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Rugby World Cup 2019


Israel’s Netanyahu dealt blow in elections

POLITICS -- Benny Gantz’s Blue and White coalition is edging out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, but neither can secure a ruling majority, official results indicate.

With 90% of vote officially counted, Blue and White edging out Likud 32-31seats. Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party is projected nine seats, is expected to be the election’s kingmaker. It could take weeks of coalition horse-trading before the next government, and prime minister emerge.


Egypt, Ethiopia at odds over Blue Nile dam

AFRICA -- Egypt says Ethiopia has “summarily rejected” its plan for operating the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.

Sep 19: Apple Arcade looks set to be a hit

TECH -- Apple Arcade is a $4.99 monthly subscription service offering gamers cross-platform access to dozens of video games. The service will launch on Thursday with 53 titles, and new games every week.


Recent attacks linked to Iranian-backed forces

MILITARY -- Drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil-processing facility required detailed knowledge of the site. Damage to the oil processing unit will take months to repair.


Silent Arrow glider drone unveiled

TECH -- Yates Electrospace Corporation has unveiled the “Silent Arrow” cargo delivery drone – an autonomous aircraft which can deliver up to 740kg of supplies to the battlefield, or relief aid to ravaged communities.

Iran denies responsibility for Saudi oil attacks

MIDEAST -- Multiple drone attacks on Aramco oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia are arguably the most significant military operation yet against the U.S.-allied kingdom’s critical infrastructure.


U.S. poverty levels revealed

UNITED STATES -- The official U.S. poverty rate in 2018 was 11.8 percent, down 0.5 percentage points from 12.3 percent in 2017 – the fourth consecutive annual decline in poverty and a return to pre-recession lows.

Qantas to test 19-hour non-stop flights

AVIATION -- Qantas is planning to test non-stop direct flights from New York and London to Sydney using new Boeing 787-9 aircraft to study how passengers and crew react to the 19-hour experience.


Trump plans ban on sale of flavoured e-cigarettes

HEALTH -- The Trump administration has said that it would ban the sale of most flavoured e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious lung illnesses and teenage vaping continues to rise.

Epic voyage of Ferdinand Magellan

HISTORY -- Five hundred years ago, Ferdinand Magellan sailed from Spain to find a western passage to the Indies. Three years later his ship Victoria completed the first circumnavigation of the globe.


Sep 30: Three Mile Island nuclear plant closing

ACCIDENTS -- Forty years after the worst commercial nuclear power plant accident in United States history, the only reactor still operating at Three Mile Island is to be shut down on September 30.

WeWork IPO roadshow pushed back

BUSINESS -- Owner of office-rental company WeWork was forced into an embarrassing postponement of its Wall Street initial public offer overnight, following concerns over rising losses.


Netanyahu vows to annex third of West Bank

MIDDLE EAST -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley, a large swathe of the occupied West Bank, if he wins a closely contested election just a week away.

Sep 28: Afghan presidential candidates

POLITICS -- Sixteen candidates will stand against President Ashraf Ghani in the first round of Afghanistan’s presidential election on September 28. Candidates include warlords, former communists, mujahideen and Taliban.


Suicide poses serious public health problem

HEALTH -- Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year – more than are killed by war or homicide, according to the World Health Organisation. 79% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Sep 20: Area 51 prepares for “storming”

HISTORY -- A prank Facebook post entitled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” triggered almost two million people to sign up, and has become twin music festivals near the secret military facility.


NASA’s Artemis Moon mission plans

SPACE -- Half a century after NASA sent men to the moon under project “Apollo”, the space agency is now working to land men and women on the lunar surface as part of its “Artemis” programme.

Titanic finder in search for Amelia Earhart

AVIATION -- Oceanographer Robert Ballard, famous for discovering the wrecks of the Titanic and Bismarck, is conducting a new search in the Pacific Ocean for missing aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane.


NEWSSPORT

Sep 20-Nov 2: Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan

RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. A total of 48 matches will be played at 12 venues over six weeks, culminating in the final at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

Sep 20-22: F1 Singapore Grand Prix

F1 -- Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will be bidding for a hat-trick of victories at the Marina Bay circuit after winning the last two Singapore GPs. Formula One’s only night race is the fourteenth round of the F1 season.


Sep 20-22: Aragon MotoGP in Spain

MOTOGP -- Fourteenth round of the MotoGP season at Motorland Aragon, Spain where the array of fast-flowing bends, long straights and tight hairpins will challenge riders - and tyres - to the limits.

Sep 17: Champions League group stage

SOCCER -- The season kicks off on September 17 and culminates with the final at Turkey’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 30, 2020, the second time Istanbul has played host, after current champions Liverpool defeated AC Milan there in 2005.


Sep 22-29: Cycling World Championships

CYCLING -- The UCI Road World Championships take place in North Yorkshire, preceded for the first time by the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International – a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Sep 14: English Premier League

SOCCER -- Table topping Liverpool host Newcastle Utd, champions Manchester City visit struggling Norwich, a buoyant Leicester City face Manchester Utd, and Crystal Palace take on Tottenham in a north-south London derby.



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