ENTERTAINMENT -- Holographic virtual avatars representing Swedish pop legends ABBA – dubbed “Abbatars” – are to be revealed in a global TV special in December, to be followed by a world tour in 2019-20.
LONDON -- Revelations that seven of the 15 suspects implicated in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi had close links to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman raises suspicions about what the prince knew.
YEMEN -- The United Nations is calling on the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in Yemen to halt airstrikes which are killing civilians and contributing to what could become “the worst famine in the world in 100 years.”
BRUSSELS -- The EU and Britain face a “moment of truth” for Brexit negotiations at a crunch summit Wednesday, where leaders will decide whether enough progress has been made in talks to warrant a special summit in November.
NEW YORK -- On October 30, 1938, with the world lurching towards World War II, Orson Welles caused mass panic in the U.S. when the now infamous live radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” was broadcast to an unsuspecting public.
AVIATION -- Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero, backed by aviation giants Boeing and JetBlue, is aiming to reshape regional air travel with its ZA10 – the first in a series of planned hybrid-electric commuter aircraft.
ISTANBUL -- The Washington Post reports that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared a week ago. The Saudi government has dismissed the allegation.
UNITED STATES -- The U.S. midterm elections take place every four years – midway through a president’s term in office. All 435 seats in the House and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested on November 6, 2018.
LONDON -- The UK has begun talks with Boeing to replace its fleet of ageing E-3 Sentry surveillance planes with the U.S. aerospace group’s more modern E-7 Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.
WASHINGTON -- Just weeks before midterm elections for control of the U.S. Congress, one in three registered voters do not know the name of their party’s congressional candidates in their districts, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found.
KOUROU -- A joint ESA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spacecraft will become the third probe to visit Mercury. The BepiColombo spacecraft - launching in October - will send two satellites to conduct complementary observations.
SPACE -- A luggage-sized satellite deployed from the International Space Station, called RemoveDEBRIS, is endeavouring to capture and make safe space junk using several different experimental techniques.
NORWAY -- Over 40,000 troops will converge on Norway for NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years. Dubbed Trident Juncture 18, the two-week drill will take place from October 25 to November 7 and include Finland and Sweden.
SOCCER -- Monaco travel to Strasbourg in Thierry Henry’s first game since being appointed manager of Monaco. Henry left his position as assistant coach with the Belgian national team to return to Ligue 1, France’s premier football competition.
F1 -- Lewis Hamilton will secure his fifth F1 crown if he outscores Sebastian Vettel by eight points in Austin. Hamilton has claimed the chequered flag at the last four races held in Texas, winning his 2015 title at the circuit.
F1 -- With a 67-point lead over title rival Sebastian Vettel, and with a maximum 100 points left in the season, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton could wrap up the Drivers’ Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
TENNIS -- The world’s top eight women tennis players contest the season-ending WTA Finals at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium. From 2019-28, the Chinese city of Shenzhen takes over hosting duties for the most prestigious event on the WTA calendar.
SKIING -- The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the premier international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, taking place at more than 30 venues in 12 countries. The season concludes in March at the finals in Soldeu, Andorra.