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Rugby World Cup 2019


Political scenarios for Italy after PM quits

ITALY -- Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella is consulting with parliamentary groups to form a new coalition following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Consultations will continue through Thursday.

French tourist spot lockdown for G7 summit

POLITICS -- Road, rail, maritime and air traffic restrictions will impact France’s tourist hotspot of Biarritz as the city hosts the 45th G7 summit from August 24-26. 10,000 security forces have been deployed to protect the world leaders.


Italy’s PM Conte quits ahead of G7

POLITICS -- The G7, formerly G8 before Russia was kicked out for the annexation of Crimea in 2014, was set up in 1975 as an informal forum bringing together the leaders of the world’s leading industrial nations.


U.S.-Turkey safe zone plan in northern Syria

SYRIA -- The United States and Turkey are planning to establish a safe area in northern Syria for refugees fleeing conflict in the war-torn country. Iran, a close ally of Syria, has called the plan “provocative and worrisome.”

Splits in Yemen’s anti-Houthi alliance

POLITICS -- Clashes between Saudi Arabian-backed forces of the exiled government of Yemen and the United Arab Emirates-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC) threaten to fracture the Saudi-UAE coalition.


Titanic finder in search for Amelia Earhart

AVIATION -- Oceanographer Robert Ballard, famous for discovering the wrecks of the Titanic and Bismarck, is conducting a new search in the Pacific Ocean for missing aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane.


Two Ebola treatments cut deaths in trial

MEDICAL -- Clinical trials conducted amid an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have identified two new drugs that can dramatically cut mortality from the disease.

Russian nuclear agency admits role in blast

RUSSIA -- Russian officials have released some information about a mysterious blast on a platform in the White Sea off northern Russia that caused a radiation spike in a nearby city and killed five nuclear scientists.


Flyboard Air could have military applications

TECH -- A jet-powered hoverboard, made famous by inventor Franky Zapata’s show-stealing appearance in Paris and successful flight across the English Channel, is undergoing suitability tests by the U.S. and French military.

UN raises aid appeal for Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE -- The United Nations has increased its aid appeal for Zimbabwe to $331.5 million to help it recover from a drought that has decimated harvests and threatened millions with starvation.


Improved iPhone to focus on camera in 2019

TECH -- Apple is rumoured to be revealing its annual iOS and iPhone upgrades - expected to focus on a new camera - on Tuesday, September 10, with a likely launch date of Friday, September 20.

Greta Thunberg sailing across Atlantic

CLIMATE CHANGE -- Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16, who refuses to fly because of the environmental impact of air travel, will cross the Atlantic in a zero-carbon vessel to attend two key UN summits on global warming.


NASA’s Artemis Moon mission plans

SPACE -- Half a century after NASA sent men to the moon under project “Apollo”, the space agency is now working to land men and women on the lunar surface as part of its “Artemis” programme.


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Aug 26: U.S. Open tennis at Flushing Meadows

TENNIS -- The 139th U.S. Open takes place in New York, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer heading the men’s seeds for the fourth successive Grand Slam tournament.

Aug 24-Sep 15: La Vuelta a España 2019 cycling

CYCLING -- The 74th edition of the Vuelta a España, cycling’s final Grand Tour of the year, will feature more than three weeks of racing and 21 stages, covering a distance of more than 3,270km.


Sep 20-Nov 2: Rugby World Cup 2019

RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. The 2019 tournament marks the first time that the showpiece has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.

Aug 25: British MotoGP at Silverstone

MOTOGP -- Honda Repsol’s Marc Marquez sits at the top of the Championship standings ahead of the 12th round of the MotoGP season at the Silverstone Circuit, with second-placed Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati 58 points behind.


Aug 20-21: Champions League play-off draw

SOCCER -- The draw for the play-offs for the 2019-20 Champions League sees 22 teams battle to secure one of just six remaining berths in the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage. The play-off round matches take place Aug 20-21 and Aug 27-28.

Aug-May: European soccer 2019-20

SOCCER -- Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga kick off on August 18, with the first Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid scheduled for October 28, while the German Bundesliga opens on August 24.



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