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Academy announces nominees for Oscars

January 24, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles announces the contenders for Oscar honors ahead of the awards ceremony in February. The nominations will be scanned to see if the social media hashtag #OscarsSoWhite still applies.

U.S. moonshot began 50 years ago with a disaster

January 27, 2017 - UNITED STATES

NASA commemorates the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the pioneers of the U.S. moonshot, astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. The crew of Apollo 1, they perished in a flash fire in their space capsule on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The mistakes uncovered during the inquiry helped NASA to engineer safer Apollo missions on the way to the historic Moon landing of Jul 20, 1969.

50th anniversary of Outer Space Treaty a prompt for revisions

January 27, 2017 - UNITED NATIONS

The Outer Space Treaty opened for signatures 50 years ago, and the anniversary will expose the Cold War relic to a new round of scrutiny. The main question is whether it offers protection against 21st Century realities, which include the exploitation of Space and threats to the satellites that are now vital to warfare and everyday life on Earth.

Start of Chinese Year of the Rooster an occasion for a new timepiece

January 28, 2017 - CHINA

The Year of the Fire Rooster promises to be a good year for timepiece manufacturers as the noisy bird, the alarm clock of yore, is the epitome of punctuality.

U.S. soldier faces court-martial for desertion from post in Afghanistan

February 1, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, America's lone prisoner of war in the 13-year conflict in Afghanistan, faces a two-week court-martial at the Fort Bragg army base in North Carolina on charges of desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. Bergdahl, who walked off a base in Afghanistan and was captured and held by the Taliban for five years, faces prison if convicted. The release of the soldier in May 2014 created a furor.

Qatar marks milestone in preparations for 2022 football World Cup

February 1, 2017 - QATAR

Doha Festival City opens in the Qatari capital, the massive project an early milestone in the country's construction spree ahead of the 2022 football World Cup. The tournament looms as the deadline for completing a host of malls, resorts, towers - and even cities - for World Cup tourists. The centrepiece of one new city, Lusail, is the 86,250-capacity stadium where the opening and closing matches will be played.

Transgender model to feature in India fashion show for first time

February 1, 2017 - INDIA

A transgender model will take part in one of India's top fashion events for the first time, a sign of greater acceptance of a community still ostracised despite recent laws ensuring their protection and more opportunities.

Thai leaders say general election on track for this year

February 1, 2017 - THAILAND

Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn has until this month to endorse a new constitution, approved in a 2016 referendum, that critics fear will ensure military oversight of elected governments.

NATO exercises underway in eastern Europe

February 1, 2017 - POLAND

From this month, U.S. military units will spread out across Poland, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany for training, exercises and maintenance as part of a NATO buildup that has angered Russia.

United Nations expected to issue report on war crimes in Aleppo

February 1, 2017 - SYRIA

Syrian activists have urged the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria to cite Russia and Iran for war crimes in Syria, saying they have provided evidence of alleged war crimes in the battle for Aleppo by Russia and Iranian-backed militia. The COI is expected to issue a report on Aleppo some time in February.

EU leaders meet in quest of revitalization formula for ailing bloc

February 3, 2017 - MALTA

European Union leaders meet informally in Valletta to prepare for a summit in Rome in March that is charged with creating a new vision for the bloc. The March gathering will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the foundation agreement for the European Union in 1993.

Threatened Trans-Pacific Partnership might turn one year old

February 4, 2017 - NEW ZEALAND

The hard-won and ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which covers some 40 per cent of the world economy, was signed by 12 countries in Auckland on Feb 4, 2016. It faces an uncertain first birthday.

Houston host Super Bowl LI 2017

February 5, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Grammy-Award winner Lady Gaga plays the halftime show at the 2017 Super Bowl, the most-watched event on U.S. television. Advertisers pay vast sums for 30 second slots, seen by more than 100 million viewers.

UPDATE – First of three trials opens for rancher and supporters accused in armed standoff over cattle

February 6, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The first of three trials for rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and 14 militia supporters opens in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will be tried in groups for a standoff at gunpoint in 2014 when federal agents arrived to seize his cattle. Long sentences could inflame the rebellion in Western states against federal management of public lands.

Jovenel Moise prepares to take office as Haiti president

February 7, 2017 - HAITI

Jovenel Moise is preparing to take office as the President of Haiti after winning the Nov 20 election. His main rivals for the presidency dispute his win, but in January the country's electoral tribunal confirmed the numbers released in November.