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The U.S. Open Tennis tournament in New York will answer questions about the staying power of the three main newsmakers at the 2018 event: singles champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, and Women’s runner-up Serena Williams. The tournament offers Williams another chance to win her 24th Grand Slam.
MAKS opens at Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow, with China partnering Russia to put on the biennial airshow and the two positioning themselves to capitalize on Boeing’s woes.
La Vérité (The Truth), directed by Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda, will open the 76th Venice Film Festival, a departure from the Hollywood openers of recent years. The 70th Golden Lion will be awarded at the Venice Lido event.
A record 32 national teams compete in eight cities for the 18th FIBA Basketball World Cup, a tournament that will give sports fans their first look at teams qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. FIBA moved the tournament from 2018 to 2019 to avoid the usual competition for headlines with football’s all-devouring FIFA World Cup.
The mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which deploys more than 10,000 UN peacekeepers in the south of the country at the border with Israel, is due to expire in August. It will probably be renewed if Lebanese-Israeli tensions continue to rise.
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) declared a ceasefire on Aug 31, 1994, and Loyalist paramilitary groups followed on Oct 13. The formal cessation of hostilities after decades of bloody conflict yielded the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 and peace in Northern Ireland. Twenty five years later, political deadlock in
Westminster and Stormont threatens the peace, which is further complicated by the Brexit standoff.
Beijing’s Daxing International, the world’s largest airport, is due to open by the end of September. Expected to handle 72 million passengers a year by 2025, it is one of 216 airports that China plans to build by 2035 to meet the country’s growing demand for air travel.
Twelve women and 12 men begin what appears to be a dream job – lying in bed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne for 60 days and earning US $19,000 for the experience. It is the Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study (AGBRESA), designed to find out how to counteract bone and muscle atrophy from a weightless environment.
The Tsentr-2019 war games in the Arctic archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and New Siberian Islands see Russia readying for the era of melting sea ice, which will diminish the barrier between North America and Russia and open up fierce international competition for new polar sea routes and resources.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a space command in July that would be responsible for defending its satellites, and it is due to come into force officially in September. France’s Air Force will eventually be renamed as Space and Air Force. The country is following a new trend that effectively sidelines the 1966 Outer Space Treaty.