IS destroys famous Palmyra monuments

PALMYRA -- Militants from the so-called Islamic State group have destroyed the famous Tetrapylon and parts of a Roman amphitheatre in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra.

Satellite imagery shows that just two of the Tetrapylon’s 12 columns remain standing. IS recaptured the archaeological site in December, nine months after it was expelled in a government offensive.

Oman accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay detainees

DUBAI -- Oman has accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility.

Nintendo bets on Switch games console

TOKYO -- Nintendo’s Switch console, the successor to the beleaguered Wii U, and its big bet on the future of video games, has been revealed in full.

“I Do Solemnly Swear...” Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON -- “I do solemnly swear...” with these words, president-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office on January 20, to formally become the 45th President of the United States.

Trump’s boost to U.S. Navy spending

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will be pushing for a massive increase in U.S. Navy ships, from the current 274 deployable battle force ships to 355.

Mexico car makers fear U.S. border tax

MEXICO CITY -- Since the NAFTA trade deal came into force in 1994, Mexico has become the world’s seventh-largest car manufacturer and fourth-largest exporter.

New U.S. Embassy to open in London

LONDON -- A new U.S. Embassy designed by Philadelphia-based architects Kieran Timberlake, is due to open in the Nine Elms area of London’s Wandsworth next April.

Feb 4: Six Nations Championship rugby

TWICKENHAM -- In the opening matches, champions England begin their campaign against France, Scotland plays Ireland at Murrayfield, while Italy host Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.

Jan 23: Copa Libertadores kicks off

MEDELLIN, Colombia -- South America’s premier club competition kicks off with 19 teams playing off for the final four coveted places in the group stage, which begins on March 7.

Jan 16-29: Australian Open

MELBOURNE -- The Grand Slam down under is the first of a season likely to be dominated by the rivalry between Britain’s Andy Murray and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

FIFA World Cup expands to 48-teams

ZURICH -- World football’s governing body FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2026 edition of the tournament.

Jan 19-22: Rallye Monte Carlo opens WRC

MONTE CARLO -- The World Rally Championship gets underway, with the first opportunity to see the more powerful, bigger and more aggressive new-era cars make their debut.

Jan 14-Feb 5: African Cup of Nations

LIBREVILLE -- Host nation Gabon kick off the 60th anniversary tournament despite ongoing political unrest which could again throw the tournament into doubt.

Feb 14: UEFA Champions League Last 16

NYON, Switzerland -- Bayern Munich once again face Arsenal, while PSG take on Barcelona, and debutants Leicester City meet Europa League champions Sevilla. Matches begin Feb 14/15.

Feb 16: UEFA Europa League Last 32

NYON, Switzerland -- Ties of the round include Shakhtar Donetsk taking on Celta Vigo, Villarreal’s clash with Roma, and Tottenham Hotspur, out of the Champions League, facing Gent.

Jan 21-23: English Premier League

MANCHESTER -- Form team Tottenham Hotspur visit Manchester City, with both teams looking to close the gap on leaders Chelsea who host Hull City on Sunday.

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