ITALY -- Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella is consulting with parliamentary groups to form a new coalition following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Consultations will continue through Thursday.
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POLITICS -- Road, rail, maritime and air traffic restrictions will impact France’s tourist hotspot of Biarritz as the city hosts the 45th G7 summit from August 24-26. 10,000 security forces have been deployed to protect the world leaders.
POLITICS -- The G7, formerly G8 before Russia was kicked out for the annexation of Crimea in 2014, was set up in 1975 as an informal forum bringing together the leaders of the world’s leading industrial nations.
MIDEAST -- An Iranian tanker at the centre of a standoff between the U.S. and Iran is set to drag Greece into the dispute, having set sail for Kalamata after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar.
SYRIA -- The United States and Turkey are planning to establish a safe area in northern Syria for refugees fleeing conflict in the war-torn country. Iran, a close ally of Syria, has called the plan “provocative and worrisome.”
POLITICS -- Clashes between Saudi Arabian-backed forces of the exiled government of Yemen and the United Arab Emirates-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC) threaten to fracture the Saudi-UAE coalition.
RUSSIA -- Russian officials have released some information about a mysterious blast on a platform in the White Sea off northern Russia that caused a radiation spike in a nearby city and killed five nuclear scientists.
TECH -- A jet-powered hoverboard, made famous by inventor Franky Zapata’s show-stealing appearance in Paris and successful flight across the English Channel, is undergoing suitability tests by the U.S. and French military.
CLIMATE CHANGE -- Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16, who refuses to fly because of the environmental impact of air travel, will cross the Atlantic in a zero-carbon vessel to attend two key UN summits on global warming.
RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. The 2019 tournament marks the first time that the showpiece has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.
MOTOGP -- Honda Repsol’s Marc Marquez sits at the top of the Championship standings ahead of the 12th round of the MotoGP season at the Silverstone Circuit, with second-placed Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati 58 points behind.
SOCCER -- The draw for the play-offs for the 2019-20 Champions League sees 22 teams battle to secure one of just six remaining berths in the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage. The play-off round matches take place Aug 20-21 and Aug 27-28.