Soccer season 2018-19

Genoa bridge fallout could hit Benetton

GENOA -- The Benetton family controls Edizione -- one of Italy’s most significant business groups -- with interests spanning infrastructure, catering, telecoms and finance as well as their well-known clothing brand.

Edizione owns a 30.25 per cent stake in Atlantia which itself holds an 88 per cent share in toll road operator Autostrade per l’Italia. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has threatened to revoke Autostrade’s licences following Tuesday’s deadly collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge.

Record U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2017

ATLANTA -- Drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control.

Trump threat to security clearances of critics

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan had become a sharp critic of Trump.

Why did Genoa’s Morandi bridge collapse?

GENOA -- Built between 1963 and 1967 using pre-stressed reinforced concrete technology, the operator of the Morandi bridge in Genoa was about to launch a €20 million maintenance programme.

Magic Leap’s expensive but magical AR graphics

TECH -- The Magic Leap One augmented reality -- under development for eight years and often derided as fiction by naysayers tired of its non-appearance -- has finally arrived. The headset sells for $2,295.

Police say London attack was deliberate

LONDON -- A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring three people. One woman is being treated in hospital for serious injuries.

Syrian troops amass around Idlib province

IDLIB -- Syrian government troops are gathering on the outskirts of Idlib province ahead of an assault on the final rebel stronghold, controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the rival Syrian Liberation Front.

Syrian civil war nears Idlib showdown

IDLIB -- After seven years of brutal civil war Syria’s province of Idlib, which has absorbed many of the 6,000,000 internally displaced people from fighting elsewhere, is itself preparing for the storm.

Megalodon: The largest shark that ever lived

LONDON -- Jason Statham’s shark movie “The Meg” seeks to rival “Jaws” with its tale of a 20-metre long megalodon shark that reappears off an American beach after being thought extinct for millions of years.

Europe’s tallest skyscraper nears completion

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Lakhta Centre in St. Petersburg in Russia is set to become Europe’s tallest skyscraper, overtaking Moscow’s Federation Tower. It stands at 462 metres high, making it the 13th tallest building in the world.

New South Wales drought affects entire state

SYDNEY -- Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, is now entirely in drought, as a dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia.

Lake Turkana wind farm to go live

KENYA -- Kenya’s long-delayed Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, sited at the foot of Mount Kulal, will deliver low cost electricity to the national grid. Its 365 wind turbines will provide 310MW of electricity.

“Movement” to boost EU’s populists

BRUSSELS -- Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon plans to use a Brussels-based foundation named The Movement to support populist far-right parties in next spring’s European Parliament elections.

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.

Germany to replace Tornado

BERLIN -- Germany is to replace its 85-strong fleet of ageing Tornado attack aircraft, with four designs competing for the lucrative contract – the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35A Lightning II, F-15Eand F/A-18.


Aug 26-Sep 16: La Vuelta a España

CYCLING -- The 73rd edition of the Vuelta a España, cycling’s final Grand Tour of the year, will cover a distance of more than 3,250km.

English Premier League season

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Manchester City kick off the new season away to Arsenal, while rivals Manchester Utd host Leicester City, Liverpool face West Ham United, and Tottenham travel to Newcastle United.

Aug 27-Sep 9: U.S. Open 50th anniversary

TENNIS -- The 2018 U.S. Open celebrates 50 years of tennis in the Open era with the completion of a $550 million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.

Aug 24-26: F1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

F1 -- Formula 1 returns from its summer break when the Belgian GP takes place at the historic Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, which hosted its first GP in 1924 and remains a favourite of drivers and fans.

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