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  • SCIENCE: Rock find “rewrites” Australian human history (Graphic)
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Humans reached Australia 65,000 years ago

DARWIN -- New archaeological excavations of a rock shelter in Australia’s Northern Territory suggest humans reached the continent at least 18,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Many archaeologists previously believed humans arrived in Australia around 47,000 years ago but radiocarbon and luminescence dating of axheads and grinding stones determined a new minimum age of the artifacts.

Glider aims for new heights and rare data

EL CALAFATE -- The Airbus-sponsored Perlan II mission is in Argentina for a second year of flight operations in a bid to set a new glider altitude record by riding so-called “mountain waves.”

Iran plans land bridge to Mediterranean Sea

TEHRAN -- Iran is seeking to establish a land corridor to the Mediterranean to enlarge its regional influence and is building factories in Lebanon to supply Hezbollah with missiles.

70 years since the independence of India

DELHI -- India and Pakistan mark 70 years of independence from British rule on August 14-15. In 1947 the Indian flag was unfurled proudly by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian PM.

Netflix paying global audience surges

LOS GATOS -- Netflix is booming on the back of its subscribers outside of the United States. The streaming service added 9.9 million paid subscribers in the first six months of 2017.

Joint ESA-JAXA mission to Mercury

KOUROU -- A joint ESA- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spacecraft will become the third probe to visit Mercury. The BepiColombo spacecraft is set to launch in October 2018.

Trump’s approval rating plummets

WASHINGTON -- Six months into his presidency fewer than four in 10 of Americans (38 percent) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling the job.

Canada wildfires displace nearly 40,000

BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Nearly 40,000 Canadians have fled 178 forest fires east of Vancouver and north of Prince George since a state of emergency was declared on July 7.

Oct 1: Catalonia independence referendum

CATALONIA -- Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has called an independence referendum for October 1, challenging the Spanish government, which maintains such a vote is illegal.

Aug 30: Queensferry Crossing to open

EDINBURGH -- The new Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth will open on August 30 with 50,000 people walking over the £1.35 billion (€1.5bn) bridge in the opening event

Jul 28-30 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

MOTORSPORT -- The Hungaroring hosts the last Grand Prix before the short summer break, with Mercedes hoping they can regain some of the ground lost in recent races.

Jul 1-23: Tour de France hits the road

CYCLING -- The biggest annual sporting event in the world, with more live spectators than the Olympics, sets off, finishing 3,540km and three weeks later in Paris.

Jul 20-23 The Open golf at Royal Birkdale

GOLF -- The world’s greatest golfers will converge on the north west English coast, where the renowned and challenging links course will host the Open for a tenth time.

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