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Motorsports 2019


Showdown at border over Venezuela aid

VENEZUELA -- Venezuela’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaidó has set up a confrontation over U.S. aid by calling for Venezuelans to cross borders and bring it into the country on Saturday.

Denying the existence of a humanitarian crisis, President Nicolas Maduro called the aid operation a U.S.-orchestrated show leading to an eventual invasion, and said that his government would instead be bringing in relief from Moscow.


Increase in global spread of measles

GENEVA -- There were 229,068 cases of measles and 136,000 deaths from the highly contagious disease worldwide in 2018, up 48 per cent from 2017, according to the World Health Organisation.

Iran to send warships to Atlantic

TEHRAN -- Iran is set to deploy warships to the Atlantic Ocean from March, in a five-month mission apparently aimed at to increase its operating range close to the waters of the United States.


Tensions escalate in contested Kashmir

SRINAGAR -- Tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours Indian and Pakistan are mounting following a battle with Kashmir militants that left seven dead, just days after a suicide bomb killed at least 41 paramilitaries.

First flight of Crew Dragon capsule

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER -- SpaceX has set March 2 for the first test launch of a Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station. A manned flight could blast off and head for the ISS as early as July.


What’s next for Spain as elections loom?

MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday called a snap national election for April 28 after his draft budget was rejected in parliament, potentially spelling months of uncertainty.

Grand Canyon battles uranium claims

ENVIRONMENT -- As the Grand Canyon National Park marks its centenary, it is fighting to prevent nearby lands from contamination by new uranium mining. A 20-year ban on mining remains in force, but is under review.


“Mission complete” for Mars Opportunity rover

WASHINGTON -- NASA has called time on its Opportunity Mars rover after the robot geologist last contacted Earth in June 2018 -- just before it was engulfed in a huge dust storm -- 15 years after it landed on the planet.


EU jobs at risk from hard Brexit

HALLE -- If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement on international trade -- a “hard Brexit” -- more than 435,000 jobs will be affected across the bloc, according to a new study by the Halle Institute for Economic Research.

El Chapo faces “Supermax” prison

COLORADO -- “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from two high-security Mexican prisons before his ultimate capture, will likely spend the rest of his life imprisoned in ADX Florence, a “Supermax” prison called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”


Orbex Prime rocket could launch from UK

SPACE -- Orbex is a British-Danish-German startup hoping to send small commercial satellites into orbit from a launch pad on the A’Mhòine peninsula in the Scottish highlands as early as 2021.

Vietnam for second Trump-Kim summit

HANOI -- Vietnam, communist-run but with capitalist leanings, hosts the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in
Hanoi on February 27 and 28.


U.S.-backed forces launch fight for last Islamic State

SYRIA -- U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces have begun what could be the final battle against so-called Islamic State militants in Syria, after a five-month campaign to liberate the Euphrates River valley from the jihadist group.


First private spacecraft shoots for the moon

SPACE -- An Israeli nonprofit group is aiming to lead the first privately funded mission to land a probe on the moon, following in the footprints of the former Soviet Union, the U.S. and China.


Africa’s heroin highway to Western markets

AFRICA -- A rising share of the heroin crop from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is being shipped along a network of maritime routes to East and southern Africa in a so-called “smack track” to the West.


NEWSSPORT

Feb 19: Champions League Last 16

SOCCER -- Olympique Lyon and Barcelona meet at the Groupama Stadium, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face his old rivals Bayern Munich at Anfield. Second leg matches take place on March 13.

Mar 17: Formula 1 rule changes for 2019

F1 -- Rule changes, laying the groundwork for wholescale changes due in 2021, make the cars look noticeably different this season – with aerodynamic alterations intended to improve overtaking opportunities.


Feb 21: Europa League Last 32, 2nd leg

SOCCER -- Europa League Round of 32 second leg matches include a contest between Eintracht Frankfurt and Shakhtar Donetsk. A closely-fought first leg ended in a 2-2 draw, giving Frankfurt the edge with two away goals.

Mar 10: MotoGP World Championship 2019

MOTOGP -- Marc Marquez will be aiming for a record sixth MotoGP championship when the season commences in Qatar. It comprises a total of 19 Grands Prix and concludes in Valencia, Spain in November.


Feb 1-Mar 16: Six Nations rugby 2019

RUGBY -- France and Wales open the tournament in Paris, followed by Scotland’s clash with Italy at Murrayfield, while reigning champions Ireland begin the defence of their title against England in Dublin.

Feb 19-20: UEFA Champions League Last 16

SOCCER -- On Tuesday, Barcelona cross the Pyrenees to take on Lyon and Liverpool clash with Bayern Munich, while Schalke host Manchester City and Atletico Madrid face 2018 finalists Juventus on Wednesday.


Feb 15: Super Rugby Championship 2019

RUGBY -- The southern hemisphere’s top rugby union club tournament gets underway, with New Zealand’s Crusaders aiming for a third successive title after victory over South Africa’s Lions in last season’s final.

Sep 20-Nov 2: Rugby World Cup 2019

RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. The 2019 tournament marks the first time it has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.


May 11-Jun 2: Giro d’Italia 2019 route

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.

Jul 6-28: Tour de France 2019 route

CYCLING -- The 2019 Tour features 30 categorised climbs and five mountain finishes in what organisers promise will be “the highest Tour in history”, designed to encourage breakaways and attacks.



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