Majority think their country is on wrong track

LONDON -- An international survey finds that six in 10 people around the world think their country is on the wrong track, with financial and political corruption topping their concerns.

A World Worries survey of more than 20,787 adults in 28 countries by Ipsos, between August 24 and September 7, put unemployment and poverty one point behind corruption, followed by crime, violence and healthcare.

Cost of cutting marine pollution hits hard

LONDON -- In a bid to clean up the world’s shipping industry, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has ruled that the amount of sulphur allowed in bunker fuel must be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020.

Emmanuel Macron’s poll numbers slide

FRANCE -- Only 25% of those surveyed between November 9-17 say they are satisfied with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, according to a survey of almost 2,000 people by Le Journal du Dimanche.

Wreckage of Argentine submarine found

BUENOS AIRES -- The crushed remains of Argentina’s ARA San Juan submarine, which disappeared a year ago off the country’s Atlantic coast with 44 crew members on board, has been found by a U.S.-based seabed exploration company.

Dubai Police to train on flying motorbikes

TECH -- A flying motorcycle developed by California-based startup Hoversurf is being used to train police officers in Dubai, with the aim of helping first responder units to access hard-to-reach areas.

Nov 26: InSight spacecraft to land on Mars

SPACE -- NASA’s robotic Mars lander, InSight, will study the interior structure of the Red Planet to answer questions about the early formation of the inner planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars – 4.5 billion years ago.

Paris mayor plans to pedestrianise city centre

PARIS -- The mayor of Paris wants to pedestrianise the historic centre of the French capital. The project would see traffic heavily restricted in Paris’s first four arrondissements, or districts, and electric shuttles installed.

UN World Toilet Day – Gates reinvents WC

BEIJING -- Bill Gates has been showcasing new approaches for sterilising human waste at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing. One approach favoured is Caltech’s self-contained, domestic toilet and wastewater treatment system.

Brexit crisis triggers no-confidence move

LONDON -- At least 20 MPs have admitted to sending letters of no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May to Sir Graham Brady, the Tory backbench chief. A total of 48 letters must be sent to trigger such a vote.

Pilots not told of MAX design change

SEATTLE -- Investigators into the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX which killed 189 people in Indonesia have determined that the Angle of Attack (AOA) sensor was feeding bad data to the jet’s flight computer.

Sharp rise in U.S. hate crimes for third year

WASHINGTON -- Reported hate crimes in the U.S. rose by 17% in 2017, the third straight year that such incidents increased, according to FBI data. Law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes last year compared with 6,121 in 2016.

Iraq and Kurds near deal to restart Kirkuk oil exports

IRAQ -- Iraq is close to a deal to restart oil exports from the disputed Kirkuk region after U.S. sanctions hit Iranian crude exports. The agreement could add up to 400,000 of barrels of oil a day to international supplies.

Submarine to visit deepest parts of ocean

SCIENCE -- For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 10km below the surface.

Giant crater found below Greenland’s ice sheet

HIAWATHA -- A city-sized meteorite impact crater dated to around 11,700 years ago has been discovered beneath the Greenland ice sheet. If confirmed, it will be the first ever located below a continental ice sheet.

China builds permanent airfield in Antarctic

ANTARCTICA -- China is building a permanent airfield in Antarctica as a global scramble over the world’s polar regions intensifies. At the moment, China has only one fixed-wing plane that can fly to the polar regions.

ABBA’s virtual reunion show

ENTERTAINMENT -- Holographic virtual avatars representing Swedish pop legends ABBA – dubbed “Abbatars” – are to be revealed in a global TV special in December, to be followed by a world tour in 2019-20.

Apollo moon missions’ 50th anniversary

SPACE -- The Apollo programme began 50 years ago with the first manned Apollo space flight which laid the groundwork for the missions that saw a dozen men land on the moon between 1969 and 1972.


Dec 1: Wilder meets Fury in heavyweight title fight

BOXING -- WBC champion Deontay Wilder defends his title against Tyson Fury at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, with the victor seeking a unification bout with Britain’s Anthony Joshua -- holder of the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts.

Nov 24: Copa Libertadores Final 2nd leg

SOCCER -- Fierce Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate meet for the second leg in Buenos Aires. The first leg ended with honours even at Boca’s home stadium, after River Plate equalised twice in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Nov 15-20: UEFA Nations League tournament

SOCCER -- The inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament gets underway, with 2018 World Cup winners France kicking off the competition against Germany. Each matchday features 23 matches across four different leagues over three days.

Nov 24-26 English Premier League season

SOCCER -- A top-of-the-table London derby sees Chelsea host Tottenham, with the winner making up vital ground on leader Manchester City, who take on West Ham, and Liverpool, who face Watford.

Nov 22: PGA European Tour 2019 starts

GOLF -- The PGA European Tour gets underway with the Honma Hong Kong Open, the first of 49 tournaments in 31 countries -- spanning the five continents and culminating in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Nov 23-25: F1 season finale at Yas Marina

F1 -- The F1 season comes to a close at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the battle for third-place in the Drivers’ Championship down to a fight between Kimi Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.

May 11, 2019: Giro d’Italia 2019 route

CYCLING -- The 2019 Giro d’Italia features three individual time trials and seven summit finishes in a balanced but testing route which ramps up into a brutal second half raced almost entirely uphill.

Jul 6-28, 2019: Tour de France route

CYCLING -- The 2019 Tour features 30 categorised climbs andf ive mountain finishes in what organisers promise will be “the highest Tour in history”, designed to encourage breakaways and attacks.

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