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The World News Forecast service delivers foresight and insight, the foundation for award-winning news coverage and profitable planning. JOIN to receive a weekly email selection of future world news stories, the WNF Bulletin. The service looks up to one year ahead for headline-value content for members' in-house news calendars or news outlooks. SAMPLE typical WNF Bulletin stories in the WNF Preview, below.

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OSIRIS REx passes by Earth for slingshot effect

September 22, 2017 - SPACE

OSIRIS REx swings by Earth en route to asteroid Bennu, using Earth's gravity like a slingshot to hurl the spacecraft onward to its destination. In mid 2018 it will orbit and sample the carbonaceous space rock before returning to Earth in 2023.

Populist politics intruding on New Zealand parliamentary election

September 23, 2017 - NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand First, an anti-establishment party, and the new Labour-Greens alliance are each striving to deny the conservative National Party its fourth term at the helm of the Pacific country.

Star Trek TV series rebooted for 50th anniversary

September 24, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The Star Trek television series is to get a reboot almost one year after the 50th anniversary of the show's launch in Sep 2016. Star Trek: Discovery will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and new civilizations. The producers are keeping the details, like the plot and the cast, under wraps.

WRITE-THROUGH UPDATE Germans elect 19th Bundestag with little expectation of an upset

September 24, 2017 -

September 24, 2017, GERMANY, A fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel seems probable following a recent win for her conservative party. Speculation has shifted to which party or parties will govern in coalition with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Labour party holds annual conference with showdown looming?

September 24, 2017 -

September 24-27, 2017, UNITED KINGDOM, A jubilant and divided Labour Party returns to the seaside city of Brighton for its annual conference. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s efforts to steer the party farther to the left might trigger a showdown.

68th International Astronautical Congress a grandstand for big announcement?

September 25, 2017 - AUSTRALIA

The 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide provides the host, Australia, with a grandstand for an announcement about its spacefaring intentions. It is under pressure to launch an Australian Space Agency.

Kurds plan independence vote for Iraqi Kurdistan

September 25, 2017 - IRAQ

The provocative plan for an independence vote on Iraqi Kurdistan is seen by some analysts as more about control over the region's oil fields than about a divorce from Baghdad.

Car Wash scandal the backdrop to Brazil second energy sector auction of 2017

September 27, 2017 - BRAZIL

The National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels (ANP) auctions 287 oil and gas blocks across the country. The sale reflects Brazil's focus on the energy sector to ease the financial pain from the so-called Car Wash Scandal at Petrobras, Brazil's state-owned oil giant.

EU leaders meet to advance Europe’s Digital Single Market

September 29, 2017 - EUROPEAN UNION

European Union leaders meet in Tallinn, Estonia, to work on the EU Digital Single Market (DSM). The discussion will cover perceived obstacles to its smooth operation, which might include too many restrictions on new technologies.

Ethiopia begins full-capacity power generation from controversial dam

October 1, 2017 - ETHIOPIA

Despite unresolved downstream issues with Sudan and Egypt, Africa's second most populous country is expected to begin generating electricity at full capacity at the new Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, a tributary of the Nile River.

Catalan separatists step up battle for independence with second referendum

October 1, 2017 - SPAIN

The president of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, plans to call a second referendum on independence in a move likely to infuriate Madrid which firmly opposes secession for the wealthy, 7.5 million-strong region.

UN ends its peacekeeping mission in Haiti

October 1, 2017 - HAITI

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Apr 13 to end its 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, by Oct 1. The 5,927 UN peacekeepers leave under a cloud. They will be replaced by a police unit.

Illegal arrivals given deadline to prove refugee entitlement

October 1, 2017 - AUSTRALIA

The deadline for illegal arrivals living in Australia to apply for refugee protection or face deportation sees the country's controversial immigration policy back in the headlines.

Independence bid an echo of Biafra civil war

October 1, 2017 - NIGERIA

Niger Delta militants plan to declare the independence of the oil-rich region on Oct 1, according to Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper, and have ordered northern Nigerians to leave. The declaration courts another civil war: the independence declaration by three eastern states in 1967 triggered the three-year Biafra civil war.

Once sports celebrity O.J. Simpson released early from prison

October 1, 2017 -

October 1, 2017, UNITED STATES. Former football start O.J. Simpson, 70, will walk free from a Nevada prison after serving some nine years of a 33-year sentence for robbery. Notoriety will keep him in the public eye: at the end of a sensational trial, he was acquitted in 1995 of a brutal double murder.