• YEAR END: Sport in review 2017 interactive (Interactive)
  • BUSINESS: Disney’s 21st-century acquisitions (Graphic)
  • AVIATION: MiG-15 anniversary (Graphic)
  • YEAR END: Top toys and tech for 2017 (Graphic DUE Dec 15, 16:00GMT)
  • Further details: See Index - Planning

Year end package

70th anniversary of MiG-15 first flight

MOSCOW -- The Soviet fighter jet that shocked the West during the Korean War, the MiG-15, was flown for the first time on December 30, 1947 -- it is still believed to be in service in North Korea.

On one day in October 1951, MiG-15s took out six of nine U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress bombers attacking an air base in North Korea. By 1956, more than 15,000 MiG-15s were manufactured in the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the People’s Republic of China.

Disney’s 21st-century acquisitions

LOS ANGELES -- Disney CEO Bob Iger’s $66.1 billion deal to buy film, TV and other assets of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox will create the world’s biggest entertainment company with a market value of $166bn.

Rohingya Muslims killed in Myanmar

COX’S BAZAAR -- At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including 1,200 children, were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in August.

Dec 16-20: Top candidates in ANC leadership race

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) is to choose a new leader at their 54th national elective conference, with Cyril Ramaphosa in a two-horse race with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Scientific achievements of 2017

LONDON -- This year saw scientists name a new type of cosmic object — a synestia – while a prototype device pulls water from dry air and researchers at Harvard University create metallic hydrogen.

News preview of 2018 – print version

LONDON -- Elections take place in the U.S., Russia, Italy, Mexico, Brazil and DR Congo, Cuba’s leader Raúl Castro steps down, the Winter Olympics take place and the FIFA World Cup is staged in Russia.

News review of 2017 – print version

LONDON -- Events include the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Xi Jinping consolidating his power in China, and North Korea stoking nuclear fears with regular missile launches.

News review of 2017 – web version

LONDON -- So-called Islamic State lost much of its territory in Iraq and Syria, but it inspired terror attacks in multiple countries. Catalonia pushed for independence and Britain began the Brexit process.

New movie releases in 2018 – print version

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood studios are promising 2018 will deliver a box office bonanza with movies from directors Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, the Russo brothers, Brad Bird, Etan Cohen and Gary Ross.

New movie releases in 2018 – web version

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood studios are promising 2018 will deliver a box office bonanza with movies from directors Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, the Russo brothers, Brad Bird, Christopher McQuarrie, Etan Cohen and Gary Ross.

The fight for supremacy in music streaming

LONDON -- Global subscribers of music streaming services soared by 30 million in the first six months of 2017, as Amazon became the third largest music streaming provider behind Apple and Spotify.

Dec 21: Catalan election too close to call

BARCELONA -- Catalans go to the polls following the independence referendum and imposition of direct rule by Madrid. The vote is being held with separatist candidates either in exile or in jail.

Democrat wins Alabama Senate seat

BIRMINGHAM -- Democrat Doug Jones has emerged as the winner of a U.S. Senate seat for Alabama narrowly beating Republican Roy Moore. The victory cuts the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.

Turkey’s $2bn missile deal with Russia

MOSCOW -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his government is close to finalising a $2bn deal to buy Russia’s S-400 missile defence system, with financing from Moscow.

Trump to dedicate new U.S. Embassy in London

LONDON -- A new U.S. Embassy will be dedicated by President Trump in London in early 2018. The visit will not be given the pomp and ceremony of a State Visit and he will not stay at Buckingham Palace.

U.S. Vice President Pence’s MidEast trip

JERUSALEM -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Middle East for three days starting Sunday, amid anger over President Trump’s declaration recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

First rise in arms sales since 2010, says SIPRI

SOLNA -- In 2016 the world’s 100 largest armaments manufacturers sold US$374.8 billion of weapons and weapons systems, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Evangelicals back Trump on Jerusalem

WASHINGTON -- Polls show that more than six in 10 Americans oppose President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, while white evangelicals embrace the move.

No end in sight for Yemen war

GENEVA -- Yemen's civil war has been raging since 2015 and has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated 75% of the population are in need of assistance, according to the UN.

New “Out Of Africa” exodus theory

NEW YORK -- Advances in DNA analysis challenge the traditional “Out of Africa” model that modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago.

U.S. spending billions to deter North Korean attack

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is responding to the threat of a North Korean attack by spending $12.4 billion on existing defence systems and new strategies to defeat Pyongyang’s long-range missiles.

MQ-4C Triton prepped for service from Guam

GUAM -- The U.S. is to deploy its largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the MQ-4C Triton, to the Pacific island of Guam for the first time, amid ongoing tensions with North Korea and China.

McLaren’s 720S supercar

MOTORING -- The McLaren 720S’s computer control – including pressure transducers in the hydraulic suspension lines and accelerometers in the wheel hubs – adjusts moving parts as needed.

North Korea’s missile is new type of ICBM

PYONGYANG -- North Korea appears to have developed a missile capable of delivering a weapon anywhere in the U.S. and it could be only two or three tests away from being declared combat ready.

Dec: Moon Express to test its moon probe

CAPE CANAVERAL -- Startup aerospace company Moon Express plans to launch its MX-1E lunar lander from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December, in a bid to win the Google Lunar X Prize.

Winter Olympics 2018

Dec 11: Champions League Last 16 draw

SOCCER -- Ties of the round include reigning champions Real Madrid taking on competition heavyweights PSG, Chelsea renewing rivalries with Barcelona, and Juventus taking on Tottenham Hotspur.

Dec 11: Europa League Last 32 draw

SOCCER -- Napoli, Borrusia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, drop down from the Champions League to take on Red Bull Leipzig, Atalanta, and FC Copenhagen respectively.

Jan 6-20: Dakar Rally crosses South America

MOTORSPORT -- The rally’s 40th edition, and 10th to be held in South America, spans three countries, 14 stages and 9,000km, beginning in Lima and crossing Bolivia before reaching Córdoba, Argentina.

Dec 6-16: FIFA Club World Cup 2017

SOCCER -- Champions from the six continental competitions, plus Al Jazira Club representing the hosts, the United Arab Emirates, compete to become the Champion of Champions at the FIFA Club World Cup.

PGA European Tour tees off for 2018

GOLF -- The European Tour gets underway with the Hong Kong Open, the first of 49 tournaments in 26 countries culminating in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Over 200 Olympic medals to be won in 2018

PYEONGCHANG -- The Winter Olympic Games in South Korea will see 222 medals awarded, with Snowboard Big Air, Mixed Doubles Curling and the dramatic Mass Start Speed Skating among new events.

FIFA unveil World Cup match ball

SOCCER -- FIFA have unveiled the official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Adidas Telstar 2018, a modern interpretation of the iconic Telstar ball that featured in the 1970 and 1974 Finals.

Dec 12-13: English Premier League 2017-18

SOCCER -- Manchester City could seal a record 15th win when they face struggling Swansea, while Manchester Utd will look to bounce back from their derby defeat when they host Bournemouth.

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