NATO expands for first time in eight years

BRUSSELS -- NATO is set to expand by welcoming Montenegro into the alliance, the first ex-Communist eastern European country since Albania and Croatia joined in 2009,

Russia says NATO’s steady expansion into the former communist states of eastern Europe threatens its own security and cannot go unchallenged.

F-35 to make Paris Air Show debut

LE BOURGET -- The U.S. Air Force’s F-35 stealth fighter is scheduled to appear at this year’s Paris Air Show, with Lockheed Martin pilots performing the first aerial demonstration.

Terrorist links of Manchester’s attacker

MANCHESTER -- As police and intelligence officials investigate the terrorist attack which claimed 22 lives at Manchester Arena, a picture is emerging of Salman Abedi’s network.

Jun 5: 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

JERUSALEM -- On June 5, 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack on Egypt that drew Syria and Jordan into war. Fifty years on, the repercussions of the Six-Day War continue to reverberate around the Middle East and the wider world.

New Zealand hosts first private space launch

MAHIA PENINSULA -- U.S. company Rocket Lab has launched a rocket from New Zealand, the world’s first from a private facility, showcasing affordable launch opportunities to low Earth orbit.

South Korea's new high-speed train link

SEOUL -- Construction of a new high-speed train line linking Seoul with Winter Olympic venues in PyeongChang is complete and testing is underway ahead of the 2018 Games.

Recent terrorist attacks against the West

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

World Agenda for June available now

LONDON -- Each month Graphic News moves a World Agenda -- an illustrated diary of upcoming events -- in both print format and as a responsive version for digital devices.

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.

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.

Motorsports 2017

Jun 15-18: U.S. Open golf at Erin Hills

WISCONSIN -- The golf majors have produced six consecutive first-time winners and the national open, second of this year’s four majors, could make at a seventh .

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.

May 28-Jun 11: Roland Garros tennis

PARIS -- Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, both struggling for form, head the men's seeds, while Angelique Kerber tops the women's, aiming for her third major title.

Jun 8-11: Rally Italia Sardegna

ALGHERO -- Fast, narrow roads lined with trees or rocks leave no room for error, while temperatures of up to 30°C place higher than normal stress on car engines and transmissions.

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