HEALTH -- India has become the latest country after the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in a global move over health concerns about vaping. The ban also covers the production, import and advertising of e-cigarettes.
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MIDEAST -- Saudi Arabia has displayed wreckage from alleged weapons, claiming that 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were used to attack Saudi oil installations, and the attacks couldn’t have been launched from Yemen.
BUSINESS -- President Donald Trump has claimed that the U.S. has become such a significant oil producer, it no longer needs crude from the Middle East. Since 2017 oil production has risen by almost a third.
POLITICS -- After failing to secure a clear election victory for the second time in five months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must wait to learn if he can stay in office, or whether he must step aside.
TECH -- Apple Arcade is a $4.99 monthly subscription service offering gamers cross-platform access to dozens of video games. The service will launch on Thursday with 53 titles, and new games every week.
GAMING -- Nintendo’s much-anticipated remake of “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” goes on sale September 20. Zelda originally came out on Game Boy in 1993, with a re-release on Game Boy Color in 1998.
TECH -- Yates Electrospace Corporation has unveiled the “Silent Arrow” cargo delivery drone – an autonomous aircraft which can deliver up to 740kg of supplies to the battlefield, or relief aid to ravaged communities.
UNITED STATES -- The official U.S. poverty rate in 2018 was 11.8 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from 12.3 percent in 2017 – the fourth consecutive annual decline in poverty and a return to pre-recession lows.
HEALTH -- The Trump administration has said that it would ban the sale of most flavoured e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious lung illnesses and teenage vaping continues to rise.
MIDDLE EAST -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley, a large swathe of the occupied West Bank, if he wins a closely contested election just a week away.
POLITICS -- Sixteen candidates will stand against President Ashraf Ghani in the first round of Afghanistan’s presidential election on September 28. Candidates include warlords, former communists, mujahideen and Taliban.
HEALTH -- Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year – more than are killed by war or homicide, according to the World Health Organisation. 79% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.
HISTORY -- A prank Facebook post entitled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” triggered almost two million people to sign up, and has become twin music festivals near the secret military facility.
RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. A total of 48 matches will be played at 12 venues over six weeks, culminating in the final at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
F1 -- Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will be bidding for a hat-trick of victories at the Marina Bay circuit after winning the last two Singapore GPs. Formula One’s only night race is the fourteenth round of the F1 season.
SOCCER -- The season kicks off on September 17 and culminates with the final at Turkey’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 30, 2020, the second time Istanbul has played host, after current champions Liverpool defeated AC Milan there in 2005.
CYCLING -- The UCI Road World Championships take place in North Yorkshire, preceded for the first time by the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International – a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
SOCCER -- Leicester clash with Tottenham as both teams bid to keep up with table-topping Liverpool who go to Chelsea in a stern test of their title credentials, while Manchester City take on struggling Watford.