POLITICS -- British voters are heading to the polls for the third time in less than four years after lawmakers backed Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for a snap election just two weeks before Christmas.
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POLITICS -- British political parties will try to win the constituencies which had the smallest majorities in the 2017 election. Here are the top 34 most marginal seats around the UK which parties will target in a snap poll on December 12.
MILITARY -- Cost-sharing talks between the U.S. and South Korea have broken down over President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion for hosting U.S. troops, raising questions about the stability of the alliances.
POLITICS -- With the UK deeply divided over Brexit, how people voted in the 2016 referendum is key to which party they will support in the snap election called by Boris Johnson. The British public will head to the polls on December 12.
TECH -- Tech giant Google is launching gaming service Stadia on Tuesday, which allows gamers to jump into the latest titles with little more than a decent broadband connection and a Google Chrome browser.
POLITICS -- Large-scale anti-government demonstrations, triggered by economic discontent, corruption and alleged electoral fraud, are taking place on every continent. The street has become the only way to exercise “people power.”
RELIGION -- Pope Francis makes his fourth visit to Asia and is expected to speak out against poverty and human trafficking during the Thai visit, and reiterate his opposition to nuclear weapons in Japan.
CLIMATE CHANGE -- Climate activist Greta Thunberg set off from Virginia to sail across the Atlantic for the second time in a few months after a change in venue for international climate negotiations from Chile to Spain.
MILITARY -- President Trump’s demand that Seoul pays up to $5 billion for stationing 28,500 U.S. troops as deterrence against North Korea has been greeted with cries of “highway robbery” by “greedy” Americans.
WEATHER -- Venice’s mayor called the city a disaster zone after the second highest tide ever recorded swept through it overnight, flooding its historic basilica and leaving many squares and alleyways under water.
BUSINESS -- The debate over whether the U.S. should impose a federal tax on wealth has gripped U.S. politics after Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tabled the plan as one of the pillars of her campaign.
ENTERTAINMENT -- Streaming services Disney, Apple, HBO and Hulu are are spending tens of billions of dollars on original content to take on Netflix, but not all the new services are likely to survive.
ENVIRONMENT -- The European Commission’s incoming President, Ursula von der Leyen, is planning to present “European Green Deal” legislation -- to enshrine climate neutrality in EU law -- at the next EU summit.
ENTERTAINMENT -- Video streaming services Apple TV+ and Disney+ are launching new products in direct competition with established players Netflix and Amazon. They will be competing with six other services, including Netflix.
ENVIRONMENT -- Brewing giant Carlsberg is working with Danish start-up Paboco to design a paper-based beer bottle that can be pulped and recycled after use, or decompose harmlessly in the environment if left as litter.
POLITICS -- Britons head to the polls in a December election to help break the Brexit deadlock, with each of the major parties taking a different stance on how, when and whether the UK should leave the European Union.
ENTERTAINMENT -- The final episode of the current Star Wars trilogy hits cinemas in December -- bringing to a close nine epic space operas, spanning over 40 years of historic science fiction filmmaking.
ENVIRONMENT -- As the Arctic, including much of Siberia, warms twice as fast as the rest of the world, the permafrost -- permanently frozen ground -- is thawing, putting cities, oil pipelines and other infrastructure at risk.
SOCCER -- Brazil’s Flamengo and Argentina’s River Plate meet in the final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores in Lima, Peru. South America’s club champions will be decided in a single leg at a pre-selected venue for the first time.
RUGBY -- The new European Rugby Heineken Champions Cup season kicks off, with elite teams from England’s Aviva Premiership, France’s Top14 and the Pro12 – contested by Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy – all competing to be crowned European champions.
CYCLING -- The 2020 Tour de France starts in the south and takes in all five of the country’s mountain ranges, three of which, the Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees, are tackled in the first eight days.
SOCCER -- Crystal Palace host runaway leaders Liverpool, Manchester City face another tough match against Chelsea, Leicester City travel to the south coast to face Brighton and high-flying Sheffield Utd face Manchester Utd.
TOKYO 2020 -- After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic torch will travel to Athens on March 19 and begin its tour of Japan from March 26 to July 24, whereupon it will arrive at Tokyo’s New National Stadium, ready for the opening ceremony.