LOS ANGELES -- The critically acclaimed Netflix film “Roma” landed a best picture Academy Award nomination and several other nods Tuesday morning as the streaming service continued breaking through old Hollywood barriers.
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WASHINGTON -- The 2020 presidential race is right around the corner, with analysts predicting as many as 40 Democrat candidates may launch campaign bids against President Donald Trump for the White House.
WASHINGTON -- A newly discovered fossil shark has been named after the 1980s arcade game, Galaga. The Galagadon lived in the rivers of South Dakota around 67 million years ago, at the same time as Tyrannosaurus rex.
NORTH KOREA -- Researchers have uncovered an undeclared ballistic missile operating base in North Korea - one of approximately 20 secret missile sites - according to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
DAVOS -- Domestic crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, with only three Group of Seven leaders -- Shinzo Abe, Angela Merkel and Giuseppe Conte -- due to attend.
IRAN -- Germany, France and the UK are working to agree a common EU position over alleged Iranian assassination plots on European soil ahead of an international Middle East conference to be held in Poland.
MILITARY -- President Donald Trump is calling for a new defence strategy to better protect the United States against potential adversaries who are developing and fielding a much more expansive range of advanced offensive missiles.
LONDON -- Less than four in 10 British voters support holding a second referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU, according to a YouGov surveys, with 79% of Tory voters saying it would be undemocratic.
AVIATION -- The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant prototype, in competition with the Bell V-280 Valor to replace the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters, is to make its maiden flight.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree making it easier for Brazilians to own firearms -- the first of many expected changes to gun laws in the nation that has set a world record for homicides.
MIDDLE EAST -- Turkish President Erdogan has said that his troops will create a 32km-wide security zone in northern Syria as suggested by U.S. President Trump, to ease tensions over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country.
TECH -- Matrix Industries has unveiled a new charge-free smartwatch that uses two methods to power itself – a thermoelectric generator which draws charge from your body heat and a hoop-shaped solar panel.
CHINA -- The Beijing Expo, the biggest international horticultural exhibition ever staged, will be a centrepiece of China’s celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Communist state.
WARSAW -- The Pentagon is to report to Congress on the feasibility of permanently deploying U.S. troops on Polish soil as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Poland has already offered at least $2bn to help pay for the project.
RALLY -- The 47th FIA World Rally Championship takes place over 14 rounds, beginning with the blue riband Monte Carlo Rally and ending in Australia in November. Sebastien Ogier begins the new season as defending drivers’ champion.
RUGBY -- The southern hemisphere’s top rugby union club tournament gets underway, with New Zealand’s Crusaders aiming for a third successive title after victory over South Africa’s Lions in last season’s final.
SOCCER -- The Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club competition, commences, with 19 teams facing play-off rounds for the final four coveted places in this season’s group stage, which begins on March 5.
RUGBY -- France and Wales open the tournament in Paris, followed by Scotland’s clash with Italy at Murrayfield, while reigning champions Ireland begin the defence of their title against England in Dublin.
SOCCER -- The AFC Asian Cup takes place in United Arab Emirates, contested for the first time, by 24 teams, with a total of 51 matches played at eight venues over four weeks. The final will be held in Abu Dhabi on February 1.
SOCCER -- Liverpool take on Crystal Palace, Manchester City visit struggling Huddersfield, while in London, its derby weekend as Tottenham travel to Fulham and Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates.
SOCCER -- Defending champions Real Madrid will face Ajax, while ties of the round include last season’s finalists Liverpool against FC Bayern and Atletico Madrid taking on Juventus. The matches begin Feb 12-13.
RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. The 2019 tournament marks the first time it has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.
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.