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G20 summit seeks agreement on threats to global growth

  • June 28, 2019 - JAPAN

    G20 leaders assemble in Osaka with the challenge of agreeing on ways to ameliorate threats to global growth. Japan, which is hosting the forum of 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies for the first time, plans to focus on the circular economy, a strategy for sustainable growth.

EU gives Switzerland another six months for a deal

  • June 30, 2019 - SWITZERLAND

    The European Commission has given Switzerland a deadline for endorsing a new treaty with the European Union. Without the agreement the Swiss stock exchange will lose access to the EU market. The issue might spur a referendum.

Finland assumes presidency of European Union

  • July 1, 2019 - EUROPEAN UNION

    Finland replaces Romania as president of the European Union shortly after an election that kept the Euroskeptic Finns Party out of government, despite their second placed finish in the polls. Successful coalition talks mean the new government consists of an EU-friendly center-left grouping at a time when polls show record support in the country for EU membership.

Wimbledon 2019 to say goodbye to tennis marathons

  • July 1, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    Neither fans nor players will have to endure marathon tennis matches at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. A record-setter in 2010 and two ultra-long matches in 2018 prompted a rule change that introduces final set tiebreakers for all matches. Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will be intent on thrusting defeats at the French Open behind them as they head into Wimbledon 2019.

Netherlands introduces ban on using phone while cycling

  • July 1, 2019 - NETHERLANDS

    From mid-year it will be illegal in the Netherlands, a country where there are 22,000 miles of cycle lanes and more bicycles than people, to hold a mobile phone while cycling. It is already illegal to use a phone, except in hands-free mode, while driving.

Antarctic meeting to celebrate treaty anniversary and consider tourist surge

  • July 1, 2019 - CZECH REPUBLIC

    The 2019 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), in Prague, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the compact, which appears to be holding fast against everything except climate change and a visitor surge: the icy continent has become a tourism hot spot.

Great South American Eclipse a birthday treat for La Silla

  • July 2, 2019 - SOUTH AMERICA

    Only clouds could spoil the Great South American Eclipse for Argentines and Chileans, and La Silla Observatory in Chile can view it as a birthday treat. The first observing site of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla turns 50 in 2019.

NASA conducts second launch abort system of crewed Orion capsule and rocket

  • July 2, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    NASA tests the abort system of the crewed Orion capsule and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is the second test of the escape system for the agency’s next crewed spaceship. The capsule is designed to carry humans beyond low Earth orbit.

Ancient Egyptian sculpture sale upsets Cairo antiquities minister

  • July 4, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    An ancient Egyptian brown quartzite head of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun portrayed as the god Amen, a device used to align the ruling king with deities, is expected to realise over UK £4 million at auction in London.

Trump’s Fourth of July plans spark alarm he is politicizing the holiday

  • July 4, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    President Donald Trump plans to have U.S. military planes, including one of the aircraft used as Air Force One, fly over the Mall during Fourth of July celebrations in Washington DC. He will also give an address from the Lincoln Memorial, sparking alarm amongst lawmakers that he will turn the nation’s most cherished holiday into a partisan event.