08/30/2021 6:00 Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m.GMT/2 a.m.ET.For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.
Rockets fired at Kabul airport as U.S.troops race to complete evacuation
U.S.anti-missile defenses intercepted as many as five rockets that were fired at Kabul’s airport early on Monday morning, a U.S.official said, as the United States rushed to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan to end its longest war.
Australian state warns COVID-19 hospitalisations to peak in October
Australia’s most populous state New South Wales, the epicenter of its current COVID-19 outbreak, will hit a peak in intensive care hospitalisations in October as cases accumulate, amid reporting of a record daily rise in new infections on Monday.
Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocking out power in New Orleans
Hurricane Ida plowed into Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico as a fierce Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the coast with 150 mile-per-hour winds, torrential downpours and pounding surf that submerged much of the shoreline under several feet of water.
Biden to welcome Zelenskiy to White House on Wednesday
President Joe Biden will meet with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the White House on Wednesday in a show of solidarity between the two countries, the White House said on Sunday.
Japan’s retail sales extend gains but COVID-19 challenges persist
Japan’s retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in July, beating expectations as the consumer sector continued its recovery, although a coronavirus resurgence has cast doubts over the spending outlook.
Fortescue logs record bumper profit, dividend but management bonuses cut
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd reported its highest ever annual profit and dividend on Monday due to sky-high iron ore prices but senior management received a surprise cut to bonus payments.
Actor Ed Asner, star of ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ ‘Lou Grant’ dies at age 91 – family
Ed Asner, who played a gruff newsman for laughs and for drama in the classic TV series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Lou Grant” in the 1970s and 1980s and was honored with seven Emmy Awards, died on Sunday at age 91, his family said.
Play Ronaldo as a striker, says Rooney
Manchester United should play Cristiano Ronaldo as a striker if they are to get the best out of the 36-year-old, who has returned to the Premier League club after 12 years, former United captain Wayne Rooney said.
Osaka vows to celebrate her own accomplishments ahead of US Open title defense
Naomi Osaka said she intends to celebrate her own achievements more and will not worry about the expectations others place on her as she prepares to begin her U.S.
Open title defense.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
CDC advisers meet to discuss Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
Advisers to the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet to discuss recommendations for Pfizer’s fully licensed COVID-19 vaccine and to discuss a framework for evaluating the need for booster doses.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Afghanistan’s Gen Z fears for dreams of freedom
Used to a life with cellphones, pop music and mixing of genders, Afghanistan’s Generation Z – loosely defined as those born between 1995 and 2010 – now fears some freedoms will be taken away following the Taliban takeover of the country, according to interviews with Afghan students and young professionals.
30 Aug 02:00 ET / 06:00 GMT
Estonian parliament to decide on president
Extraordinary session of the Riigikogu for the election of the President of the Republic will be held on 30 August
30 Aug 06:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
Taiwan launches new English language news plaftorm
Taiwan launches a new government-backed English-language online news platform, TaiwanPlus, to give the island a greater voice on the international stage.
30 Aug 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
Denmark’s government publishes new forecasts for the economy
The Danish government provide its latest update on future economic growth.
30 Aug 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT