Soccer season 2018-19
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.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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