Major Russian naval deployment to intensify Aleppo assault

DAMASACUS -- Russia is reinforcing its presence in Syria with one of the biggest demonstrations of naval power in recent years, including its flagship aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and seven escort ships.

The Russian warships are likely to reinforce a final assault on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, a senior NATO diplomat has said, citing Western intelligence.

Micro:Bit mini-computers go global

LONDON -- A mini-computer project, formerly free to UK schools, is to be sold around the world, with enthusiasts offered instructions on how to build their own versions.

Oct 22: FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season

SOELDEN -- The premier international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, taking place at more than 25 venues in 12 countries over six months begins in Austria.

Oct 19: Africa Cup of Nations draw

LIBREVILLE, Gabon -- Gabon kick off the 60th anniversary tournament on January 14, despite ongoing political unrest which could again throw the tournament into doubt.

Nov 6: Big Apple hosts 46th NY Marathon

NEW YORK -- The last of the six annual World Marathon Majors will feature defending champions Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany, who goes for a third consecutive title.

Oct 27-30: Rally of Great Britain

COLWYN BAY -- The rally follows a familiar route through fast, tree-lined forest tracks in mid- and north Wales, also returning to England for the first time since 1999.

Oct 20: Europa League matchday 3

DUNDALK, Ireland -- Zenit Saint Petersburg travel to Ireland to take on fairytale debutants Dundalk, while Manchester United host Fenerbahce and Southampton travel to Internazionale.

Oct 21-23: U.S. Grand Prix in Texas

AUSTIN -- The Circuit for the Americas - the first purpose-built F1 facility in the country - now in its fifth season has restored the reputation of F1 racing in the U.S.

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