• HORSE RACING Cheltenham Festival highlights 2017 (print)
  • ATHLETICS Tokyo Marathon (interactive)
  • MOTORSPORT MotoGP Championship (interactive UPDATE)
  • IN PREP: EU Procurement (107mm wide: DUE 13:30)
  • IN PREP: MILITARY Iraqi forces launch assault on west Mosul (107mm, DUE 14:00GMT)
  • IN PREP: BUSINESS: PSA-Opel merger job loss fears (107mm, DUE: 1500GMT)
  • IN PREP: MILITARY India second strike capability (107mm, DUE 15:00GMT)
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Iraq launches offensive on western Mosul

IRAQ -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched a ground offensive to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants, the latest operation in a four- month battle.

The jihadi group is essentially under siege in western Mosul – its last stronghold in Iraq. Concern has been voiced by the UN about the welfare of civilians trapped in Mosul, amid reports that they could number up to 650,000.


New radar probe in King Tut’s tomb

CAIRO -- A fresh probe using next-generation radar technology will start this month, aiming to find out once and for all if another burial site lies in King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Zealandia – eighth continent under New Zealand?

BOULDER -- Geologists claim that a vast landmass almost entirely submerged in the south-west Pacific, is distinct enough to constitute a separate continent -- five million-square-kilometre Zealandia.


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Feb 20: Vital Eurogroup meeting for Greece

BRUSSELS -- The next gathering of eurozone finance ministers takes place on February 20 – a crunch meeting to free up cash from Greece’s frozen bailout to avoid default – again.



North Korea’s latest missile test

SEOUL -- North Korea’s test of a new solid-fuel missile is a worrying development in its bid to develop a weapon system that could threaten the U.S. and its allies.




U.S. bases vulnerable to Chinese attack

BEIJING -- Satellite images suggest China is practising for attacks against a range of targets at a test site, with U.S. forward bases vulnerable to a pre-emptive missile strike.



Motorsports 2017


Mar 14-17: Cheltenham Festival racing

CHELTENHAM -- One of the most prestigious events in world horse racing takes place in Gloucestershire, England, reaching its climax with the Gold Cup on Friday.

Feb 26: Tokyo opens Marathon season

TOKYO -- 35,000 runners will compete in the opening race of the World Marathon Majors. Helah Kiprop of Kenya won the women’s event last year in a course record 2:21:27.



Mar 26: MotoGP season opens in Qatar

LOSAIL -- Twelve teams, including Repsol Honda and reigning champion Marc Marquez, will contest the MotoGP World Championship over 18 Grands Prix.

Mar 9-12: Mexico Rally climbs test new cars

MEXICO CITY -- The new-generation WRC cars will be tested to the maximum in their first race on gravel, with climbs up to 2,737m, where engines lose 20% of their power in the thin air.


2018: PyeongChang Winter Olympics

SOUTH KOREA -- From February 9, 2018, the city of PyeongChang will welcome athletes from nearly 100 nations for the first Winter Olympics to be held on South Korean soil.

Feb 23: Super Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The southern hemisphere’s top rugby union club tournament kicks off, with the Hurricanes looking to defend their title. The final takes place on August 5.


Mar 26: F1 season starts without champion

MELBOURNE -- Following the retirement of Nico Rosberg, the Formula One World Championship will start without its reigning champion for the first time since Alain Prost in 1994.

Feb 25-27: English Premier League

LONDON -- Leaders Chelsea welcome Swansea, while the chasing pack will try to close the gap to the top as Tottenham host Stoke and Liverpool visit struggling Leicester City.



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