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WORLD AGENDA: August 2017 infographic

World events scheduled for August

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August 1-31, 2017 -- Graphic shows news events in August 2017. Events this month include the start of negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and presidential elections in Rwanda and Kenya. India and Pakistan gained independence 70 years ago, and Diana, Princess of Wales, died 20 years ago. Airbus Perlan II will attempt to set a new glider altitude record, boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor face off in a historic bout, and a solar eclipse will sweep across the continental U.S. from coast to coast.

Aug 16-20, U.S., Canada, Mexico: Negotiations begin on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Donald Trump’s administration has a list of demands, while Canadian premier Justin Trudeau stresses the virtues of cross-border trade, claiming common ground with Trump by saying both are focused on jobs

Aug 4, Rwanda: President Paul Kagame, in power since 2000, is expected to win a further term as president. Criticism of the authoritarian leader is muted because Rwanda is thriving just two decades after the Hutu-Tutsi genocide ripped the country apart

Aug 8, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and opposition leader Raila Odinga face off for the presidency. The support of young voters, in a country where 80% of the population is aged 35 and below, could be decisive

Aug 21, U.S.: A solar eclipse will sweep across the country from coast to coast. Over 12 million people live within the path of totality, and 200 million more within one hour’s drive

Aug 31, UK: Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris 20 years ago. Tributes will include the unveiling of a statue erected in the grounds of her London home, Kensington Palace, at the request of her sons Princes William and Harry

August, Argentina: Airbus Perlan II, a carbon-fibre glider, will attempt to reach 27.5km (90,000 feet) above Patagonia in a bid to set a new glider altitude record

Aug 26, U.S.: Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather (left) and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor come to blows in Las Vegas in a bout hailed as the “biggest fight ever”

Aug 14, India & Pakistan: The nuclear-armed rivals gained independence 70 years ago. The end of British rule in 1947 created two nations, Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, but disputed Kashmir remains a flashpoint and tensions are once again on the rise

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