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Apollo 11 50th anniversary


Gulf incidents rattle shipping industry

MIDEAST -- Iranian authorities seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, signalling an escalation in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in tensions between Tehran and the West.

Tensions between the UK and Iran flared up earlier this month when Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. London said the tanker was suspected of breaking EU sanctions.


Worst massacres in Japan in recent times

CRIME -- Thirty-three people were confirmed killed in an arson attack on an animation studio in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto on Thursday, making it the nation’s worst mass killing in 18 years.

Jul 30-31: U.S. Democratic debates

U.S. 2020 -- President Donald Trump’s campaign committee has raised over $124 million for his 2020 reelection campaign and has more cash on hand than any single Democratic primary candidate.


Netflix stumbles as competitors prepare to swoop

BUSINESS -- Netflix has lost U.S. streaming customers for the first time in eight years and missed targets for global subscribers, an announcement that jarred investors ahead of looming competition.

Harley-Davidson looks to electric future

MOTORING -- Harley-Davidson has launched its $30,000 LiveWire electric motorcycle. It is set to go on sale at 250 select Harley-Davidson dealers around the world in late September.


Von der Leyen elected EU Commission head

POLITICS -- Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen has been ratified as the new President of the European Commission with a majority of just nine votes, making her the first woman to fill the EU’s top job.

Vast Chinese loans pose risks to Africa

ECONOMY -- From 2000 to 2017, the Chinese government, banks and contractors extended $143 billion in loans to African governments to fund infrastructure projects built by Chinese companies.


More than 820m people still going hungry

DEVELOPMENT -- The number of people going hungry has risen for the third year running to more than 820 million or one in nine people, according to a UN report that blames conflict, climate shocks and economic slowdowns.

Ebola confirmed in Congo’s eastern city of Goma

MEDICAL -- The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached the crowded regional capital of Goma, raising fears that the epidemic which has infected 2,383 people and killed 1,655 could escalate.


Spacesuits: Fashion for the final frontier -- print

SPACE -- Space exploration requires human beings to dress for space. As we celebrate Apollo 11 – 50 years since man landed on the moon – we take a look at how far we’ve come since the early spacesuit of Yuri Gagarin.

Spacesuits: Fashion for the final frontier -- web

SPACE -- Space exploration requires human beings to dress for space. A spacesuit is really a personal spacecraft, enabling astronauts to take their environment with them and protect them from the void of space.


NASA’s Artemis Moon mission -- print

SPACE -- Half a century after NASA sent men to the moon under project “Apollo,” the space agency is now working to land men and women on the lunar surface as part of its “Artemis” programme.

NASA’s Artemis Moon mission plans -- web

SPACE -- Half a century after NASA sent men to the moon under project “Apollo”, the space agency is now working to land men and women on the lunar surface as part of its “Artemis” programme.


China GDP grows at slowest rate since 1992

CHINA -- China’s economic growth has slumped to its lowest level since 1992, as the world’s second largest economy suffers from a prolonged trade war with the world’s largest economy – the United States.

India’s ongoing water crisis affects millions

ENVIRONMENT -- India’s sixth largest city, Chennai, is in crisis after its reservoirs and rivers ran dry. As many as 20 other conurbations face running out of groundwater by next year, affecting 100 million people.


Deadly floods in Nepal, Bangladesh, India

WEATHER -- Dozens of people have been killed after heavy monsoon floods caused devastation in Nepal and Bangladesh, and more than three million people have been displaced in north and north-eastern India.

Jul 20: Moon landing 50th anniversary

SPACE -- On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon, declaring, as he stepped on to the lunar surface, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”


Jul 22: India Moon mission rescheduled -- print

SPACE -- India has announced a new date to launch its second lunar mission after the scheduled blast-off was halted on Monday due to a glitch. Chandrayaan-2 will now be launched at 09:13GMT on July 22.

Jul 22: India Moon mission rescheduled -- web

SPACE -- The $150m Chandrayaan-2 mission will be the first to land on the Moon’s south pole and focus on the lunar surface, searching for water and minerals and measuring moonquakes.


