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Rugby World Cup 2019


Titanic finder in search for Amelia Earhart

AVIATION -- Oceanographer Robert Ballard, famous for discovering the wrecks of the Titanic and Bismarck, is conducting a new search in the Pacific Ocean for missing aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane.

Ballard has directed his state-of-the-art ship, the E/V Nautilus, to the waters off Nikumaroro, part of the Phoenix Islands, Kiribati. The results of the expedition will be broadcast in a documentary set to air on National Geographic on October 20.


Two Ebola treatments cut deaths in trial

MEDICAL -- Clinical trials conducted amid an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have identified two new drugs that can dramatically cut mortality from the disease.


1960s James Bond car fetches $6.4m at auction

MOTORING -- An Aston Martin DB5, one of the most iconic cars from the James Bond movies, has fetched $6.4 million at auction in California. The 1965 “Silver Birch” was one of the most coveted vehicles of its time.

Trump uses 137-year-old rule to stop migrants

U.S. -- President Trump has revived a 19th-Century rule targeting hundreds of thousands of poor immigrants deemed likely to become “public charges,” with dependence on public benefits.


U.S. budget deficit already tops 2018 full figure

U.S. -- The U.S. government’s budget deficit for the first 10 months of the 2019 financial year already exceeds last year’s total figure, as spending grows more than twice as fast as tax collections.

Russian nuclear agency admits role in blast

RUSSIA -- Russian officials have released some information about a mysterious blast on a platform in the White Sea off northern Russia that caused a radiation spike in a nearby city and killed five nuclear scientists.


Flyboard Air could have military applications

TECH -- A jet-powered hoverboard, made famous by inventor Franky Zapata’s show-stealing appearance in Paris and successful flight across the English Channel, is undergoing suitability tests by the U.S. and French military.

India’s water scarcity challenge

ENVIRONMENT -- Groundwater levels are declining across India -- the world’s largest groundwater user -- with farmers in north-west India facing the prospect of having no groundwater left for irrigation by 2025.


1.7 million jobs lost in Europe with no-deal Brexit

BREXIT -- The European Union could see 1.73 million job losses across the UK and remaining 27-member bloc in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a study by Leuven University for the Belgian government.

U.S. and Taliban inch towards peace deal

AFGHANISTAN -- A peace deal between the Taliban and the United States is expected to be finalised within weeks. America will pull troops out of Afghanistan and in return the Taliban will sever ties to transnational terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.


UN raises aid appeal for Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE -- The United Nations has increased its aid appeal for Zimbabwe to $331.5 million to help it recover from a drought that has decimated harvests and threatened millions with starvation.

Improved iPhone to focus on camera in 2019

TECH -- Apple is rumoured to be revealing its annual iOS and iPhone upgrades - expected to focus on a new camera - on Tuesday, September 10, with a likely launch date of Friday, September 20.


India’s change to disputed Kashmir’s status

KASHMIR -- India’s government has revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut.

Hong Kong flights resume after protests

POLITICS -- Following two days of flight cancellations, the operator of Hong Kong International Airport has obtained a court injunction to stop protesters from blocking outbound passengers.


Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic

CLIMATE CHANGE -- Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16, who refuses to fly because of the environmental impact of air travel, will cross the Atlantic in a zero-carbon vessel to attend two key UN summits on global warming.

U.S. planning new naval base in Australia

MILITARY -- The U.S. Navy is planning to build a military port in Australia once Congress gives approval for $211.5 million. Each year, 2,500 U.S. Marines are deployed to an Australian base at Darwin.


Could PLA troops intervene in Hong Kong?

MILITARY -- Fears are growing in Hong Kong that Beijing could send in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to quell unrest following weeks of anti-government protests in the city.

China reportedly planning naval base in Cambodia

MILITARY -- China has reportedly signed a secret deal with Cambodia to give its military exclusive rights to use part of Ream naval base in the Gulf of Thailand to project power across Southeast Asia.


NASA’s Artemis Moon mission plans

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.


NEWSSPORT

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 that the showpiece has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.

Aug 25: British MotoGP at Silverstone

MOTOGP -- Honda Repsol’s Marc Marquez sits at the top of the Championship standings ahead of the 12th round of the MotoGP season at the Silverstone Circuit, with second-placed Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati 58 points behind.


Aug 24: La Vuelta a España 2019 cycling

CYCLING -- The 74th edition of the Vuelta a España, cycling’s final Grand Tour of the year, will feature more than three weeks of racing and 21 stages, covering a distance of more than 3,270km.

Aug 16: German Bundesliga fixtures

SOCCER -- Fussball-Bundesliga kicks off as reigning champions Bayern Munich start with a home clash against Hertha Berlin, while other opening fixtures - including Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Augsburg - taking place the following day.


Aug 20-21: Champions League play-off draw

SOCCER -- The draw for the play-offs for the 2019-20 Champions League sees 22 teams battle to secure one of just six remaining berths in the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage. The play-off round matches take place Aug 20-21 and Aug 27-28.

Aug 16: Spanish La Liga kicks off

SOCCER -- Spain’s Primera Division season kicks off, with champions Barcelona opening the defence of their title away to Athletic Bilbao, while perennial rivals Real Madrid begin their campaign against Celta Vigo.



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