Foresight journalism . . . world news before it happens

The World News Forecast service looks up to one year ahead for headline-value content for members' news outlooks. It delivers foresight and insight, the foundation for award-winning news coverage and profitable planning.

WNF Preview

Pivotal deadline arrives for Britain’s EU departure

  • May 22, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    The date is the next key deadline in the Brexit saga. If the British Parliament has not agreed to a deal for its exit from the European Union by this time, Britain will have to contest the European Parliamentary election on the following day. For so-called Brexiteers, that participation is an anathema.

2019 European Parliament election to reshape European identity?

  • May 23, 2019 - EUROPEAN UNION

    Voters elect the ninth European Parliament in a poll that appears likely to see centrist domination of the 751-seat body eroded by a tide of euroskepticism and far-right sentiment.

CoP18 continues fight to protect endangered species – and rhinos get a break

  • May 23, 2019 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo hosts CoP18, the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), with news from China about rhino horn and an outcry over South Africa’s plan to export more lion skeletons likely to move onto the agenda.

Bid for constitutionally-enshrined indigenous voice well timed?

  • May 23, 2019 - AUSTRALIA

    The second anniversary of the summit in central Australia of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders falls in an election year, a potential boost in their quest for a constitutionally-enshrined indigenous voice. The opposition Labor Party, at least, appears to be listening.

New exhibition marks bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria

  • May 24, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    A major new exhibition at Queen Victoria’s childhood home at London’s Kensington Palace will mark the 200th anniversary of her birth on May 24, 1819.

French Open 2019 holding out on rule change that prevents tennis marathons

  • May 26, 2019 - FRANCE

    Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep won’t have the benefit of the tie-break rule change introduced recently at other Grand Slam tournaments when they defend their tennis singles crowns at the 2019 French Open in Paris – where no player will be wearing a catsuit.

President Trump visits Japan to congratulate new emperor and talk trade

  • May 26, 2019 - JAPAN

    President Donald Trump makes a state visit to Japan to congratulate Emperor Naruhito on his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, then hunkers down with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for trade talks. U.S.-Japan relations are mainly sound, but Trump’s preoccupation with trade imbalances is reported to be making Tokyo nervous.

Big Ben turns 160 almost mid point in facelift for the iconic clock

  • May 31, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    London’s Big Ben rang out for the first time May 31, 1859. It ceased chiming out the hour on Aug 21, 2017, at the start of a four-year refurbishment that includes giving it a more colorful face. The anniversary arrives almost mid point in the facelift.

Romania next stop on Pope Francis travel marathon

  • May 31, 2019 - ROMANIA

    Pope Francis visits Romania on the 20th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s visit to the Balkan country, the first by a pope. Pope Francis has taken it upon himself to heal divisions within the Christian world and reach out to non-Christian faiths. The mission took him to six foreign countries in 2018. The total for 2019 could exceed seven.

Egypt is building a new capital with multiple lures for Cairenes

  • June 1, 2019 - EGYPT

    The government has built several new cities in an effort to lure Cairenes from overflowing Cairo, and the first phase of the move to the latest venture – the new administrative capital – is expected in June. The success of the yet-unnamed city in the desert some 40 km away on Cairo’s outskirts will depend on whether it offers sufficient enticements.