“El Chapo” sentenced to life in prison -- print

CRIME -- Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, who once headed a criminal enterprise that spanned continents, has been sentenced to life at the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” -- a supermax prison in Colorado.


Syrian forces facing deadlock in Idlib province

SYRIA -- More than two months into a military offensive on Syria’s Idlib province, Russian-backed government forces have made little headway in the face of fierce resistance from extremist fighters.


UK warship stops Iran attempt to “impede” tanker

MIDEAST -- Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats unsuccessfully tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf in an apparent tit-for-tit response over Britain’s seizure of an Iranian oil tanker last week.

Turkey-Cyprus gas dispute escalates

ENERGY -- Turkey has sent a second drilling ship to search for oil and gas close to Cyprus, in the Mediterranean, triggering a protests from Nicosia and calls from the EU and U.S. to halt drilling operations.


Meeting as Iran pushes limits of nuclear deal

IRAN -- Iran says that it will gradually scale back its adherence to the 2015 nuclear pact unless European signatories keep to their obligations to compensate Tehran for losses inflicted by U.S. sanctions.

Jul 17-19: The Lion King hits screens

ENTERTAINMENT -- Following this week’s world premiere in Los Angeles, first reactions hail Disney’s The Lion King as a “game-changer for visual effects.” The Lion King rolls out globally from July 17-19.


BoJo and Hunt in race to be UK premier

POLITICS -- Boris Johnson, leader of the 2016 Brexit campaign, and former Remainer Jeremy Hunt are vying for the support of around 160,000 Conservative members to become Britain’s next prime minister.

Iran announces enrichment breach

NUCLEAR DEAL -- Iran has announced it will raise its enrichment of uranium, breaking another limit of its faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions with the U.S.


NASA to fly drone on Saturn’s moon -- print

SPACE -- NASA is sending a nuclear-powered drone to Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, to explore multiple locations in search of pre-biotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth.

NASA to fly drone on Saturn’s moon -- web

SPACE -- NASA is sending a dual-quadcopter drone to explore the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Named Dragonfly, the mission will search for hints of life on a world similar to primordial Earth.


India begins world’s largest combat jet deal

MILITARY -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to boost the capability of India’s armed forces with the purchase of 114 fighter jets in a deal valued at more than $15 billion is being pursued by Saab, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

Five Eyes security rift over Huawei

MILITARY -- The U.S. has threatened to cut off intelligence sharing between the so-called Five Eyes unless its members ban 5G equipment from Huawei, fearing it could be a vehicle for Chinese spy operations.


The world’s mounting trash crisis

ENVIRONMENT -- Humans generated 1.8 billion tonnes of solid waste in 2016 (including 220 million tonnes of plastic), with about 5.3m tonnes of trash exported to Asia, according to the World Bank.

African swine fever continues to spread

HEALTH -- Scientists are racing to develop a vaccine for African swine fever before the virus spreads across the world. The disease, harmless to humans but deadly to pigs, has already devastated China’s pork industry.


1969 -- The year that changed the world -- print

HISTORY -- A half century ago the world experienced generation-defining events, the Moon landing, dawn of the information age, rising protest against the Vietnam War and an era of affordable air travel for millions of people.

1969 -- The year that changed the world -- web

HISTORY -- A half century ago the world experienced generation-defining events, the Moon landing, dawn of the information age, rising protest against the Vietnam War and an era of affordable air travel for millions of people.


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Jul 26-28: F1 German GP at Hockenheim

F1 -- Mercedes will be aiming for another 1-2 at their home circuit, with Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas holding a commanding lead in the drivers’ Championship ahead of the German GP at the Hockenheimring.


Jul 18-21: Royal Portrush hosts 148th Open

GOLF -- The 148th Open will be played at the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland after a near 70-year absence.

Aug 9-May 17: English Premier League

SOCCER -- Manchester City begin their quest for a third successive title away to West Ham United, while Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham face newly promoted Norwich and Aston Villa respectively.



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