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London's Big Ben to fall silent

LONDON -- The famous chimes of London’s Big Ben are to fall silent in 2017 as part of a $42 million project to prevent its mechanism from failing.

After 157 years of nearly unbroken service, the Great Clock of the Palace of Westminster will be partially covered in scaffolding for three years. The bells will fall silent for several months, chiming only for important events.


“Economists for Brexit” challenge gloomy consensus

LONDON -- A report published by “Economists for Brexit” -- a group of notable economists -- estimates the UK economy could be 4% larger by 2030 if it left the EU.

Cannes Film Festival begins on May 11

CANNES -- Twenty-one films are in competition at Cannes for the prestigious Palme d’Or, including new films from Ken Loach, Sean Penn and Pedro Almodovar.


Trump sweeps five U.S. primary states

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump called himself the Republican “presumptive nominee” after victories in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Apple reports 13% drop in Q2 revenue

CUPERTINO -- Technology giant Apple reported quarterly sales of $50.56bn down from $58bn last year -- the first fall in sales for the company since 2003.


Hillsborough fans unlawfully killed

SHEFFIELD -- The 96 Liverpool football fans who were crushed to death in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were “unlawfully killed”, a jury has concluded.

N Korea chases second strike capability

LONDON -- Analysts say North Korea’s latest test launch of a KN-11 missile shows Pyongyang has the means to fire a ballistic missile vertically from a submarine.


Apr 26: Thirty years since Chernobyl nuclear disaster

UKRAINE -- Thirty years after the world's worst nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power plant a massive shelter, the New Safe Confinement project, is taking shape.

Brexit – Eurosceptic map of Britain

LONDON -- New research by YouGov Profiles of 80,552 adults reveals the most Eurosceptic areas of Britain. London contains five of the top 10 most europhile areas.


Earthlings prepare for Transit of Mercury

LONDON -- On May 9 there will be a Transit of Mercury – that’s when the tiny planet Mercury will appear as a black dot crossing in front of the Sun.

Palmyra's ancient arch rises again in London

LONDON -- A replica of the Triumphal Arch of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra – destroyed by so-called Islamic State – has been unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square.


News ahead: World agenda of events in May

LONDON -- The Brazilian Senate votes on the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff, Sharp launches RoBoHoN, and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven goes to court.

UK Treasury warns of high costs of Brexit

LONDON -- Britain’s Treasury says the UK economy will shrink by between 3.8% and 9.5% – a loss of £68.7bn to £171.8bn (€87bn-€217bn) – if it leaves the EU.


May 1: Leicester City on verge of historic title

MANCHESTER -- The Foxes are one victory away from the first top-flight championship in their 132-year history, and could seal the title at Old Trafford against Manchester Utd.

May 13-15: Euroleague Final Four basketball

BERLIN -- Ulker of Turkey face Spain’s Laboral Kuxta, while six-time champions CSKA Moscow take on Final Four debutants Lokomotiv Kuban in an all-Russian showdown.


May 6-29: Giro d’Italia starts in Netherlands

APELDOORN -- Almost 200 riders in 22 teams will compete for the pink jersey in the first of cycling’s Grand Tours, ending in Turin after three gruelling weeks.

Jun 10-Jul 10: Euro 2016 goalscorers clash

PARIS -- Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal start the tournament just three goals behind Michel Platini’s tally of nine goals in Euro 84.


Apr 29-May 1: F1 Russian Grand Prix

SOCHI -- Runaway leader Nico Rosberg, with three wins out of three, will be aiming to extend the gap between himself and teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Black Sea resort.

May 3: Olympic torch relay starts

BRASILIA -- The countdown to the Olympic Games began in earnest as 12,000 bearers carry the torch through 329 cities and towns before arriving in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.


May 6-22: Ice Hockey World Champs

ST PETERSBURG -- Canada open the defence of their title against the USA, while the hosts and runners-up of the 2015 tournament take on Czech Republic in Moscow.

May 13-15: F1 Spanish Grand Prix

BARCELONA -- The Circuit de Catalunya hosts the fifth Grand Prix of the 2016 season, one of the oldest on the calendar dating back to 1913.


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