World Agenda, print and multimediaWorld Agenda, print and multimedia

LONDON -- Upcoming events include Turkey's first direct presidential elections, and a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and 50 African heads of state. China rules on reform of Hong Kong's voting system, while a couple stand trial in Shanghai over buying and selling private information from a top pharmaceutical firm.

Pope Francis visits South Korea, the Panama Canal celebrates its centenary, the search resumes in the Indian Ocean for missing flight MH370, and the Rosetta spacecraft will attempt the first ever landing on a comet.


Gaza death toll passes 800 as U.S. pushes ceasefireGaza death toll passes 800 as U.S. pushes ceasefire

WASHINGTON -- Bids to secure a ceasefire are intensifying after a UN shelter was shelled. At least 832 Palestinians have died and 5,240 injured. Israel has lost 36 people.

2014 plane crash fatalities double those of 20132014 plane crash fatalities double those of 2013

GENEVA -- Three passenger plane crashes in the past week have caused more fatalities over a seven-day period than all aviation fatalities in 2013, reports B3A.


First Formula E electric grand prix in ChinaFirst Formula E electric grand prix in China

LONDON -- Formula E cars will race in 10 city centres in a bid to push electric vehicle design. The first race of these 225km/h E cars is in Beijing on September 13.

Stage 20 – Le Tour's sole individual time trialStage 20 – Le Tour's sole individual time trial

PERIGUEUX -- Barring total disaster on Saturday’s 54km individual time trial from Bergerac to Perigueux, Vincenzo Nibali will be Italy’s first winner of Le Tour in 16 years.


Two Ukrainian jets shot down near MH17 crash siteTwo Ukrainian jets shot down near MH17 crash site

KIEV -- Ukraine has accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down two of its fighter aircraft close to where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed on July 17.

Emergency air safety summit, print and multimediaEmergency air safety summit, print and multimedia

MONTREAL -- Civil aviation agencies ICAO and IATA will meet in Montreal next week to discuss airline safety following last week's downing of MH17 over Ukraine.


Marvel’s super-powered movie strategyMarvel’s super-powered movie strategy

LOS ANGELES -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s tenth blockbuster since forming its own movie studios in 2006, hits screens on July 31.

EU to submit more Russia sanctionsEU to submit more Russia sanctions

BRUSSELS -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to publish Thursday tougher “Phase 3″ sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.


Premier League print and multimediaPremier League print and multimedia

LONDON -- Premier League teams are expected to set a new high of £70 million (€89m, $1.2bn) in transfer dealing over the summer transfer window.

Jul 23-Aug 3: Commonwealth Games Jul 23-Aug 3: Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW -- The 2014 Commonwealth Games begin Wednesday in Scotland with more than 4,500 sportsmen and women competing in 17 sports.


Aug 14: Papal visit to South KoreaAug 14: Papal visit to South Korea

VATICAN -- Pope Francis visits South Korea on August 14 on his first trip to Asia as pontiff. He will bring a message of peace to the war-divided peninsula.

Sep 14: Star-Spangled-Banner bicentennialSep 14: Star-Spangled-Banner bicentennial

WASHINGTON -- Two hundred years ago, during the Anglo-American War, Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen the lyrics that became the U.S. national anthem.


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