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International Yoga Day 2016 bidding for more yoga converts

June 21, 2016 - INDIA

International Yoga Day will bring thousands of enthusiasts to Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, for a yoga practice led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Another mass yoga session will be held on the Rajpath, New Delhi’s ceremonial avenue.

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Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church convenes in Crete

June 19, 2016 - GREECE

Patriarchs of the world’s Orthodox Christian churches meet in Crete for the first Ecumenical Council in over 1,200 years. It will be a remarkable gathering for a number of reasons; the divisions between the churches rank in scale alongside those that caused the Great Schism with Roman Christianity of 1054.

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Decision on Russian participation in Olympics

June 17, 2016 - AUSTRIA

Athletics’ ruling body, the IAAF, decides at its council meeting in Vienna whether Russia has reformed its anti-doping operation enough for inclusion in the Rio Olympics. The country was banned from competition last November after a report confirmed widespread state-sponsored doping and corruption.

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Azerbaijan makes its Formula One debut

June 17, 2016 - AZERBAIJAN

Azerbaijan, the newest addition to the Formula 1 calendar, hosts the prestigious race on a specially constructed circuit in picturesque downtown Baku. The FIA, F1’s governing body, and supremo Bernie Ecclestone have backed the race to go ahead despite the recent flare-up in fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, saying it posed no risk to the event.

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Latest Disney resort opens on the Chinese mainland

June 16, 2016 - CHINA

Disneyland Park opens in Pudong, Shanghai – the first Disney resort on the mainland. It features the largest Disney castle in the world and, at 963 acres, is three times the size of the company’s Hong Kong site. Around 330 million Chinese live within a three-hour train or car ride of the resort, which it’s hoped will attract 17 million visitors a year. Tickets for the opening day sold out within hours of going online.

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France hosts Euro 2016

June 10, 2016 - FRANCE

France hosts Euro 2016, contested by 24 teams, including two-time defending champions Spain. A million football fans are due to descend on France for the quadrennial event, and Interpol warns that the tournament is an attractive target for terrorists. Authorities are planning unprecedented security measures.

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