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Oscars viewers enjoy epic envelope error

LOS ANGELES -- “Moonlight” won the best picture trophy at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar fiasco after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner.

Iraqi forces reach key Mosul bridge

MOSUL -- Iraqi forces claim to have taken control of the western side of a bridge that would link the government-held eastern bank with the ongoing offensive in the west.

Trump says U.S. could expand nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON DC -- Donald Trump says the U.S. could expand its nuclear arsenal to stay “top of the pack” and a new strategic arms limitation treaty is “just another bad deal.”

Dire straits for Islamic State finances

LONDON -- A study of the finances of so-called Islamic State reveals that the group’s loss of territory has led to a dramatic 50 percent decline in income since 2014.

India to test second-strike capable missile

NEW DELHI -- India, is set to conduct a test of its new K-4 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It is expected to have a range of 3,500km (2,174 miles).

New radar probe in King Tut’s tomb

CAIRO -- A fresh probe using next-generation radar technology will start this month, aiming to find out once and for all if another burial site lies in King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Motorsports 2017

Mar 26: MotoGP season opens in Qatar

LOSAIL -- Twelve teams, including Repsol Honda and reigning champion Marc Marquez, will contest the MotoGP World Championship over 18 Grands Prix.

Mar 9: Europa League Round of 16

NYON, Switzerland -- An all-German domestic contest between Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach is set to be the highlight of the Last 16, while free-scoring Lyon take on Roma.

Mar 3-Sep 17: World Triathlon Series

ABU DHABI -- The opening round of the World Triathlon Series will see 2016 men’s champion Mario Mola facing tough competition from Henri Schoeman and the Brownlee brothers.

Mar 14-17: Cheltenham Festival racing

CHELTENHAM -- One of the most prestigious events in world horse racing takes place in Gloucestershire, England, reaching its climax with the Gold Cup on Friday.

Mar 9-12: Mexico Rally climbs test new cars

MEXICO CITY -- The new-generation WRC cars will be tested to the maximum in their first race on gravel, with climbs up to 2,737m, where engines lose 20% of their power in the thin air.

Mar 26: F1 season starts without champion

MELBOURNE -- Following the retirement of Nico Rosberg, the Formula One World Championship will start without its reigning champion for the first time since Alain Prost in 1994.

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