FIFA World Cup 2018


Russia’s seaborne nuclear power plant

RUSSIA -- Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, is preparing to embark on its maiden mission, providing electricity to a remote Russian town in the Arctic far east.

The Akademik Lomonosov is slowly being towed from St. Petersburg, Russia, to the town of Murmansk, where its two nuclear reactors will be fueled up. The vessel will leave for the town of Pevek sometime in summer 2019.


U.S.-Iran sanctions will hit European companies

BRUSSELS -- The economic impact of U.S. President Trump’s move to quit the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran will hit EU companies that have done business with Iran since the 2015 accord was signed.



Food trade threat from global chokepoints

WORLD -- Those facing hunger has fallen even as the population has grown. Now, increasingly vulnerable trade routes are strained from growing shipments, becoming chokepoints in the global food supply.


Sweden tests world’s first electrified road

TRANSPORT -- Sweden is testing the first road of its kind that can charge a vehicle as it drives along. The state-funded scheme, named eRoadArlanda, could potentially help cut the high cost of electric cars.

May 22: YouTube Music service debuts

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google’s parent company Alphabet is entering the fiercely contested music streaming battleground with its “YouTube Music” service, competing with Spotify and Apple Music.


World Agenda for June – print version

LONDON -- Each month Graphic News moves a World Agenda -- an illustrated diary of upcoming events -- as well as a Sports Diary. Both graphics are available in print and responsive web format.

World Agenda for June – interactive version

LONDON -- The World Agenda gives a preview of events scheduled for June, such as the possible summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, the G7 summit in Canada, and the FIFA World Cup.


Giuseppe Conte proposed as Italy’s PM

ROME -- Giuseppe Conte, a law professor with scant political experience, has been picked as the candidate for prime minister by Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League.

Mount Kilauea lava reaches Pacific Ocean

HAWAII -- A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean and launching lava skywards.


Venezuela’s Maduro wins second term

CARACAS -- Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by the boycott of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition and claims of vote-rigging.

Jun 5: 50 years since Robert Kennedy assassination

U.S. -- Fifty years ago, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and fatally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, hours after winning the California presidential primaries in the 1968 election. He died in the early hours of the next day.


China’s “debt-trap diplomacy” threat

BEIJING -- China is funding dual-use infrastructure projects from the Pacific to the Horn of Africa, fuelling “debt traps” that will give Beijing leverage to gain strategic and military power.


Jun 12: Opening set for TANAP gas pipeline

SAN FOCA -- The Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) – set to bring Azeri natural gas to Turkey and the EU – is the central link in the so-called Southern Gas Corridor aimed at reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian supplies.

EU talks on saving Iran nuclear deal

BRUSSELS -- Foreign ministers from Germany, France and Britain will meet in Brussels on Tuesday evening to find a way to save the Iran nuclear deal after U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord.


EU’s bilateral trade with Iran at risk

BRUSSELS -- Europe moved swiftly to revive economic relations with Iran after a deal to dismantle the country’s nuclear weapons programme was verified in January 2016, ending years of crippling international sanctions.


EU braces for secondary sanctions from U.S.

LONDON -- EU companies face secondary sanctions from the White House over trade deals with Iran. Secondary sanctions cut off foreign businesses from the U.S. financial system, making them unattractive business partners.

Kim borrows from Trump’s playbook

SINGAPORE -- In 2017, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was given a copy of Donald Trump’s 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, in which Trump lays out winning tactics to stick to during negotiations.


Formula 1


Jun 14-17: 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

GOLF -- The links-style course in Southampton, New York is hosting the major for the fifth time, and will play as a par 70 at 7,445 yards – 450 yards more than the 2004 Open – thanks to 10 new back tees.

May 27: Grand Slam tennis at Roland Garros

TENNIS -- World No.1 and 10-time champion Rafael Nadal heads the seeds, aiming to secure a 17th Grand Slam title but the clay court master’s toughest battle is set to come from a new generation of stars.


Jun 1-3: MotoGP Gran Premio d’Italia

MOTOGP -- The sixth round of the MotoGP season, the Italian GP, takes place at the Autodromo de Mugello, with Honda’s Marc Marquez holding a massive 36 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

Jun 14-Jul 15: FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

SOCCER -- The FIFA World Cup kicks off, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. Host nation Russia open the tournament in Moscow, with the final at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.


May 26: Real v Reds in Champions League Final

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Real Madrid are aiming to become first team to win three successive titles, while Liverpool are hoping to win a sixth European Cup in their first final since losing to AC Milan in 2007.

May 25-27: F1 Monaco Grand Prix

F1 -- After notching up his first victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix, F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has seen a return to form in the time for the blue riband Monaco GP.



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