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Solar plane completes epic journey

ABU DHABI -- Solar Impulse 2, the first aircraft ever to circumnavigate the Earth without using a drop of fossil fuel, due to land in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Si2 has covered more than 30,000km in its quest to become the first plane to circle the world using solely the energy from the Sun. Its flight encompassed 17th stages including crossings of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Syrian blows himself up in Germany

ANSBACH -- A failed Syrian asylum seeker has blown himself up and injured 12 other people with a backpack bomb at a music festival in the south German town of Ansbach.

Jul 25-28: Democratic National Convention

PHILADELPHIA -- In addition to possible terror attacks, security officials expect tens of thousands of protesters during the Democratic National Convention in Philly.

Jul 29: Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz

KRAKOW -- As part of his weeklong trip to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis will visit the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, July 29.

Jul 29: Italy's banks await stress tests

ROME -- Italy’s banks hold some €360 billion of bad loans and new EU “bail-in” rules force huge losses onto millions of ordinary Italian depositors.

World Agenda for August available now

LONDON -- Each month Graphic News moves a World Agenda -- an illustrated diary of upcoming events -- in both print format and as a responsive screen version.

Giant satellite-launching airplane

MOJAVE -- The Stratolaunch air-launch platform – the largest aircraft ever to be built – is aiming to begin ferrying rockets to space by the end of the decade.

Hype builds for new Star Wars movies

HOLLYWOOD -- In its first 35 years, under George Lucas, the Star Wars universe spawned six movies and an animated TV show, but in only eight years Disney will have matched that.

To boldly go ... five decades of Star Trek

WASHINGTON -- The first ever episode of Star Trek, the science fiction TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, was aired on NBC fifty years ago on September 8, 1966.

FAST telescope to hunt for extraterrestrial life

GUIZHOU, China -- The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is the world’s largest radio telescope, hewn out of a mountain in China at a cost of $180 million.

Pokémon GO takes world by storm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The developer of the augmented reality game for smartphones, successor to Nintendo’s smash-hits of the 1990s, will soon roll out to 200 new markets.

Jul 29-31: German Grand Prix

HOCKENHEIM -- In the final race before the summer break, F1 returns to Germany after financial problems at rival circuit Nürburgring led to its cancellation last year.

Jul 22-24: Hungarian Grand Prix

BUDAPEST -- The Hungaroring hosts the 11th Grand Prix of the season with just a point separating champiosnhip leader Nico Rosberg from Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.

Jul 20-27: Copa Libertadores Final

QUITO -- South America’s premier club competition reaches its climax in a two-leg final between Ecuador’s Independiente de Valle and Atletico National of Colombia.

Aug 13: English Premier League season

LONDON -- The pick of the opening fixtures sees Arsenal facing Liverpool, while on Sept 10 Mourinho’s United host Guardiola’s City in their first Manchester derby.

Jul 28-31: WRC Finland - the “Finnish GP”

JYVÄSKYLÄ -- The classic smooth gravel stages among forests and lakes, with massive jumps, is one of the fastest rallies on the calendar, always drawing huge crowds.

Aug 5-21: 306 Olympic golds up for grabs

RIO DE JANEIRO -- In under a month, the world’s best sportsmen will contest the 306 Olympic gold medals available in 28 sports and 38 disciplines at the Rio 2016 Summer Games.

Jul 28-31: 98th PGA Championship

NEW JERSEY -- The Baltusrol Golf Club should prove a big challenge, with its Lower Course stretched to 7,462 yards – an increase of 70 yards since it last hosted the event in 2005.

Jul 2-24: Tour de France hits the road

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL -- The world’s greatest cycling race and second Grand Tour of the year starts on the Normandy coast and ends in Paris three weeks later.


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