Soccer season 2018-19

Kerala flood camps face risk of disease

KERALA -- Although the monsoon rains in India’s flood-stricken state of Kerala have eased, more than 200,000 people in relief camps now face the risk of water-borne and air-borne diseases.

Hostage diplomacy drives Turkish lira crisis

ANKARA -- The diplomatic row between the U.S. and Turkey centres on the detention of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson and the extradition from America of Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused of a coup attempt in 2016.

House races to watch in U.S. midterm elections

WASHINGTON -- Democrats must gain at least 23 Republican-held seats to take control of the 435-seat U.S. House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections. Success would probably stop all Trump legislation.

U.S. sells $42bn in weapons in 2017

WASHINGTON -- America sold more weapons in the first six months of 2018 than all of fiscal 2017, signing off on $46.9 billion in weapons sales to foreign partners and allies – surging past the 2017 total of $41.9 billion.

Genoa bridge fallout could hit Benetton

GENOA -- The Benetton family controls Edizione -- one of Italy’s most significant business groups -- with interests spanning infrastructure, catering, telecoms and finance as well as their well-known clothing brand.

Magic Leap’s expensive but magical AR graphics

TECH -- The Magic Leap One augmented reality -- under development for eight years and often derided as fiction by naysayers tired of its non-appearance -- has finally arrived. The headset sells for $2,295.

“Movement” to boost EU’s populists

BRUSSELS -- Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon plans to use a Brussels-based foundation named The Movement to support populist far-right parties in next spring’s European Parliament elections.

How WWI changed the map of Europe

HISTORY -- The map of Europe underwent drastic revision after World War I. The defeated Central Powers suffered huge territorial losses, and new independent countries were born, from Finland to Yugoslavia.


Aug 25-Sep 16: La Vuelta a España

CYCLING -- The 73rd 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 3,250km.

Aug 24-26: MotoGP British Grand Prix

MOTOGP -- The 12th round of the 2018 MotoGP season takes place at Silverstone Circuit, England, with Marc Marquez leading the World Championship by almost 60 points over Valentino Rossi.

English Premier League season

SOCCER -- Champions Manchester City top the table again after two games with just goal difference separating them from Chelsea, Spurs, Watford and Bournemouth, while Liverpool face Crystal Palace on Monday

Aug 27-Sep 9: U.S. Open 50th anniversary

TENNIS -- The 2018 U.S. Open celebrates 50 years of tennis in the Open era with the completion of a $550 million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.

Aug 24-26: F1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

F1 -- Formula 1 returns from its summer break when the Belgian GP takes place at the historic Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, which hosted its first GP in 1924 and remains a favourite of drivers and fans.

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