Japanese billionaire to be first Moon tourist

SPACE -- Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has named its first private passenger on a voyage around the Moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.

The mission is planned for 2023, and would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972. Maezawa, an art enthusiast, said that he would invite six to eight artists from around the world to join him on the trip.

Syria mistakenly shoots down Russian plane

SYRIA -- A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defence ministry said Tuesday.

Trump ratchets up U.S.-China trade dispute

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed 10 per cent tariffs on as much as $200 billion of goods made in China starting on September 24, bringing the total to $250 billion -- nearly half of all Chinese imports.

Machines to take over half workplace tasks

TECH -- More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, says The World Economic Forum in a new report that highlights the speed with which the labour market will change in coming years.

First bike path made from recycled plastic

ZWOLLE -- An experimental bicycle track made from recycled plastic has opened in the Netherlands as part of a project that could lead to more sustainable roads being rolled out across the country.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in turmoil

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate vote on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrown into uncertainty after a woman accused him of high school-era sexual misconduct.

Mangkhut leaves trail of destruction

CHINA -- Typhoon Mangkhut, one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades, has killed dozens of people in China and the Philippines, where it struck with sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour.

5G phone technology on the horizon

LONDON -- With the first 5G-ready smartphones expected to be released in 2019, mobile phone operators are gearing up to test the new super-fast network. Sony and Samsung both want to be first to market a 5G smartphone.

Spanish dictator Franco to be exhumed

MADRID -- The Spanish parliament votes on a law aimed at legally protecting the Socialist government's plans to move the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco out of a giant memorial “The Valley of the Fallen” outside of Madrid.

Obesity – a burgeoning global crisis

PARIS -- More than one in two adults and nearly one in six children are overweight or obese in the 36-nation OECD area, with obesity rates in America topping 38 per cent, a new report reveals.

U.S.-Canada trade deal possible

WASHINGTON -- Canada and the U.S. are said to be close to a trade deal if sticking points over Canada’s protected dairy sector, protection of media firms, and a system for settling trade disputes are resolved.

Rising death toll in eastern Ukraine

UKRAINE -- The conflict in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and Kiev has claimed more than 10,000 lives since 2014, making it the bloodiest in Europe since the Balkans in the 1990s.

Two huge gold rocks found in Australia

GEOLOGY -- Miners in Western Australia have unearthed huge gold-encrusted rocks estimated to be worth millions of dollars in what geologists are calling a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.

Wrangler – Jeep’s new off-road warrior

LONDON -- The all-new Jeep Wrangler is guaranteed to cross the roughest of terrains without getting stuck, powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged I4 engine featuring Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ hybrid eTorque system.

Virtual real estate selling for millions

TECH -- Online prospectors are moving into a city that doesn’t exist, spending millions of dollars buying up land parcels in the virtual city of Decentraland, comparable in size to Washington D.C.

The world – 250 million years from now

AUSTIN -- With Earth’s tectonic plates constantly moving, renowned geologist Christopher Scotese predicts a new super-continent will emerge in around 250 million years, dubbed “Pangaea Proxima”.

Norway to host largest NATO war games in years

NORWAY -- Over 40,000 troops will converge on Norway for NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years. Dubbed Trident Juncture 18, the two-week drill will take place from October 25 to November 7 and include Finland and Sweden.

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.


Will Real Madrid miss Ronaldo in Europe?

SOCCER -- Real Madrid, Champions League winners for the last three years, begin their latest quest for silverware without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo following his €112m summer transfer to Italian giants, Juventus.

Sep 22-30: Cycling Road World Championships

CYCLING -- The 2018 Road World Championships route looks set to be one of the toughest in history, with organisers of the race in the Austrian city of Innsbruck including gradients of up to 25 percent in the elite men’s road race.

Sep 22: Joshua-Povetkin heavyweight title fight

BOXING -- Undefeated world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces Russian Alexander Povetkin in a mandatory title defence for the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles, as well as the WBA Super crown.

Kipchoge sets marathon world record

ATHLETICS -- Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record time for the men’s marathon in Berlin -- sparking debate on when the two-hour barrier will be officially broken.

Sep 18: UEFA Champions League group stage

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Real Madrid face Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen in the group stages as the new Champions League season kicks off. The final takes place on June 1 at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid.

Sep 28-30: Le Golf National hosts 42nd Ryder Cup

GOLF -- The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, just the second Ryder Cup to be held in continental Europe, after the 1997 contest in Spain.

Sep 20: Europa League group stage draw

SOCCER -- The new Europa League season kicks off and culminates with three-time winners Sevilla once again one of the favourites to reach the the final at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29, 2019.

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