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Voyager probes en route to the stars on their 40th birthday

August 20, 2017 - SPACE

NASA's Voyager twins left Earth in 1977 - Aug 20 for Voyager 2 and Sep 5 for Voyager I - and 40 years on they are the most distant human-made objects in Space.

The Great American Eclipse a show-stopper

August 21, 2017 - UNITED STATES

A solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States from coast to coast, beginning in the Pacific northwest. For the first time also, the path of totality will sweep over only one country, the United States, so the phenomenon has been dubbed The Great American Eclipse.

Toronto International Film Festival announces 2017 film selection

August 22, 2017 - CANADA

The Toronto International Film (TIFF) announces the films that will be screened at the 2017 festival. TIFF prides itself as being the predictor of success at the other festivals: the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winners are likely to be somewhere in the selection.

Angola votes without President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in contention

August 23, 2017 - ANGOLA

The election for the 220-seat National Assembly will test whether Angola can open up to democracy without igniting another civil war. The winning party chooses the president, who doubles as head of the government, and for the first time in 38 years that choice won't be Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Finland sets the table for feast marking 100 days until 100th birthday

August 25, 2017 - FINLAND

The Let's Eat Together festival, aimed at changing Finland's eating habits, starts the 100-day countdown to the 100th anniversary of the country's independence from Russia on 6 Dec 2017.

Big-money Mayweather-McGregor bout set for Las Vegas

August 26, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor come to blows in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a bout hailed as the "biggest fight ever."

China’s quadrennial National Games a winner or a loser?

August 27, 2017 - CHINA

The organisers promise innovation at the 13th National Games in Tianjing. Reports following the 12th Games suggest that innovation won't fix the quadrennial event, which rivals the Olympics in scale.

Iranians to return to Hajj after dispute settled

August 30, 2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

After a one-year absence, tens of thousands of Iranians will be among the 2 million pilgrims at Mecca for the annual Hajj. Riyadh and Tehran have settled their dispute over security and logistics that kept Iranian pilgrims away in 2016.

New Queensferry Crossing opens after delays

August 30, 2017 - SCOTLAND

When the record-breaking Queensferry Crossing opens after several delays, it will carry the M90 motorway across the Firth of Forth.

74th Venice Film Festival a prompt for retrospective of 1932 classics

August 30, 2017 - ITALY

The Venice International Film Festival started 85 years ago. It survived a few missing years and the early taint of Fascism to become one of the top events of its kind. Screenings for the 74th festival take place at the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi.

Twenty years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

August 31, 2017 - FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM

Special events will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car crash in Paris at the age of 36. The former Diana Spencer died alongside her friend, Dodi Fayed and their driver when her sons, the princes William and Harry, were aged 15 and 12.

Dilma Rousseff impeached one year ago amid vast Car Wash scandal

August 31, 2017 - BRAZIL

The year since President Dilma Rousseff was impeached - on charges that pale in comparison to the corruption allegations against some of her accusers - has seen setbacks to Brazil's effort to end impunity in high places.

World waiting for Apple to outdo itself with iPhone8?

September 1, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Apple is expected to release its iPhone 8. Ten years ago, thousands of customers lined up at Apple stores across the country to be among the first to purchase the first Apple iPhone. The iPhone 8 will be a harder sell unless Apple can outdo itself.

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson returns to Earth

September 1, 2017 - SPACE

American astronaut Peggy Whitson, who had broken several records before she left Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov 17, 2016, will have broken several more when she ends her extended mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

BRICS leaders meet with long to-do list and a quest for more clout

September 1, 2017 - CHINA

The leaders of the five BRICS economies meet in Xiamen "to amplify their voice on global issues and restructure the world economic order," in the words of an expert quoted in Xinhua. A recent Russian headline raises the possibility that the restructuring might embrace ditching the dollar and euros.