Cycling 2019

Google restricts Huawei’s use of Android

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google has barred Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system, after the Trump administration added the Chinese tech giant to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.

The U.S. government says Chinese suppliers including Huawei and its smaller rival, ZTE Corp., pose an espionage threat because they are beholden to China's ruling Communist Party.

Solar panels boost Afghan heroin industry

AFGHANISTAN -- Cheap solar panels are boosting the Afghan poppy crop, enabling water to be pumped from wells to reclaim desert, pushing cultivation close to its highest level since UN monitoring began in 1994.

Iran’s speedboat threat to U.S.

LONDON -- Iran’s asymmetric naval capabilities include submarine-launched anti-ship missiles, over-the-horizon surveillance capabilities using unmanned aerial vehicles, and fast attack craft (FAC) for anti-ship “swarm attacks.”

European elections by numbers

BRUSSELS -- 427 million voters across 28 EU member states go to the polls to elect a new European Parliament in the world’s second-largest democratic exercise after India’s elections.

May 31: Star Wars - Galaxy’s Edge theme park

ENTERTAINMENT -- Disneyland’s new billion dollar Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction is its most immersive to date, requiring a crew of more than 4,000 people to work on the movie saga tie-in for over five years.

Escalating attacks raise risk on Saudi oil supply

MIDEAST -- Tensions over threats to oil flows from the Middle East are escalating after an attack by armed drones on Saudi Arabia’s main oil transport pipeline to the Red Sea. On Sunday four oil tankers were attacked.

Plastic found in deepest-ever sub dive

PACIFIC -- Plastic waste has been found on the seafloor during a record-breaking dive by an American explorer as he descended 10,928 metres to a point in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench – the deepest place on Earth.

European Parliament voting intention

LONDON -- Britain’s new Brexit Party continues to lead in the latest YouGov/Times European Parliament voting intention poll, while the Conservatives have been pushed into fifth place.

How Donald Trump lost $1 billion in 10 years

BUSINESS -- Donald Trump reported an ever-growing negative-adjusted gross income on his tax returns from 1985-94, enabling him to avoid paying any income tax for eight out of those 10 years.

Saudi Arabia says two oil tankers attacked

MID-EAST -- Four merchant ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning.

EU voters support nationalist parties

BRUSSELS -- When Europeans head to the polls this month more than one in 10 voters plan to use their vote in the European Parliament elections to back far-right or right-wing populist parties, according to a YouGov survey.

May 23-26: Guide to European elections

EUROPEAN UNION -- Voters across the EU go to the polls on May 23-26 to elect more than 700 members of the European Parliament, with euroskeptic parties expected to send more MEPs to the European legislature.

May 14-25: Cannes Film Festival 2019

CANNES -- The 72nd edition of the annual Cannes Film Festival gets underway on the French Riviera. This year’s Palme d’Or contenders include acclaimed directors Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar and Ken Loach.

Trump escalates U.S.-China trade war

WASHINGTON -- President Trump escalated his trade war with China, hiking tariffs to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The increase extends 25% duties to $250bn of Chinese imports.

Who are Iran’s Revolutionary Guards?

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is Iran’s most potent security, military, political and economic organization, responsible for the protection and survival of the regime.

Turkey election re-run angers opposition

ISTANBUL -- Turkey’s election board cancelled the results of Istanbul’s mayoral election and ordered a rerun of the race, raising the prospect of renewed political and economic turmoil over the nation’s democratic principles.

IS leader al-Baghdadi resurfaces

MIDEAST -- A first video appearance in five years by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State and the world’s most wanted man, has ended speculation that he was killed some years ago.

Al Qaeda and IS seek control of the Sahel

SAHEL -- Feeding off rampant poverty, corruption and the inefficiency of local militaries in securing borders, Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State (IS) are gaining strength across the Sahel and Sahara.

Measles outbreak hits 25-year high in U.S.

NEW YORK -- The measles outbreak continues to spread in the United States, with cases surpassing the highest number on record since public health officials declared the disease eradicated nationwide in 2000.

Automation will change our careers forever

LONDON -- Artificial intelligence, robotics and globalisation are rapidly changing the workplace, opening up new markets and increasing productivity. But young, low-skilled, part-time workers face being left behind.

Bad sense of smell predicts early death

HEALTH -- A simple scratch-and-sniff test can detect a poor sense of smell in older adults and predict the likelihood of dying in the next ten years, but the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear.

May: First stage of Sydney Metro opens

SYDNEY -- Sydney Metro Northwest is scheduled to open in May. It comprises the first stage of the Sydney Metro development, which will see the introduction of Australia’s first fully automated passenger line.

Van Gogh's possible suicide weapon up for auction

PARIS -- The art world's most famous weapon, a 7mm pocket revolver believed to have been used by Vincent van Gogh to take his own life in 1890, is to go under the hammer at an auction in Paris on June 19.

Apr 11- May 19: India holds world’s largest poll

INDIA -- India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP against a raft of opposition parties under the Indian National Congress banner. Around 900 million people will vote during the five-week election.


May 24-26: Monaco GP, F1 blue riband race

F1 -- Mercedes will be aiming for another one-two at the Monaco Grand Prix, their fifth of the season, and could match Ferrari’s record of six, as they bid to become Formula One’s first invincible team.

May 30-Jul 14: Who’s who at the Cricket World Cup

CRICKET -- Ten teams are competing to be crowned World Champions at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, with England, currently the top-ranked One Day International team, seeking their first World Cup title on home soil.

Jun 7-Jul 7: FIFA Women’s World Cup winners

SOCCER -- Since the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, four different national teams have claimed the trophy. The Americans have their sights set on a record-extending fourth victory after vanquishing Japan in the 2015 final.

May 11-Jun 2: Giro d’Italia - first Grand Tour

CYCLING -- The 2019 Giro d’Italia features three individual time trials and seven summit finishes in a balanced but testing route which ramps up into a brutal second half raced almost entirely uphill.

Jun 5-9: UEFA Nations League Finals 2019

SOCCER -- Portugal will host the inaugural Finals, with the hosts taking on Switzerland in on June 5, and Netherlands clashing with England the following day. The Estadio do Dragao, in Porto, will host the Nations League final on June 9.

Jun 1: UEFA Champions League Final

SOCCER -- Premier League rivals Tottenham and Liverpool meet in an all-English final at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1, after both dramatically sealed their places in semi-final comeback victories.

May 10-26: Ice Hockey World Championship

ICE HOCKEY -- The men's Ice Hockey World Championship takes place in the cities of Bratislava and Košice in Slovakia, where the world’s top 16 national teams will compete for the gold medal.

NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.

Over the coming weeks I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @