FIFA World Cup 2018

May 22: YouTube Music service debuts

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google’s parent company Alphabet is entering the fiercely contested music streaming battleground with its “YouTube Music” service, competing with Spotify and Apple Music.

As announced last week, there are two services being launched: YouTube Music which will have a free, ad-supported tier, and the Premium services -- YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium.

World Agenda for June – print version

LONDON -- Each month Graphic News moves a World Agenda -- an illustrated diary of upcoming events -- as well as a Sports Diary. Both graphics are available in print and responsive web format.

World Agenda for June – interactive version

LONDON -- The World Agenda gives a preview of events scheduled for June, such as the possible summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, the G7 summit in Canada, and the FIFA World Cup.

Giuseppe Conte proposed as Italy’s PM

ROME -- Giuseppe Conte, a law professor with scant political experience, has been picked as the candidate for prime minister by Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League.

Mount Kilauea lava reaches Pacific Ocean

HAWAII -- A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean and launching lava skywards.

Sweden tests world’s first electrified road

TRANSPORT -- Sweden is testing the first road of its kind that can charge a vehicle as it drives along. The state-funded scheme, named eRoadArlanda, could potentially help cut the high cost of electric cars.

Venezuela’s Maduro wins second term

CARACAS -- Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by the boycott of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition and claims of vote-rigging.

Jun 5: 50 years since Robert Kennedy assassination

U.S. -- Fifty years ago, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and fatally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, hours after winning the California presidential primaries in the 1968 election. He died in the early hours of the next day.

China’s “debt-trap diplomacy” threat

BEIJING -- China is funding dual-use infrastructure projects from the Pacific to the Horn of Africa, fuelling “debt traps” that will give Beijing leverage to gain strategic and military power.

Jun 12: Opening set for TANAP gas pipeline

SAN FOCA -- The Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) – set to bring Azeri natural gas to Turkey and the EU – is the central link in the so-called Southern Gas Corridor aimed at reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian supplies.

EU talks on saving Iran nuclear deal

BRUSSELS -- Foreign ministers from Germany, France and Britain will meet in Brussels on Tuesday evening to find a way to save the Iran nuclear deal after U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord.

EU’s bilateral trade with Iran at risk

BRUSSELS -- Europe moved swiftly to revive economic relations with Iran after a deal to dismantle the country’s nuclear weapons programme was verified in January 2016, ending years of crippling international sanctions.

EU braces for secondary sanctions from U.S.

LONDON -- EU companies face secondary sanctions from the White House over trade deals with Iran. Secondary sanctions cut off foreign businesses from the U.S. financial system, making them unattractive business partners.

Kim borrows from Trump’s playbook

SINGAPORE -- In 2017, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was given a copy of Donald Trump’s 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, in which Trump lays out winning tactics to stick to during negotiations.

Jun 12: Singapore to host Trump-Kim summit

SINGAPORE -- Singapore’s diplomatic ties with North Korea and its proximity made the Southeast Asian city-state a natural choice for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Formula 1

May 26: Real v Reds in Champions League Final

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Real Madrid are aiming to become first team to win three successive titles, while Liverpool are hoping to win a sixth European Cup in their first final since losing to AC Milan in 2007.

May 25-27: F1 Monaco Grand Prix

F1 -- After notching up his first victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix, F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has seen a return to form in the time for the blue riband Monaco GP.

May 18-20: MotoGP French Grand Prix

MOTOGP -- Fifth round of the 2018 MotoGP season, the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, takes place at Le Mans circuit, France, with Honda’s Marc Marquez once again leading the Drivers’ Championship.

May 19: FA Cup Final - Chelsea face Man Utd

SOCCER -- The final of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest association football competition, will be contested this year by 8-time winners Chelsea and Manchester United, seeking a record-equalling 13th victory.

May 4-27: Giro d’Italia enters the mountains

CYCLING -- After starting in Jerusalem, Israel - the first Grand Tour to start outside Europe - the riders now face the first of the mountain stages. The Giro ends in Rome for only the fourth time in its history.

Jun 14-Jul 15: FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

SOCCER -- The FIFA World Cup kicks off, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. Host nation Russia open the tournament in Moscow, with the final at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

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