• POLITICS: High-level White House departures (Graphic)
  • BUSINESS: Looming U.S.-China trade war (Graphic)
  • FRANCE: France supermarket hostage-taking (Graphic)
  • HORSE RACING: Dubai World Cup 2018 (Graphic DUE Mar 23, 17:00GMT)
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Formula 1

Hostage situation at supermarket in Trèbes

TREBES -- At least two people have been killed during a hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, in the South of France. A prosecutor says the gunman, who remains in the store, claims to be from the so-called Islamic State group.

Mayor Eric Menassi also told LCI TV that another person was hurt but their condition was not known. The hostage-taker was now alone with one police officer in the supermarket and all other hostages had been freed.

Trump states in peril in U.S.-China trade war

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Trump is imposing 25 percent tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese goods while China unveiled taxes on $3 billion of U.S. agricultural and steel products.

Trump replaces McMaster with John Bolton

WASHINGTON -- Lt. Gen. McMaster is the latest in a series of high-profile exits from President Trump’s administration. He will be replaced as national security adviser by John Bolton.

Huge military buildup underway in Qatar

QATAR -- Qatar has announced a series of multi-billion dollar defence purchases, as the Gulf state adds more aircraft, ships and military vehicles to its arsenal amid a bitter diplomatic dispute with its regional neighbours.

How Facebook was weaponised

LONDON -- An online survey of hundreds of thousands of American volunteers’ Facebook “likes” also took data from unwitting Facebook friends -- creating personality profiles of around 50 million voters.

World events scheduled for April -- print

LONDON -- Each month Graphic News moves a World Agenda -- an illustrated diary of upcoming events -- in both print format and as a responsive version for digital devices.

Meghan Markle to become a British citizen

LONDON -- Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, marries American former actress Meghan Markle on May 19. Meghan was baptised into the Church of England ahead of her wedding.

World’s most powerful autocrats

LONDON -- As Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping extend their terms in office, the two communist states are entering a new era of autocracy.

Last male northern white rhino dies

KENYA -- The world’s last male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction.

Russia’s Putin wins fourth term

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, receiving 76.67 per cent of the vote, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years.

Russia’s chemical weapon stockpile

MOSCOW -- Moscow’s Soviet-era GOSNIIOKhT is believed to be the source of the Novichok nerve agent that Britain claims was responsible for poisoning former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Apple Music growing at record pace

AUSTIN -- Apple is gaining subscribers to its music streaming service at the rate of 400,000 a week, solidifying its ranking as the No. 2 streaming service behind Spotify, which has 71 million subscribers.

Apr 19: Issues facing Cuba’s next leader

HAVANA -- When Raúl Castro steps down as president in April, he will hand his successor the unfinished task of reforming the economy -- Cuba’s most urgent and increasingly controversial challenge.

NASA wants to send your name to the Sun

CAPE CANAVERAL -- From now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for its “hottest ticket in town.”. Your name will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the Sun.

Apr 5-8: U.S. Masters at Augusta National

GOLF -- Sergio Garcia returns to defend his title, while Rory McIlroy will be again vying for a career Grand Slam, and four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods prepares to play at Augusta for the first time since 2015.

Mar 31: Joshua-Parker heavyweight title fight

BOXING -- Undefeated world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua of Britain and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker will meet in a unification bout to fight for the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles, as well as the WBA Super crown.

Mar 24: Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race 2018

ROWING -- The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race returns for the 164th contest as international crews from England’s top universities take to the River Thames in a gruelling four-mile rowing race between Putney and Mortlake.

Mar 18-Sep 19: MotoGP 2018 revs up for start

MOTOGP -- The 2018 MotoGP season, comprising 19 Grands Prix, commences with the Qatar GP in March and concludes in Valencia, Spain in November, having expanded to feature the exciting Chang Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.

Mar 31-Apr 1: English Premier League 2017-18

SOCCER -- Manchester City face Everton at Goodison Park, while United host Swansea City, Liverpool visit Crystal Palace, and Chelsea host north London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

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