• BUSINESS: Global sukuk markets rebound (Graphic)
  • MILITARY: Missile defence systems in the Pacific (Graphic)
  • CYCLING: La Vuelta a España interactive guide (Interactive DUE Aug 16, 17:00GMT)

U.S. missile defence against North Korea

GUAM -- The U.S. and its Pacific allies could intercept North Korean ballistic missiles launched in the direction of Guam, but the technology is yet to be battle-tested and experts say there is no guarantee it will work.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the American Pacific territory of Guam, state media said, but would watch U.S. actions before making a decision.

Global sukuk markets rebound in 2017

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia plans to launch the second issue of its sukuk programme — Islamic bonds that comply with Sharia law — during the week beginning August 20.

NAFTA trade talks start Wednesday

WASHINGTON -- The first round of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S. Canada and Mexico will take place August 16-20 in Washington.

World’s first floating windfarm off Scotland

SCOTLAND -- Norwegian firm Statoil’s Hywind project is the world's first full-scale floating wind farm, set up off the north-east coast of Scotland. Five turbines are expected to power 20,000 households.

Diplomacy amid North Korea crisis

NORTH KOREA -- North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may have hidden a message to the U.S. saying he will watch U.S. behaviour for a conciliatory gesture before launching missiles towards Guam.

Death of Princess Diana -- 20th anniversary

LONDON -- The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place on August 31. There have been multiple investigations into the death of Diana and Dodi Fayed.

Princess Diana timeline – web and print

PARIS -- The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is commemorated. Diana was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, at the age of 36.

Aug 25-27: F1 Belgian Grand Prix

MOTORSPORT -- Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is firmly in command of the Championship as the paddock returns from the summer break at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Aug 17-20: WRC Rally Germany

RALLY -- Rally Germany provides a mind-boggling mix of asphalt features including corkscrew vineyard tracks, multi-surface military roads and fast, smooth country lanes.

Aug 19-Sep 10: La Vuelta a España

CYCLING -- La Vuelta a España, cycling’s final Grand Tour of the year. For the first time in the Vuelta’s history the race will begin in France and will end as usual in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

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