• POLITICS: German election results (Graphic)
  • PYEONGCHANG 2018: Olympic venues interactive (Interactive)
  • ON THIS DAY: October 1-7, 2017 (week 40) (Graphic)
  • U.S.: New restrictions on travel (Graphic)
  • INDONESIA: Bali volcano eruption threat (Graphic)
  • SOCCER: Europa League Day 2, Thursday Sep 28 (Graphic)
  • Further details: Index for News or Sport / Planner

Merkel wins fourth term but far-right on the rise

BERLIN -- Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term as Chancellor of Germany but faces a difficult task to form a government, with the far-right AfD now the third biggest party in the Bundestag and the SPD, her CDU party’s former coalition partners, vowing to go into opposition.

Merkel said her government would have to deal with economic and security issues as well as addressing the root causes of migration, one of the main reasons behind the AfD's result.



Iraqi Kurds vote on independence

IRAQ -- An independence referendum for the Kurdish enclave in the north of Iraq may further disrupt a region still engulfed in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.


Kalashnikov Chukavin SVCh sniper rifle

MOSCOW -- Russia’s Kalashnikov Group has unveiled the Chukavin SVCh semi-automatic sniper rifle, designed to engage individual targets at a range of up to 1,500 metres, depending on the round.

World events scheduled for October

WORLD AGENDA -- President Trump decides whether Iran is complying with the nuclear deal, China’s Communist Party Congress convenes, and Catalonia plans to hold a referendum on independence.


Sep 24: Star Trek returns to TV after 12 years

U.S. -- Star Trek, the iconic science fiction franchise created more than 50 years ago by Gene Roddenberry, returns with a new TV series, Star Trek: Discovery, set to premiere on September 24.


Dangerous endgame in eastern Syria

SYRIA -- Government forces and U.S.-backed militia are racing to control the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour as so-called Islamic State militants continue to retreat from their former strongholds.

Oct 18: China’s Communist Party Congress

BEIJING -- China’s Communist Party Congress will start on October 18 with five of the seven members of the most powerful ruling body due to retire in a massive leadership change.


Kim Jung-un’s rocket men

NORTH KOREA -- Three men shown celebrating with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un following successful missile launches are believed to be the top people in the country’s rapidly advancing weapons programme.

Humanitarian crisis looms for Rohingya refugees

MYANMAR -- Pressure is mounting on Myanmar to end violence, described by UN human rights chief as “ethnic cleansing,” that has sent nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.


Porsche Panamera Hybrid Sport Turismo

MOTORING -- Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is heir to the marque’s 918 Spyder electro-supercar, combining plug-in hybrid technology with fuel efficiency.

Pyongyang’s threat to South Korea

SEOUL -- North Korea has an estimated 13,000 Hardened Artillery Sites (HARTS) in concrete bunkers, caves, and tunnels, including 4,000 near the DMZ and 200-300 within range of Seoul.



Sep 29: F1 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang

MOTORSPORT -- After crashing out in Singapore, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to get his Championship challenge back on track at a circuit where he has won four times in the past.



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