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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s tenth blockbuster since forming its own movie studios in 2006, hits screens on July 31.
BRUSSELS -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to publish Thursday tougher “Phase 3″ sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
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.
GLASGOW -- The 2014 Commonwealth Games begin Wednesday in Scotland with more than 4,500 sportsmen and women competing in 17 sports.
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.
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.