FIFA World Cup 2018

YouTube to launch music streaming service

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google’s parent company Alphabet is entering the fiercely contested music streaming battleground with its “YouTube Music” service It will compete with Spotify and Apple Music.

Facebook’s ongoing battle with abuse

MENLO PARK -- Facebook took down 583 million fake profiles and scrubbed 836 million pieces of spam in the first three months of 2018, according to its first-ever report into community standards.

Iraq rivals jostle for power after Sadr win

IRAQ -- Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is looking to form a governing coalition after dealing a blow to both Iranian and U.S. influence with a shock election triumph that upended Iraqi politics.

EU’s bilateral trade with Iran at risk

BRUSSELS -- Europe moved swiftly to revive economic relations with Iran after a deal to dismantle the country’s nuclear weapons programme was verified in January 2016, ending years of crippling international sanctions.

Roller-coaster life of Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following last week’s election.

Gaza suffers deadliest violence in years

GAZA -- At least 58 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli troops in Gaza Monday as the U.S. officially opened its Embassy in Jerusalem. It was Gaza’s deadliest day since 2014.

Jun 12: Opening set for TANAP gas pipeline

SAN FOCA -- The Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) – set to bring Azeri natural gas to Turkey and the EU – is the central link in the so-called Southern Gas Corridor aimed at reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian supplies.

EU economies suffer GDP growth setback

BRUSSELS -- Economic growth across Europe took a dent in the first three months of 2018, while industrial production in the eurozone rose 0.5 percent in March, after three consecutive monthly declines.

EU talks on saving Iran nuclear deal

BRUSSELS -- Foreign ministers from Germany, France and Britain will meet in Brussels on Tuesday evening to find a way to save the Iran nuclear deal after U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord.

Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr takes shock lead

BAGHDAD -- With 90 percent of the vote counted, a coalition led by hard-line populist Muqtada al-Sadr has managed a surprise victory in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, demanding an end to corruption.

May 15: Putin to open Crimean Bridge

CRIMEA -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to open the controversial Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Russia’s southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch.

Militant attacks in Indonesia

SURABAYA -- A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks.

Jun12: Singapore to host Trump-Kim summit

SINGAPORE -- Singapore’s diplomatic ties with North Korea and its proximity made the Southeast Asian city-state a natural choice for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

EU braces for secondary sanctions from U.S.

LONDON -- EU companies face secondary sanctions from the White House over trade deals with Iran. Secondary sanctions cut off foreign businesses from the U.S. financial system, making them unattractive business partners.

Kim borrows from Trump’s playbook

SINGAPORE -- In 2017, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was given a copy of Donald Trump’s 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, in which Trump lays out winning tactics to stick to during negotiations.

May 19: Royal Wedding – interactive

WINDSOR -- The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is followed by a procession through Windsor to receptions hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at St. George’s Hall and Prince Charles at Frogmore House.

Formula 1

May 26: Real v Reds in Champions League Final

SOCCER -- Reigning champions Real Madrid are aiming to become first team to win three successive titles, while Liverpool are hoping to win a sixth European Cup in their first final since losing to AC Milan in 2007.

May 25-27: F1 Monaco Grand Prix

F1 -- After notching up his first victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix, F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has seen a return to form in the time for the blue riband Monaco GP.

May 18-20: MotoGP French Grand Prix

MOTOGP -- Fifth round of the 2018 MotoGP season, the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, takes place at Le Mans circuit, France, with Honda’s Marc Marquez once again leading the Drivers’ Championship.

May 19: FA Cup Final - Chelsea face Man Utd

SOCCER -- The final of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest association football competition, will be contested this year by 8-time winners Chelsea and Manchester United, seeking a record-equalling 13th victory.

May 4-27: Giro d’Italia enters the mountains

CYCLING -- After starting in Jerusalem, Israel - the first Grand Tour to start outside Europe - the riders now face the first of the mountain stages. The Giro ends in Rome for only the fourth time in its history.

Jun 14-Jul 15: FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

SOCCER -- The FIFA World Cup kicks off, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. Host nation Russia open the tournament in Moscow, with the final at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

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