Dire straits for Islamic State finances

LONDON -- A study of the finances of so-called Islamic State reveals that the group’s loss of territory has led to a dramatic decline of income since 2014.

Though exact figures are murky, the researchers from King's College in London, together with auditing firm Ernst & Young assessed information, including leaked documents, about IS finances. They found that the group took in $870 million last year, which is approximately 50 percent less income than in 2014.



Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered

LONDON -- Seven Earth-sized exoplanets have been discovered orbiting an ultracool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1, which is located 12 parsecs (about 39 light years) from the Sun.


Famine looms in four countries

NEW YORK -- Almost 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk” of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, according to UN children’s agency UNICEF.



India to test second-strike capable missile

NEW DELHI -- India, is set to conduct a test of its new K-4 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It is expected to have a range of 3,500km (2,174 miles).

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New radar probe in King Tut’s tomb

CAIRO -- A fresh probe using next-generation radar technology will start this month, aiming to find out once and for all if another burial site lies in King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Zealandia – eighth continent under New Zealand?

BOULDER -- Geologists claim that a vast landmass almost entirely submerged in the south-west Pacific, is distinct enough to constitute a separate continent -- five million-square-kilometre Zealandia.






Motorsports 2017


Mar 14-17: Cheltenham Festival racing

CHELTENHAM -- One of the most prestigious events in world horse racing takes place in Gloucestershire, England, reaching its climax with the Gold Cup on Friday.


Feb 26: Tokyo opens Marathon season

TOKYO -- 35,000 runners will compete in the opening race of the World Marathon Majors. Helah Kiprop of Kenya won the women’s event last year in a course record 2:21:27.


Mar 26: MotoGP season opens in Qatar

LOSAIL -- Twelve teams, including Repsol Honda and reigning champion Marc Marquez, will contest the MotoGP World Championship over 18 Grands Prix.


Mar 9-12: Mexico Rally climbs test new cars

MEXICO CITY -- The new-generation WRC cars will be tested to the maximum in their first race on gravel, with climbs up to 2,737m, where engines lose 20% of their power in the thin air.

Mar 26: F1 season starts without champion

MELBOURNE -- Following the retirement of Nico Rosberg, the Formula One World Championship will start without its reigning champion for the first time since Alain Prost in 1994.


Feb 23: Super Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The southern hemisphere’s top rugby union club tournament kicks off, with the Hurricanes looking to defend their title. The final takes place on August 5.

2018: PyeongChang Winter Olympics

SOUTH KOREA -- From February 9, 2018, the city of PyeongChang will welcome athletes from nearly 100 nations for the first Winter Olympics to be held on South Korean soil.



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