Winter Olympics 2018

Zimbabwe braces for post-Mugabe era

HARARE -- Zimbabwe’s army appears to be pushing for a quick and bloodless end to 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s 37 years in power, replacing him with a national unity government.

Last week Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a bid to position Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, as his heir apparent. The sacking prompted Mnangagwa’s military allies to act.

Mystery radioactive cloud over Europe

FRANCE -- Monitoring stations measured elevated levels of radioactive ruthenium 106 drifting across Europe between September 29 and October 6. Levels have now fallen, and pollution is no longer detected.

Leonardo da Vinci shatters auction record

NEW YORK -- Salvator Mundi, a depiction of Christ as “Saviour of the World” by Leonardo da Vinci, sold for $450,312,500, becoming the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

Zimbabwe army takes over country

HARARE -- Zimbabwe’s army has seized control of the country and detained 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, nine days after Mugabe sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Venezuela on brink of bankruptcy

CARACAS -- Venezuela has a $120-$140 billion external debt which it borrowed when oil prices were more than $100 a barrel. Experts predict that a default is inevitable unless oil prices recover quickly

CO2 rise puts pressure on Paris targets

BONN -- Global emissions of carbon dioxide in 2017 are projected to rise for the first time in four years, dashing hopes that global emissions have already peaked.

Overseas student enrolment in U.S. falls

U.S. -- The number of international students enrolling in U.S. universities has fallen by seven percent since Donald Trump was elected president, according to a new survey.

Hundreds killed in Iran-Iraq earthquake

TEHRAN -- Hundreds of people were killed in Iran and Iraq on Sunday when a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region. Officials expect the casualty toll to rise dramatically.

Dubai Frame set to open to public

DUBAI -- The Dubai Frame is a $43.5m feat of engineering, a building at ground level linking two towers 150m high with an observation deck linking the top of the towers to form a huge “picture frame”.

U.S. military deployments around North Korea

NORTH KOREA -- Three U.S. military aircraft carriers are taking part in a rare military exercise not seen in a decade, providing the United States a powerful force within striking distance of North Korea.

2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year

CLIMATE -- This year will be among the three hottest on record, provisional data suggests, in a new sign of man-made climate change that is aggravating “extraordinary weather” such as hurricanes, droughts and floods.

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens it doors

ABU DHABI -- After 10 years of planning and construction, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened its doors to the public. Featuring a vast silver dome, the museum is the first of its kind in the Arab world.

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Storytelling software for websites

NEWS DESIGN -- This interactive and responsive product combines text, images, and graphics to expand from printed “graphics in a box” to visual storytelling for tablet and smartphone.

The seven men in charge of China

BEIJING -- China’s President Xi Jinping has unveiled the lineup of the ruling Communist Party’s highest body – the Politburo Standing Committee – that will lead the world’s second-largest economy for the next five years.

Nov 21: Champions League matchday 5

SOCCER -- Five-time winners Liverpool go to Sevilla, in a repeat of the 2016 Europa League final, while Monaco face a must-win tie with Leipzig, and Manchester City look to maintain their unbeaten home run.

FIFA unveil World Cup match ball

SOCCER -- FIFA have unveiled the official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Adidas Telstar 2018, a modern interpretation of the iconic Telstar ball that featured in the 1970 and 1974 Finals.

Nov 12-19: Top eight in ATP World Tour Finals

TENNIS -- Rafael Nadal will finish the season as World No.1 for the fourth time while Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is aiming for a first ATP Finals crown since 2011.

Nov 23: Start of PGA European Tour 2018

GOLF -- The Tour gets underway with the Hong Kong Open, the first of 49 tournaments in 26 countries culminating in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

To Feb 9: Winter Olympic torch relay

PYEONGCHANG 2018 -- The countdown to the Games begins in earnest when the torch sets off from Incheon to travel around South Korea, arriving at the host city on Feb 9.

Nov 16: WRC Rally Australia

RALLY -- Rally Australia is based in the coastal town of Coffs Harbour, midway between Sydney and Brisbane. Rugged and dusty forest tracks in the bush are combined with public roads.

Nov 18-20: English Premier League 2017-18

SOCCER -- Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby, while runaway leaders Manchester City visit Leicester, Manchester Utd host Newcastle and Chelsea go to West Brom.

Nov 21-22: UEFA Champions League 2017-18

SOCCER -- Group E sees Liverpool, Sevilla, and Spartak battling for two spots in the knockout stage, while Shakhtar, FC Porto and Real Madrid still need one more win to secure their places.

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