Cycling 2019

Massive pledges to Notre-Dame restoration

PARIS -- Tycoons, companies, local authorities and individuals have stepped forward with large donations totalling almost €900 million, while other pledges include free transport, timber and renovation work.

Activity seen at North Korea nuclear site

YONGBYON -- Activity detected at North Korea’s main Yongbyon nuclear site suggests that Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel, according to U.S. think tank Beyond Parallel.

Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago

HISTORY -- Leonardo da Vinci, renowned Renaissance artist and polymath, died on May 2, 1519, aged 67. His prodigious talents also included music, maths, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany and cartography.

EU carmakers face €30bn emission fines threat

BRUSSELS -- Carmakers must cut average fleet emissions to less than 95 grammes per kilometre of carbon dioxide from 2021, or face a €95 fine for every gramme of CO2 that exceeds the target, multiplied by the number of cars sold.

Teams save Notre-Dame’s art and relics

PARIS -- France has announced an international architecture competition to rebuild the spire of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral within five years.

Sabre engine passes Mach 3 test

ABINGDON -- Sabre is an experimental air-breathing rocket engine, designed to power a craft from standstill on a runway to hypersonic flight at over Mach 5 (6,300km/h), before switching over to rocket mode to reach Mach 25.

History of Notre-Dame Cathedral

PARIS -- It took 182 years to build and has stood for more than eight centuries. The cathedral was commissioned by King Louis VII, and the first stone is believed to have been laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163. Notre-Dame now stands in ruins.

Australia’s rising gun ownership

MELBOURNE -- A drive-by shooting in Melbourne, Australia, killed a security guard and wounded three others on Sunday. There are around 3.15 million civilian-held firearms in Australia – many of them owned illegally.

Apr 15: Game of Thrones’ epic finale

LONDON -- HBO aired episode one of the final season of Game of Thrones simultaneously in the U.S. and UK with British fans waiting until 01:00GMT to return to the Westeros winter for the first time since August 2017.

Timeline of Omar al-Bashir’s leadership

KHARTOUM -- Tens of thousands of jubilant Sudanese marched toward the centre of the capital Khartoum Thursday after the army toppled President Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power.

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby due soon

LONDON -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing to welcome their first child, with reports indicating the newest royal baby will be born by the end of April or beginning of May.

Battle rages for Libya’s capital

TRIPOLI -- Fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) of warlord Khalifa Hifter and the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli is threatening to disrupt oil supplies.

U.S. responds to China’s power game

HAWAII -- The U.S. military has renamed its former Pacific Command as the Indo-Pacific Command, reflecting Washington’s growing attention to China’s “two-ocean” strategy in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Candida auris infections around the world

LONDON -- A fungus called Candida auris, often acquired in hospitals and preying on people with weak immune systems, is spreading across the globe. It can be resistant to the three major classes of anti-fungal drugs.

Van Gogh's possible suicide weapon up for auction

PARIS -- The art world's most famous weapon, a 7mm pocket revolver believed to have been used by Vincent van Gogh to take his own life in 1890, is to go under the hammer at an auction in Paris on June 19.

Burger King to serve plant-based burger

ST LOUIS -- Burger King has become the first global quick-service restaurant to embrace plant-based “meats” from startups including Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat -- both backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Apr 11- May 19: India holds world’s largest poll

INDIA -- India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP against a raft of opposition parties under the Indian National Congress banner. Around 900 million people will vote during the five-week election.

Google launches Stadia game-changer

TECH -- Google has unveiled a new cloud gaming platform called “Stadia” which promises to bring console-quality games to multiple devices, streaming to TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones.


Apr 28: London Marathon 2019

ATHLETICS -- Over 35,000 elite, club, and fun runners are expected to participate in the 39th London Marathon, which starts from Blackheath in Greenwich and finishes on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Apr 18: Europa League Quarter-final, 2nd leg

SOCCER -- Napoli take on Arsenal aiming to use home advantage to recoup a two-goal deficit, while elsewhere, Benfica travel to Frankfurt while Chelsea and Valencia host Slavia Prague and Villarreal respectively.

May 10-26: Ice Hockey World Championship

ICE HOCKEY -- The men's Ice Hockey World Championship takes place in the cities of Bratislava and Košice in Slovakia, where the world’s top 16 national teams will compete for the gold medal.

Apr 26-28: F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

F1 -- Lewis Hamilton leads the Driver’s Championship ahead of round four, the Azerbaijan GP at the Baku City Circuit, narrowly ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas after victory in China .

Jul 24-Aug 9, 2020: Tokyo Olympic Games

TOKYO 2020 -- The venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are focussed in the “Heritage Zone” which includes iconic venues used at the Tokyo 1964 Games and the “Tokyo Bay Zone”, a model for exciting new urban development.

Apr 16-17: UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals

SOCCER -- Juventus host Ajax with the away goal advantage, Barcelona take on Manchester Utd with a 1-0 lead, while Manchester City must overturn the same score against Tottenham, and Liverpool go to Porto 2-0 up.

May 30-Jul 14: Cricket World Cup 2019

CRICKET -- Ten teams will take part in the round-robin contest in England and Wales, to be crowned World Champions with England, currently the top-ranked One Day International team, seeking their first World Cup on home soil.

21 days to go until NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.

Over the coming days I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @