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Gravitational waves finally discovered

WASHINGTON -- A century after Albert Einstein explained his General Theory of Relativity, scientists say they have finally found elusive gravitational waves.

As these mysterious ripples in the fabric of space pass Earth, local space is alternately stretched and compressed. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Collaboration operates a number of labs around the world that fire lasers through long tunnels, trying to sense ripples in the fabric of space-time.

One in ten Syrians killed or injured in civil war

DAMASCUS -- Over 11.5 percent of Syria’s population have been killed or injured since the bloody crisis in the country erupted in March 2011, according to a new report.

Feb 21: Battle of Verdun centenary

VERDUN -- Commemorations begin on February 21, marking the centenary of the Battle of Verdun while July 1 marks the centenary of the Somme offensive.

Church leaders hold historic meeting

HAVANA -- Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church meet in a bid to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Western and Eastern Christianity.

Army offensive threatens Aleppo’s civilians

ALEPPO -- The UN says up to 300,000 people could be cut off from basic food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

Super-rich driving U.S. presidential election

WASHINGTON -- Less than 100 super-rich individuals – many with ties to oil or Wall Street – have donated $183 million to Super PACs backing presidential contenders.

NATO to send more forces east to deter Russia

BRUSSELS -- NATO defence ministers meet on Wednesday to discuss bolstering troop presence in eastern Europes to its highest level since the Cold War.

U.S. to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says it is planning to deploy a THAAD defence system to South Korea to protect against potential North Korean ballistic missile attacks.

Russia sends multirole fighter jet to Syria

DAMASCUS -- Russia has sent its newest and most potent warplane – the Su-35 “Flanker-E” – to support airstrikes in Syria.

Pope Francis visits Mexico and Cuba

HAVANA -- Pope Francis will visit some of the poorest and most violent corners of Mexico on his first visit as pontiff.

Ultra-green giant airship takes to the skies

CARDINGTON -- The world's largest aircraft – part plane, part airship and part helicopter – will make its maiden flight in the UK in March. The Airlander 10 is 91m long and 26m high.

Aug 5-21: Rio 2016 Olympics will go ahead

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Authorities have said the Olympics will not be cancelled because of the Zika virus outbreak and there was no risk to athletes or spectators, except pregant women.

Feb 28: Tokyo Marathon 10th anniversary

TOKYO -- Over 36,000 runners are expected to participate in the 10th Tokyo Marathon. Tokyo was promoted in 2013 to become one of the six World Marathon Majors.

Feb 26: Super Rugby Championship

DUNEDIN -- The southern hemisphere’s top rugby union club tournament kicks off, with two teams from Japan and Argentina joining a radical new format.

Chinese football outspends Premier League

BEIJING -- The Chinese Super League has surpassed the spending power of the Premier League after Alex Teixeira agreed a record £38.4m move to Jiangsu Suning.

Feb 11: Winter rally at WRC Sweden

KARLSTAD -- The only true winter round of the World Rally Championship takes place in the frozen forests around Hagfors, characterised by frozen roads lined with snow banks.

Mar 18-20: F1 season starts in Australia

MELBOURNE -- A record 21-race season - including a new race on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan - starts with the Australian GP and ends in Abu Dhabi in November.

Mar 20: MOTOGP season starts in Qatar

QATAR -- The 2016 MotoGP season comprises 18 Grands Prix, commencing with the Qatar GP in March and concluding in Valencia, Spain in November.

Feb 6-Mar 19: Six Nations Championship rugby

DUBLIN -- Ireland begin their campaign for a third successive title against Wales. No team has retained the trophy more than twice since France won four in a row from 1986-89.


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