Massive Airbus Beluga XL debuts

TOULOSE -- The Airbus Beluga XL, a brand new breed of super-transporter sporting a bigger “bubble” then the current Beluga ST version it is replacing, made its first flight on Thursday.

The flight, which took-off from Blagnac in Toulouse, signified the start of a 10-month testing period before the freighter -- a highly-modified version of the Airbus A330-200 airliner -- can start flying commercially.

Boeing, Airbus attract anonymous sales

FARNBOROUGH -- Airbus led anonymous aircraft sales with 186 orders worth $24 billion at list prices, while Boeing signed deals with four unnamed buyers for 94 planes worth $11 billion.

EU hits Google with €4.3bn Android fine

BRUSSELS -- The European Commission has slammed Google with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine for breaking antitrust laws. Google plans to appeal against the decision.

Jul 27: Century’s longest lunar eclipse

SPACE -- The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting one hour and 43 minutes, will be visible across wide swaths of the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Jet maker Embraer shows its teeth

FARNBOROUGH -- Boeing, Airbus, Brazil’s Embraer and China’s Comac have announced 1,057 firm and tentative orders at the Farnborough air show. U.S. carrier Republic has signed a deals for up to100 Embraer E175s.

The world’s first robot-crafted burger

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new hamburger restaurant in San Francisco will custom cook and build a burger using a robot chef. The meat is ground to order and emerges from the machine piled with goodies.

Netflix shares plunge as subscriber growth stalls

LOS GATOS -- The streaming service leader saw its stock plummet after expected subscriber additions fell short in the second quarter of 2018 by more than one million. Netflix added nearly 5.2 million new subscribers

Aerospace industry is worth $838bn

FARNBOROUGH -- The global aerospace industry in 2017 was worth $838 billion, with the U.S. industry accounting for 49% of the total, driven by rising orders for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing and Airbus duel over orders

FARNBOROUGH -- Boeing powered ahead of European rival Airbus on the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow. Boeing announced orders worth around $20.4 billion compared to Airbus orders of about $12bn.

UK unveils “Tempest” fighter jet

AVIATION -- A model of the UK’s planned new fighter aircraft, the Tempest, has been unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show. The sixth generation jet will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and could be flying by 2035.

Last supper of Oetzi the Iceman revealed

ANTHROPOLOGY -- Scientists have revealed that the last supper of Oetzi the Iceman was well-balanced but also alarmingly high in fat, according to a study of the 5,300-year-old European glacier mummy’s stomach.

India plans the world’s tallest statue

MUMBAI -- Plans to erect the world’s tallest statue in Mumbai, a $500m effigy of 17th century Indian warrior king Shivaji, are under fire from millions of Indians struggling in poverty.

Germany in dogfight over replacing Tornado

BERLIN -- Germany is to replace its 85-strong fleet of ageing Tornado attack aircraft, with four designs competing for the lucrative contract – the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35A Lightning II, F-15Eand F/A-18.

Jun 16: Trump-Putin Helsinki summit

HELSINKI -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold their first official summit in Helsinki on June 16, but no formal agenda has been announced.

Uber to rent scooters through its app

SAN MATEO -- Ride-hailing business Uber, along with Google’s Alphabet and others, have invested $335 million in a deal with scooter hire company Lime to expand its unconventional mode of transportation.

Israel wants sovereignty over Golan Heights

MIDDLE EAST -- Israel is pressing the Trump administration to recognise the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory -- marking the first time since 1945 that the U.S. has acknowledged the validity of land taken by military force.

How WWI changed the map of Europe

HISTORY -- The map of Europe underwent drastic revision after World War I. The defeated Central Powers suffered huge territorial losses, and new independent countries were born, from Finland to Yugoslavia.

Aug 27-Sep 9: U.S. Open 50th anniversary

TENNIS -- The 2018 U.S. Open celebrates 50 years of tennis in the Open era with the completion of a $550 million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.

Aug 9-12: 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive

GOLF -- The PGA Championship celebrates its 100th anniversary at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, the second time it has be played at the venue. The tournament will be held in May from 2019.

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.

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.

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.

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