Motorsports 2019

Mar 31: Ukrainian presidential election

KIEV -- Television comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the frontrunner in Ukraine’s presidential election race, but opinion polls suggest that no candidate will get close to the 50 percent of votes needed to win in a first round.

Incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko are currently trailing Zelenskiy in second and third places, although polls differ on who is in the stronger position.

Golan Heights claimed by Israel and Syria

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has backed Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights, upending decades of U.S. policy and boosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign.

Apr 7: Rwanda genocide remembered

RWANDA -- Over just 100 days in 1994, ethnic Hutu extremists killed around 800,000 people in an attempt to exterminate Rwanda’s minority Tutsi community, which had long dominated the country.

Karadzic to spend rest of life behind bars

THE HAGUE -- UN judges have increased the sentence of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, 73, to life in prison. Karadzic had appealed his 2016 convictions for genocide and war crimes.

Google launches Stadia game-changer

TECH -- Google has unveiled a new cloud gaming platform called “Stadia” which promises to bring console-quality games to multiple devices, streaming to TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction

BEIRA -- Cyclone Idai has devastated much of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, impacting over 2.6m people in what could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere.

Finland’s demographic timebomb

HELSINKI -- Finland faces growing pressures of an ageing and shrinking population, with one in three people being older than 65 by 2070. The nation saw its death rate eclipse its birth rate in 2016.

Apr 4: NATO marks 70th birthday

BRUSSELS -- Greater “burden sharing” is set to be a theme of the NATO summit in Brussels, with just eight of the alliance’s 29 members living up to their commitments to spend at least two percent of GDP on defence.

Boeing faces massive MAX bill

CHICAGO -- The Boeing 737 MAX has been a commercial triumph with more than 5,000 cumulative orders, but with the entire fleet now grounded Boeing must reimburse carriers scrambling to find replacement aircraft.

Three dead in Utrecht shooting

UTRECHT -- Three people were killed and five others injured in a shooting in a tram in the Dutch city, in a possible terrorist attack. Police arrested the suspect, believed to be a 37-year-old man of Turkish origin.

First stage of Sydney Metro to open

SYDNEY -- Sydney Metro Northwest, the first stage of the railway billed as the country’s biggest public transport project, will begin service as early as April in the congested and sprawling capital of New South Wales.

Overriding Boeing 737 MAX software

SEATTLE -- Boeing is to add redundancy and other limits to its 737 MAX’s fly-by-wire software, so it is less likely to command nose-dives to counter aerodynamic stall when no such danger exists.

No-deal Brexit tariffs revealed

LONDON -- The UK will eliminate import tariffs on a wide range of goods and keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland free of customs checks if it leaves the European Union with a no-deal Brexit.

Beto O’Rourke joins U.S. presidential race

U.S. -- Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced that he will seek the 2020 presidential nomination, joining the sprawling field of Democrats vying for the chance to run against President Trump.

More than 11 million Syrians displaced

UNITED NATIONS -- More than 5.6 million of Syria’s population are seeking refuge abroad, while another 5.7 million remain internally displaced from their homes, as the Syrian civil war enters its ninth year.

Countdown to LightSail 2 “flight by light”

CAPE CANAVERAL -- The much-delayed LightSail 2 is a project to demonstrate controlled solar sailing using a miniature CubeSat satellite. It is due to launch from the Kennedy Space Center sometime in April.

Russia to test Sarmat heavy ICBM

MOSCOW -- Russia’s new intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM), the super-heavy thermonuclear-armed RS-28 Sarmat, is due to make its first test flight early this year.

Apr 11- May 19: India holds world’s largest poll

NEW DELHI -- India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP against a raft of opposition parties under the Indian National Congress banner. Around 900 million people will vote during the five-week election.

Uncertain fate for IS fighters and families

LONDON -- As the final territory held by so-called Islamic State is recaptured in Syria, the international community is faced with the question of what to do with returning foreign fighters and their families.

Brazil to join nuclear-powered sub club

ITAGUAI -- Within a decade Brazil could become just the seventh nation with a nuclear-powered submarine, the culmination of an $8.9bn programme that includes five attack submersibles built with French technology.

Russian cyber threat to EU elections

BRUSSELS -- European political institutions are shoring up their defences to stop Russian attempts to try to influence the European Parliament elections by hacking into institutions and spreading fake news.

Mar 24: Remembering the Exxon Valdez disaster

ALASKA -- Thirty years ago the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 41 million litres of crude oil off the coast of Alaska, causing an ecological disaste, fouling more than 1,600km of coastline and killing hundreds of thousands of animals.


Mar 30: Dubai World Cup horseracing

HORSE RACING -- The 24th running of the world’s richest raceday, including the $12 million Dubai World Cup, takes place at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

Apr 11-14: U.S. Masters at Augusta National

GOLF -- The 83rd U.S. Masters Tournament takes place at Augusta National Golf Club, where Patrick Reed will defend his first major title, while Dustin Johnson, the world number one, will be aiming for his first green jacket.

Mar 31: MotoGP second round in Argentina

MOTOGP -- Second round of the 2019 MotoGP season, at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. Andrea Dovisioso has taken an early lead in the Championship race with 5-time champion Marc Marquez just behind.

Mar 28: MLB Opening Day fixtures

BASEBALL -- The traditional Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season, staged on the earliest date in its 150-year history, features all 30 teams for the second successive year.

Mar 21-23: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying gets underway

SOCCER -- The opening qualifying matches for the Euro 2020 European Championships kick off, played in 12 cities across Europe. Each matchday features 25 matches across 10 different groups over three days.

Mar 29-31: F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

F1 -- Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has taken an early lead in the Championship ahead of thehe Bahrain Grand Prix, the second race of the Formula One 2019 season, takes place at Sakhir circuit.

Mar 23: Formula E Round 6 - Sanya, China

FORMULA E -- Formula E returns to mainland China for the first time since Beijing in 2015, with round 6 of the fully electric, single-seater street racing series staged in Sanya, on Hainan Island.

Mar 29-31: F1 Championship standings

F1 -- The new F1 season commences with the Australian Grand Prix, with 10 teams - and the return of some familiar faces - lining up on the grid, taking in 20 races and concluding in Abu Dhabi in December.

Mar 30-Apr 1: English Premier League season

SOCCER -- Liverpool, facing third-placed Tottenham, vie to stay ahead of Manchester City, who visit Fulham, while in the battle for fourth place, Arsenal host Newcastle and Manchester Utd take on Watford.

Sep 20-Nov 2: Rugby World Cup 2019

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

Mar 15: Champions League Quarter-final draw

SOCCER -- Favourites Barcelona clash with Manchester Utd, Manchester City face Premier League rivals Tottenham, Liverpool meet Porto and Ajax take on Juventus. First leg matches take place on April 9/10.

Mar 15: Europa League Quarter-final draw

SOCCER -- Spanish rivals Villareal and Valencia clash, London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea face Napoli and Slavia Prague respectively, and Benfica meet Eintracht Frankfurt. First leg matches take place on April 11.

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