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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down five years ago

  • July 17, 2019 - UKRAINE

    On Jul 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was downed by a Buk missile that was fired from eastern Ukraine, the second loss of a Malaysia Airlines flight in the same year. The Dutch-led joint investigation team announced on Jun 19 that three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with bringing a missile into the area in eastern Ukraine and with murdering 298 passengers and crew.

Russia’s biggest rock festival likely to roll out the tanks again

  • July 18, 2019 - RUSSIA

    The 2019 Nashestvie festival will bring some 200,000 rock fans – and army tanks and recruitment stands – to the outskirts of Moscow. Some performers object to the military presence. The organizers defend it, and festivalgoers who remember the 2003 terror attack on the rival Krylya festival might see it as protection.

Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King released

  • July 19, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    The first teaser trailer for Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King has been released.

Disney releases The Lion King live-action remake of 1994 animated classic


    Director Jon Favreau’s reworking of the 1994 classic animated feature film, The Lion King, opens with a new cast and the full benefit of CGI to capture the photorealistic effects he achieved with The Jungle Book, a smash box office hit in 2016 that was based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel by the same name. Both movies reflect Disney’s drive for live-action remakes of their animated classics.

Men first walked on the Moon 50 years ago

  • July 20, 2019 - SPACE

    NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, 50 years ago. The United States is hatching a return plan, seeing the Moon as both treasure and a way-station to Mars. The next footsteps on the Moon might be female.

First Virgin Galactic space tourists due to blast-off?

  • July 20, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has targeted the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing for the first commercial flight for SpaceShipTwo from the New Mexico spaceport, and he plans to be on board. In preparation, the company is outfitting the crew cabin and moving operations from California to the spaceport.

Japan holds election seen as strategically important for prime minister’s agenda

  • July 21, 2019 - JAPAN

    Japanese voters will elect half of the Upper House of the National Diet, and the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to win the majority needed to push through his key policy ambitions. These include revising the country’s wartime pacifist constitution.

Tories announce winner of vote for party leader

  • July 22, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    Conservative Party officials will tally up votes cast by 160,000 party members and declare the winner of its contest to choose a leader. The winner, Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will be obliged to resolve the Brexit challenge that destroyed Theresa May's premiership.

50th White Paper anniversary the backdrop for 40th First Nations meeting

  • July 23, 2019 - CANADA

    The focus at the 40th Annual General Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Frederikton, New Brunswick, will be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new legal framework for indigenous people. His father, Pierre Trudeau, created a stir around such a framework 50 years ago.

Tokyo begins countdown to XXXII Olympiad

  • July 24, 2019 - JAPAN

    The 12-month countdown begins for Tokyo 2020, which runs from Jul 24 to Aug 9 in 2020. During the bid process Japan sold itself as a “safe pair of hands,” and it is reported to be living up to its boast after a rocky start.