Women’s World Cup

Iran shoots down U.S. military drone

MIDEAST -- A U.S. military drone has been shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, a U.S. official said on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Iran’s Press TV reported the downed drone was a U.S.-made RQ-4 Global Hawk, while the U.S. official said it was a MQ-4C Triton maritime derivative. Both are unmanned surveillance aircraft developed by weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

How Brexit could bite the British sandwich

BREXIT -- If Britain leaves the EU without a deal, trade with the bloc will be bound by World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, under which imports and exports will be subject to “Most Favoured Nation (MFN)” tariffs.

Nearly 71 million people displaced worldwide

REFUGEES -- A record 70.8 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence – an increase of more than two million from last year – the UN refugee agency said in its annual Global Trends report.

Four accused of downing flight MH17

AVIATION -- Four men -- three Russians and a Ukrainian -- have been charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in east Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

Jun 21: Toy Story 4 set for record earnings

MOVIES -- Movie theatre box office records for an animated feature are set to be smashed in June when Toy Story 4 is released -- Pixar’s latest blockbuster has already broken advance ticket sales records in the United States.

Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi dies in court

EGYPT -- Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist former Egyptian president who was ousted by the military in 2013, was buried in eastern Cairo on Tuesday, a day after he collapsed in court and died.

U.S. sending more troops to the Middle East

MIDDLE EAST -- The U.S. is deploying 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, citing concerns about a threat from Iran. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the U.S. increased with oil tanker attacks.

1969 -- The year that changed the world -- web

HISTORY -- A half century ago the world experienced generation-defining events, the Moon landing, dawn of the information age, rising protest against the Vietnam War and an era of affordable air travel for millions of people.

1969 -- The year that changed the world -- print

HISTORY -- A half century ago the world experienced generation-defining events, the Moon landing, dawn of the information age, rising protest against the Vietnam War and an era of affordable air travel for millions of people.

Netflix tests water of multimedia empire

ENTERTAINMENT -- Netflix is launching a slew of merchandise tie-ins to coincide with the release of Season 3 of their smash hit streaming show “Stranger Things”. The move is seen as an attempt to enter the wider world of merchandising.

China threatens rare earth export controls

TRADE WAR -- Reports from the state-run Global Times on Monday raised the prospect that China may impose export controls on rare earth minerals in its trade dispute with the U.S. Rare earth elements are crucial to advanced U.S. weapons.

By the Numbers: Climbing Mount Everest

ENVIRONMENT -- The Spring climbing season saw Mount Everest become even more overcrowded than any previous year, with a record 891 climbers reaching the summit, leading to dangerous congestion on the world’s highest peak.

Trump mulls sanctions on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

ENERGY -- U.S. President Donald Trump has again criticised Germany over its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deal with Russia, threatening to impose sanctions on the project he says will leave Berlin “captive” to Moscow.

Two tankers struck in suspected attacks

MIDEAST -- Two oil tankers were hit, and their crews evacuated, in a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman early on Thursday, causing oil prices to surge and raising the already heightened tensions in the Middle East.

El Chapo faces “Alcatraz of the Rockies”

CRIME -- Following his conviction for drug trafficking in February, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is likely to spend the rest of his life at a U.S. maximum security jail when he is sentenced on June 25.

Britain to intensify fight against climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE -- Britain is aiming to become the first G7 economy to reach “net zero” fossil-fuel pollution by 2050. The move comes after oil giant BP warned that global emissions rose by an “unsustainable” two percent in 2018.

World’s most expensive painting all at sea

ART -- “Salvator Mundi”, a painting controversially attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, whose whereabouts has been a mystery since it sold for a staggering $450m in 2017, is allegedly decorating a yacht in the Red Sea.

Fear of eroding freedoms in Hong Kong

CHINA -- Steps by the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in recent years have raised fears among residents that the freedoms they enjoy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory are being eroded.

Iran accelerates enrichment of uranium

IRAN -- The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, says Iran is increasing its uranium enrichment activities, following through on a threat to ignore limits on stockpiling materials agreed to in a 2015 deal with world powers.

Nintendo shows remastered Zelda at E3

GAMING -- Nintendo showcased several franchise updates at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, including for the first time, its Switch remake of “The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening” – originally released for the Game Boy in 1993.

Moon landing 50th anniversary

SPACE -- On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon, declaring, as he stepped on to the lunar surface, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Plans for permanent U.S. base in Poland

MILITARY -- The United States will likely move forward with plans to expand its military presence in Poland, which could include more than 1,000 new troops and the permanent stationing of forces in the country.

Italy facing possible financial sanctions

EU -- The European Commission has ruled that Italy is breaching EU rules over its growing government debt, starting a process that could lead to financial sanctions. Italy’s debt grew to 132.2 percent of GDP in 2018, second only to bailed-out Greece.

U.S. to sell $2bn in weapons to Taiwan

MILITARY -- The U.S. plans to sell more than $2 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan, a move that has angered China and is likely to escalate the growing trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

Boeing takes off at Paris Air Show

BUSINESS -- British Airways owner IAG and Boeing stole the show at the end of the second day of the Paris Air Show with a surprise 200-strong commitment for the 737 Max worth more than $24 billion.

Russia’s first attack drone maiden flight

NOVOSIBIRSK -- Russia’s prototype stealth drone is due to make its maiden flight in July or August. The Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter) will be fully autonomous and follow a pre-programmed flight path, according to TASS.

China to weaponize rare earths in trade war

BUSINESS -- China’s powerful planning body has threatened to use rare earths exports as leverage in the trade war with the U.S., in a sign of increasing tensions between the two powers.


Jun 21-Jul 19: Africa Cup of Nations 2019

SOCCER -- The biennial football championship of Africa, with 24 teams competing to be crowned continental Champions, takes place in Egypt after original hosts Cameroon were stripped of the tournament last year due to construction delays.

Messi tops list of world’s highest paid athletes

SPORT -- Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned $127m in salary and endorsements over the past 12 months, surpassing soccer rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, to top Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid athletes.

Jun 21-23: F1 French GP at Paul Ricard

F1 -- The French Grand Prix, the eighth race of the Formula One 2019 season, takes place at the Castellet circuit, where Lewis Hamilton claimed victory when France returned to the F1 calendar last year.

Jun 7-Jul 7: FIFA Women’s World Cup winners

SOCCER -- Since the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, four different national teams have claimed the trophy. The Americans have their sights set on a record-extending fourth victory after vanquishing Japan in the 2015 final.

Jun 14-Jul 7: Copa America 2019

SOCCER -- Copa America 2019 is set to get under way on June 14 and it will run for three weeks until the final on July 7. Group games will finish on June 24 -- knockout fixtures are played from June 27.

May 30-Jul 14: Who’s who at the Cricket World Cup

CRICKET -- Ten teams are competing to be crowned World Champions at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, with England, currently the top-ranked One Day International team, seeking their first World Cup title on home soil.

Jun 15-Jul 7: CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019

SOCCER -- The 15th CONCACAF Gold Cup will be hosted in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting matches, and features 16 teams all battling to be crowned continental champions. Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium will host the final on July 7.

Jul 6-28: Tour de France teams 2019

CYCLING -- The 2019 Tour de France will feature 18 UCI World Tour teams, with wildcard entries awarded to the top two teams from the Europe Tour classification and another two wildcard teamss invited.

NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.

Over the coming weeks I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @