Japan braces for election-day typhoon

WEATHER -- Typhoon Lan, a category 1 typhoon, with heavy rains and powerful winds is expected to hit southern Japan on Sunday when the nation holds a national election.

Authorities in Okinawa have moved the voting date to Saturday on some remote islands. According to the Tropical Storm Risk website, the typhoon is expected to strengthen to category 3, but weaken again by the time it passes Tokyo on Monday.


Oct 25: 100 years since October Revolution

HISTORY -- A century ago the Russian Revolution – an attempt to create a more just nation – sealed the fate of the Romanov dynasty, formed the Soviet Union and led to more than 70 years of communist rule.

Spain set to override Catalonia’s autonomy

BARCELONA -- Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday will trigger Article 155 of the constitution, allowing direct rule of Catalonia from Madrid for the first time in 40 years of democracy.


Bell V-280 Valor factfile

AVIATION -- Bell Helicopter’s advanced V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype, developed to replace the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters, is scheduled to make its maiden flight before the end of 2017.


European new car sales boost

BRUSSELS -- Over the first nine months of 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive in the EU and EFTA (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), with more than 12 million new vehicles registered.


Iraqi forces nearing Kirkuk

IRAQ -- Iraqi security forces are advancing on the oil-rich city of Kirkuk as they seek to reclaim areas taken by Kurdish militias in 2014. The Kurds recently voted for independence from Iraq.

Austria snap election results

VIENNA -- The conservative People’s Party, led by Sebastian Kurz, has won 61 seats in Austria’s 183-seat National Council. Kurz is likely to form a coalition with the Freedom Party.


Apartment costs around the world

LONDON -- Analysis of the cost of living space around the world by RENTCafé reveals the size of apartment you can rent for $1,500 per month. The most expensive location is Manhattan.

Ireland braced for worst storm in 50 years

DUBLIN -- Irish authorities warn that lives may be endangered as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia batter the country and parts of the western UK in one of the worst storms to hit the region in 50 years.


Norway seeks “Tesla tax” on electric cars

OSLO -- Norway – a world leader in zero-emission vehicles – is proposing a one-off tax that will hit owners of large electric cars which have hitherto been exempt from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles.

Oct 18: Communist Party Congress

BEIJING -- China’s Communist Party Congress will start on October 18 with five of the seven members of the most powerful ruling body due to retire in a massive leadership change.


Turkish troops cross into Idlib province

SYRIA -- Turkey has sent troops across the border into Syria’s Idlib province as part of a joint mission with Russia to monitor a de-escalation agreement and clear the region of Al-Qaeda-linked extremists.


Iran warns of response to new U.S. sanctions

TEHRAN -- The chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards is warning that U.S. regional military bases would be at risk of an Iranian missile attack if Washington imposes new sanctions against Tehran.

Nile dam leaves Egypt fearing for its lifeline

ETHIOPIA -- Ethiopia is finalizing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, before filling the giant reservoir behind it to power Africa’s largest hydroelectric project.


Storytelling software for websites infographic
Storytelling software for websites

NEWS DESIGN -- This interactive and responsive product combines text, images, and graphics to expand from printed “graphics in a box” to visual storytelling for tablet and smartphone.

SND: The very best of news design infographic
SND: The very best of news design

NOVEMBER 3 -- Some of the world’s best news designers will be in London to discuss their work and their enthusiasms, including Søren Nyeland (Politiken) and Matt Willey (New York Times). Find out more


FIFA World Cup 2018 European play-offs

SOCCER -- Eight teams -- Sweden v Italy, Croatia v Greece, Denmark v Republic of Ireland, and N. Ireland v Switzerland -- play off for the final four European places in the FIFA World Cup.

July 7: Tour de France 2018 route released

CYCLING -- The 2018 Tour starts -- a week later than usual due to the FIFA World Cup -- in the Vendée region and ends three weeks later in Paris with the traditional circuits of the Champs Elysées.


Oct 24-Nov 1: MLB World Series champions

BASEBALL -- The 113th edition of Major League Baseball’s World Series gets underway, a best-of-seven playoff between the champion teams of the National and American Leagues.

Oct 22-29: Singapore hosts WTA Finals

TENNIS -- The world’s top eight women clash at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium, with Simona Halep aiming to win her first WTA Tour Championships title to finish the season as World Number 1.


Oct 26-Dec 2: Rugby League World Cup

RUGBY -- Fourteen teams will contest theOct 26-Dec 2: Rugby League World Cup world championship in the 13-man code in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, currently held by Australia.


Oct 20-22: U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas

F1 -- With his title hopes all but over, Sebastian Vettel, lap record holder at the Circuit of the Americas, will be aiming to stop Lewis Hamilton sealing his fourth consecutive victory on this track.

Oct 14-16: English Premier League 2017-18

SOCCER -- Free-scoring Manchester City host Burnley, high-flying Watford face Chelsea, and in two North London-Merseyside clashes, Spurs take on Liverpool and Arsenal go to Everton.



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