Recent terrorist attacks against the West

MANCHESTER -- Monday night’s suicide bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England, that killed at least 22 people is the latest in a series of recent terror attacks aimed at the West.

Advance towards Islamic State Raqqa HQ

RAQQA -- U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are continuing to advance on the city of Raqqa, where some 3,000 to 4,000 so-called Islamic State militants are thought to be holed up.

Cannes Film Festival features two Netflix movies

CANNES -- The 70th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival will see Netflix movies “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or despite French opposition.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

TOKYO -- Japan's cabinet approved a bill on Friday to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.

Motorsports 2017

Jun 1-18: ICC Champions Trophy cricket

LONDON -- Host nation England, runners-up to India by just five runs in 2013, are favourites but must overcome seven other teams competing to be crowned champions.

Jun 3: All Blacks hoping to tame the Lions

AUCKLAND -- Britain and Ireland’s best rugby players travel to New Zealand for a three match test series against the world champions, looking for their first win there since 1971.

May 25-28: Monaco Grand Prix

MONTE CARLO -- For the first time in 2017, teams will be able to make their own tyre selections with most leaning towards the ultra-soft Pirelli tyre for the Monaco street circuit.

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