EUROPE/MOON – The European Space Agency (ESA) is to open a ‘lunar facility’ in Cologne today with the aim of turning it into a ‘Moon Village’ to to familiarize astronauts with the hostile conditions they will have to cope with on the Moon. One of the planned experiments is using 3D printing technology to build habitats sourced from the moon. China is co-operating with the ESA in the project.
PHILIPPINES/DRUGS – Police shot and killed 14 people when raiding the house of the mayor of the city of Ozamiz. AP reports they police were trying to serve a warrant to search the house of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr when security guards opened fire. Mr Parojinog had been publicly linked to the drugs trade by President Duterte. He is the third mayor to be killed during the President’s anti-drug crackdown which has left thousands of people dead.
SAUDI/AL-SADR – The Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday for his first visit in 10 years. He was greeted by the Minister for Gulf Affairs. Al-Sadr enjoys wide support in Iraq and is the de facto controller of a large militia group.
It’s trial week for leader (see below) and a trial for the USA given that Saturday is ‘National Underwear Day”.
Mon – Ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the WWI Battle of Passchendaele continue. UK’ s Prime Minister Theresa May attending along with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Belgian King and Queen. More than 500,000 people died during the 3-month long battle.
Tues – 90th anniversary of the forming of the People’s Liberation Army in China. A huge parade is expected in Beijing.
Tues – UK’s Prince Philip makes his last official appearance before retiring from public life. The 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II presides over a Royal Marines sponsored charity event – the 1664 Global Challenge.
Tues – Closing statements by former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in her trial on allegations she failed to prevent corruption. A guilty verdict could lead to 10-year jail sentence.
Weds – Brazil’s lower house of parliament votes on whether to send President Michael Temer to the Supreme Court on corruption charges. If he is sent for trial he will be removed from office during the hearings.
Thurs – Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych goes on trial in abstentia. The prosecution alleges treason based on suppression of the 2014 uprising. Mr Yanukovych fled to Moscow in Feb 2014 and will not come back from the trial saying it is ‘politically motivated’.
Thurs – The annual BRICS heads of government meeting opens in China. Then leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will be in Shanghai.
Fri – Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame runs for election for a third term having had the constitution changed to allow him to so do.
Fri – South Africans vote again on no-confidence motion in President Zuma. He’s survived 8 such votes so far.
Sat – Edinburgh Festival opens, this year sponsored by… the British Army.
Sun – 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the people of Hiroshima.