FIFA World Cup 2018

NATO summit to focus on alliance spending

NATO -- Greater “burden sharing” is set to be a theme of the NATO summit in Brussels, with just eight of the alliance’s 29 members living up to their commitments to spend at least two percent of GDP on defence.

Battle of Yemen’s Hodeida airport

YEMEN -- Fears of a humanitarian crisis grew in Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeidah after Saudi-led coalition forces seized the airport from Iranian backed Houthis.

U.S. withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON -- The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”

Steps in U.S.-China trade conflict

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his trade conflict with China Monday, threatening to impose a 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

U.S.-China trade war heats up

BEIJING -- The world’s two biggest economies are moving closer to an all-out trade war, with China raising import duties of 25 percent on $34 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Jun 24: Turkey set for tight election race

ANKARA -- Turkey votes on June 24 in both parliamentary and presidential elections with incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan well-placed to win a presidency with increased powers.

India on brink of worst-ever water crisis

ENVIRONMENT -- India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history with 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The crisis is only going to get worse.

What the Greek-Macedonian name deal is about

ATHENS -- For 27 years, Greece and Macedonia have been bedevilled by one of the oddest disputes in international diplomacy -- what the smaller, younger country of 2.1 million should be called.

North Korea’s potential peace dividend

BUSINESS -- The Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit has raised hopes of a relaxation of sanctions on North Korea, allowing imports of much-needed fuel from South Korean refiners and exports of its rich mineral deposits.

“The Mastaba” art object by Christo

LONDON -- Artist Christo’s latest large scale work is an enormous 20-metre-high floating sculpture in London’s Hyde Park. Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba opens on June 18.

Pro-business Duque wins Colombian election

-- Conservative Ivan Duque has won Colombia’s presidential runoff pledging to change a landmark peace accord with FARC rebels which ended decades of conflict in the South American state.

Jul 7-29: Tour de France, cycling’s blue riband

CYCLING -- The 2018 Tour de France starts in the Vendée region and ends three weeks later in Paris with the traditional circuits of the Champs Elysées. The race starts a week later than usual to avoid too much of an overlap with the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Jul 19-22: Carnoustie hosts 147th Open

GOLF -- At more than 7,400 yards, the rugged, windswept Championship Course at Carnoustie, Scotland has a reputation for being one of the toughest in the UK, with narrow fairways, sloping greens and ample bunkering.

Aug 11-May 12: Premier League fixtures 2018-19

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Manchester City kick off the new season away to Arsenal, while rivals Manchester Utd host Leicester City, Liverpool face West Ham United, and Tottenham travel to Newcastle United.

Jun 29-Jul 1: Netherlands MotoGP

MOTOGP -- The historic Dutch TT, first held in 1925 and only suspended during the war, takes place at the TT circuit at Assen as the eighth round of the 2018 MotoGP season.

United bid wins FIFA World Cup 2026

MOSCOW -- A combined “United” bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico has won the right to stage the biggest World Cup ever held -- with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

Jun 14-17: 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

GOLF -- The links-style course in Southampton, New York is hosting the major for the fifth time, and will play as a par 70 at 7,445 yards – 450 yards more than the 2004 Open – thanks to 10 new back tees.

Jun 14-Jul 15: FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

SOCCER -- The FIFA World Cup kicks off, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. Host nation Russia open the tournament in Moscow, with the final at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

Jun 22-24: F1 returns to France after 10 years

F1 -- The first French Grand Prix since 2008 takes place at the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet, Var, a track which last hosted Formula 1 in 1990, with subsequent races taking place at Magny-Cours.

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