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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.

Trade tensions likely to hit airline profit outlook

  • June 1, 2019 - SOUTH KOREA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects increasing trade tensions and higher costs will mean a further cut in 2019 industry profit forecasts when it holds its annual general meeting (AGM) in Seoul.

Hong Kong vigil for slain Tiananmen Square protesters lacklustre 30 years on?

  • June 3, 2019 - CHINA

    The authorities forcibly cleared pro-democracy demonstrators from Beijing's Tiananmen Square 30 years ago, and hundreds if not thousands died. The scale of the milestone vigil in semi-autonomous Hong Kong on Jun 4 will indicate if resignation is replacing outrage.

President Trump arrives for state visit and WWII anniversary events

  • June 3, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM & FRANCE

    Britain needs post-Brexit trading partners, an explanation for why, despite opposition, the country is flattering President Donald Trump with a controversial full state visit ahead of World War II 75th anniversary events in England and France.

British parliament holds another vote for Brexit deal

  • June 3, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    Parliament will vote for the fourth time on a Brexit deal in the week of Jun 3, with another No vote determining Theresa May’s fate as prime minister. Recent weeks have seen desperate attempts at deal-making between the Conservative government and Labour opposition, with evidence in their recent local election losses that the Brexit brouhaha is hurting both parties.

U.S. women won the vote 100 years ago and the rebellion continues

  • June 4, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    Congress passed a constitutional amendment 100 years ago that guaranteed U.S. women the right to vote. The centenary of the 19th Amendment sees an historic number of women in Congress, and the #MeToo era appears to have spurred the breakthrough.

FIFA tweaks Club World Cup plan after deciding not to expand 2022 World Cup

  • June 5, 2019 - FRANCE

    The 69th FIFA Congress in Paris will fine-tune President Gianni Infantino’s controversial plan for an enlarged Club World Cup, which would see the current competition grow from seven to 24 teams. A plan to increase the size of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams has been abandoned.