Organization's criminal tax fraud trial

Closing arguments were set to continue on Friday in the criminal tax fraud trial of Donald Trump's real estate company in New York, which stands accused of running a scheme to defraud tax authorities for 15 years. Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass is expected to finish his closing argument mid-morning, after beginning on Thursday afternoon.

2 Dec 14:30 ET / 14:30 GMT

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO-PANDEMICS

Briefing with U.S. health officials on WHO pandemic accord

U.S. health officials will brief journalists on their perspective on the WHO pandemic accord which could include major changes to rules on pharmaceutical deals. Washington has previously expressed reticence about agreeing to a legally-binding accord adn there are still major questions about how any new rules would be ratified domestically.

2 Dec 10:30 ET / 10:30 GMT

POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

UKRAINE-CRISIS/UN-INVESTIGATION

UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine presser

The U.N.-mandated commission of inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Ukraine will give a press briefing on preliminary conclusions of their second mission to the country.

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

TURKEY-POLITICS/ERDOGAN

Turkey's Erdogan speaks at a disabilities summit and an awards ceremony

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a summit to discuss challenges faced by people with disabilities and alsos speak at an awards ceremony (1600 GMT).

2 Dec 11:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CHINA-MESSAGING

INSIGHT-Inside China's fight over the future of zero-COVID

After nearly three years talking up the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could have on the country's fragile healthcare system and its vulnerable elderly population, China's leaders need to reverse years of zero-COVID messaging to persuade large numbers of people China now has the means to coexist with the coronavirus - even as new cases surge to record levels.

2 Dec 12:00 ET / 12:00 GMT

PFIZER-EUROPE/

Pfizer spending billions to expand European manufcaturing

Pfizer will announce plans to expand its European manufacturing. The drugmaker's chief supply officer will discuss the expansion in an interview.

2 Dec 13:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/WHO

WHO press conference on COVID-19, mpox and other health issues

World Health Organization director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other experts brief media on COVID-19 pandemic, Monkeypox outbreak and other global health issues.

2 Dec 14:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

SPORTS

SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-POL/PREVIEW

Soccer - Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup - France news conference & training

France hold a news conference and training session as they continue preparations for their World Cup last-16 match against Poland on Dec. 3.

2 Dec 13:45 ET / 13:45 GMT

CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE

USA-DEFENSE/

Northrop Grumman set to unveil B-21 nuclear bomber Friday

Northrop Grumman Corp is set to roll out the first plane in a new fleet of long-range stealth nuclear bombers for the United States Air Force at a ceremony in Palmdale, California on Friday.

2 Dec 14:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

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