• POLITICS: Turkey presidential election (Graphic)
  • HISTORY: On this day July 1-7 2018 (week 27) (Graphic)
  • HISTORY: On this day July 8-14 2018 (week 28) (Graphic)
  • HISTORY: ON THIS DAY “interactive” (Weeks 27 & 28) (Interactive UPDATED Jun 25)
  • WORLD AGENDA: July 2018 (Graphic)
  • WORLD AGENDA: July 2018 interactive (Interactive)
  • SOCCER: World Cup 2018 matchday 3 previews (Graphic UPDATED Jun 25)
  • MILITARY: European Intervention Initiative (Graphic)
  • SPACE: Hayabusa2 asteroid sampler interactive (Interactive)
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FIFA World Cup 2018

EU countries to formalise defence force plan

MILITARY -- Nine EU countries are set to create a European military intervention force, with Britain backing the move as a way to maintain strong defence ties with the bloc after Brexit.

Turkey’s Erdogan wins presidential election

ANKARA -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term, with significant new powers, after securing outright victory in the first round of Turkey’s presidential poll.

World Agenda for July -- print version

LONDON -- The World Agenda gives a preview of world events scheduled for July, such as the general election in Mexico, Russia’s International Army Games, and Donald Trump’s controversial visit to the United Kingdom.

World Agenda for July -- interactive version

WORLD AGENDA -- 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.

NATO summit to focus on alliance spending

NATO -- Greater “burden sharing” is set to be a theme of the NATO summit in Brussels, with just eight of the alliance’s 29 members living up to their commitments to spend at least two percent of GDP on defence.

Battle of Yemen’s Hodeida airport

YEMEN -- Fears of a humanitarian crisis grew in Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeidah after Saudi-led coalition forces seized the airport from Iranian backed Houthis.

U.S. withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON -- The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”

Steps in U.S.-China trade conflict

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his trade conflict with China Monday, threatening to impose a 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

U.S.-China trade war heats up

BEIJING -- The world’s two biggest economies are moving closer to an all-out trade war, with China raising import duties of 25 percent on $34 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Wiki Leaks founder’s self-imposed incarceration

POLITICS -- Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has been living inside the tiny Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years, unable to exit for fear of extradition to the U.S.

India on brink of worst-ever water crisis

ENVIRONMENT -- India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history with 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The crisis is only going to get worse.

North Korea’s potential peace dividend

BUSINESS -- The Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit has raised hopes of a relaxation of sanctions on North Korea, allowing imports of much-needed fuel from South Korean refiners and exports of its rich mineral deposits.

“The Mastaba” art object by Christo

LONDON -- Artist Christo’s latest large scale work is an enormous 20-metre-high floating sculpture in London’s Hyde Park. Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba opens on June 18.

Jul 7-29: Tour de France, cycling’s blue riband

CYCLING -- The 2018 Tour de France starts in the Vendée region and ends three weeks later in Paris with the traditional circuits of the Champs Elysées. The race starts a week later than usual to avoid too much of an overlap with the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Jun 29-Jul 1: F1 Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring

F1 -- Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in Spielberg after regaining the lead in the Drivers’ Championship with a convincing victory in France.

Jul 19-22: Carnoustie hosts 147th Open

GOLF -- At more than 7,400 yards, the rugged, windswept Championship Course at Carnoustie, Scotland has a reputation for being one of the toughest in the UK, with narrow fairways, sloping greens and ample bunkering.

Jun 29-Jul 1: Netherlands MotoGP

MOTOGP -- The historic Dutch TT, first held in 1925 and only suspended during the war, takes place at the TT circuit at Assen as the eighth round of the 2018 MotoGP season.

Aug 11-May 12: Premier League fixtures 2018-19

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Manchester City kick off the new season away to Arsenal, while rivals Manchester Utd host Leicester City, Liverpool face West Ham United, and Tottenham travel to Newcastle United.

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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