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National Rifle Association holds annual convention facing new setbacks

  • April 26, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) holds its 48th annual meeting and trade show in Indianapolis, Indiana, facing an internal revolt from so-called gundamentalists and a less friendly U.S. Congress following the Nov 2018 election. Conventioneers can expect an update on the NRA’s fight against a recent court ruling that threatens the firearms industry.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans visits Washington DC for trade talks

  • April 26, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit President Donald Trump in Washington DC to discuss trade. The United States wants a free trade agreement that would cover a range of areas such as goods, services, investment and currency. Japan wants a trade deal on goods only. Part 2 of the negotiations happens in May, when Trump visits Japan.

Spain holds yet another general election

  • April 28, 2019 - SPAIN

    Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a snap general election in the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy on Feb 15 after his budget bill failed to pass. Separatist parliamentarians, retaliating for his refusal to discuss independence for Catalonia, voted with opposition parties to bring down the bill.

Emperor Akihito steps down after three decades on Chrysanthemum Throne

  • April 30, 2019 - JAPAN

    Emperor Akihito steps down, marking the end of an imperial era for Japan and the first abdication in more than two centuries. It will be a state occasion at which he will make a speech. The accession on the following day of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, starts a new imperial era.

Crown Prince Naruhito becomes Emperor of Japan

  • May 1, 2019 - JAPAN

    Crown Prince Naruhito succeeds to the Chrysanthemum Throne, a day after Emperor Akihito steps down, in an intimate and closed-door ritual. The pomp attached to the start of a new imperial era awaits the formal enthronement ceremony in October. Naruhito becomes emperor at an uncertain time for the dwindling imperial family.

Divisions roil the European Union 15 years after major expansion of the bloc

  • May 1, 2019 - EUROPEAN UNION

    Ten countries joined the European Union on the same May Day in 2004, and 15 years later Brussels is at odds with eight of them.

Museums struggling to secure da Vinci works for 500th anniversary of his death

  • May 2, 2019 - FRANCE

    The 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in Amboise has created a stampede of requests for exhibition loans and a political storm in France and Italy.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in court for U.S. extradition hearing

  • May 2, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London for an extradition hearing. It marks the next stage in a lengthy drama that might end with his extradition to the United States, possibly via Sweden. The U.S. wants to try him on one count of conspiracy to hack a computer in a case that has reignited debates about press freedom.

Women-only motor racing series opens

  • May 3, 2019 - GERMANY

    The new international single-seater motor racing championship for women, the W Series, launches at Hockenheim circuit. Though launched with the aim of helping females in their push to Formula 1, some drivers find the concept belittling.

UPDATED – First stage of controversial Sydney Metro opens

  • May 5, 2019 - AUSTRALIA

    Sydney Metro Northwest, the first stage of the railway billed as the country’s biggest public transport project, is due to enter service in Australia’s largest city on or about the May date. The Metro arrives with mixed views on its benefits to the congested and sprawling capital of New South Wales.