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  • POLITICS: Spain braced for unrest in Catalonia (Graphic)
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Russia moves to fill U.S. void in northern Syria

MILITARY -- Russia said it was working to prevent a conflict between advancing Turkish and Syrian government forces on Wednesday, as Turkey’s president defied growing pressure for a cease-fire in northern Syria.

Moscow moved quickly to further entrench its leadership role in the region after President Trump ordered the pullout of U.S. forces. Russian troops have deployed to a U.S. base in the town of Manbij.

Spain braces for more unrest in Catalonia

POLITICS -- Thousands of people have joined five large protest marches across Catalonia that are set to converge on Barcelona by Friday, as the restive region reels from two straight days of violent clashes between police and protesters.

U.S. tariffs on top trading partners

TRADE WARS -- President Donald Trump and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office have slapped punitive tariffs on America’s largest trading partners, and could impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU imports from October 18.

EU looks to stop arms sales to Turkey

MILITARY -- A number of European nations, including the UK, have imposed limits on arms exports to Ankara in protest at Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria -- a rare move against a NATO ally

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito enthroned

ROYALTY -- On October 22, dignitaries from nearly 200 countries will attend the formal enthronement of Emperor Naruhito as the 126th ruler of the world’s oldest continuing hereditary monarchy.

Fallout from Trump’s Syria reversal

MILITARY -- President Trump’s reliance on his gut instincts to abandon U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria has created a power vacuum, embolding Russia, Iran and Islamic State.

Warren extends lead in Democratic race

U.S. ELECTION -- Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, is now neck and neck with Joe Biden in the average of national polls compiled by RealClearPolitics, and is leading the field in the crucial early voting states.

Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces

MILITARY -- Syrian government troops have moved into a series of towns and villages in northern Syria, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces in the area, as U.S. troops prepared to pull out.

Catalonia leaders jailed by Spanish court

POLITICS -- Spain’s Supreme Court has sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a banned independence referendum in 2017.

Nobel Prize Economics winner 2019

NOBEL PRIZE -- Economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize for creating an experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.

China’s “grey rhino” debt-fuelled economy

BUSINESS -- China has been financing its rapid economic growth with growing debt. Since 2001 China’s debt pile has more than doubled to over 300% of GDP as Beijing boosts infrastructure spending.

Turkey’s threat to flood EU with refugees

MIDEAST -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in his country to Europe if the continent’s leaders call Turkey’s military campaign in north-eastern Syria an “occupation”.

Singapore showcases electric air taxi station

TECH -- The world’s first “vertiport” for electric aircraft is being built in Singapore’s Marina Bay, as part of the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress. Skyports will demonstrate a Volocopter vertical take-off and landing station in October.

Turkey’s offensive against Kurds in Syria

MILITARY -- Heavy clashes are underway in Syrian border villages between advancing Turkish forces and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers, an official in the Kurdish-led SDF said on Thursday.

Roman scrolls to be “virtually unwrapped”

SCIENCE -- Scientists are using light 10 billion times brighter than the sun to help decipher scrolls, turned to brittle charcoal and buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79, obliterating Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Trump’s unwinnable trade war

BUSINESS -- President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on Chinese imports in 2018 in a bid to cut the U.S. trade deficit. In the same year, Chinese exports to the U.S. soared by $34.5 billion, while U.S. exports to China fell by $9.6bn.

Banking job cuts approach 60,000

BUSINESS -- HSBC is to axe 10,000 more jobs on top of 4,700 redundancies announced in August. More than 58,000 banking jobs have been lost in a global cost-cutting drive so far this year.

Planned U.S. military deployment in Poland

MILITARY -- President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda have agreed to an enhanced U.S. military presence in Poland, with troops based at six locations to counter potential Russian threats.

Oct 24: Leonardo da Vinci -- print version

ART -- A year-long exhibition of the work of Leonardo da Vinci opens at the Louvre on October 24, five months after the 500th anniversary of the death of the famed painter, scientist, engineer and inventor.

Oct 24: Leonardo da Vinci -- web version

ART -- The lag reflects the diplomatic tussle between France, where he died, and Italy, where he was born, over which country had the most right to lead the year-long exhibition of events to mark his passing.

Wildlife trade driving species extinction

SCIENCE -- At least one in five vertebrate species on Earth is bought and sold on the wildlife market, according to a new study, the trade for which is 40-60% higher than previously estimated.

Oct 22: Russia influence in Africa summit

POLITICS -- Russia is steadily building its influence across Africa, increasing arms sales, deploying military instructors and securing alliances. Russia will host its first-ever pan-African summit in the city of Sochi on October 22.

Oct-Dec: Qantas to test 19-hour non-stop flights

AVIATION -- Qantas is planning to test non-stop direct flights from New York and London to Sydney using new Boeing 787-9 aircraft to study how passengers and crew react to the 19-hour experience.


Tour de France 2020 route announced

CYCLING -- The 2020 Tour de France starts in the south and takes in all five of the country’s mountain ranges, three of which, the Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees, are tackled in the first eight days.

Ronaldo joins exclusive 700-club

SOCCER -- Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo became only the sixth player to score 700 career goals when he netted a penalty in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine.

Liverpool chase record for longest winning streak

SOCCER -- After a flawless start to the season, Liverpool aim to extend their winning streak against struggling rivals Manchester United, just three victories from eclipsing Bayern Munich’s 19 match European record.

Oct 20: Japan MotoGP at Motegi Twin Ring Circuit

MOTOGP -- With a record eighth MotoGP Championship in the bag, Honda Repsol’s Marc Marquez will be aiming just to finish on the podium in Japan, having fallen short each time at the race following his previous titles wins.

Mar 12-Jul 24, 2020: Olympic Torch Relay

TOKYO 2020 -- After being lit in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic torch will travel to Athens on March 19 and begin its tour of Japan from March 26 to July 24, whereupon it will arrive at Tokyo’s New National Stadium, ready for the opening ceremony.

Oct 26: Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019-20

SKIING -- The premier international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, taking place at more than 30 venues in 12 countries, begins in Soelden, Austria, and concludes in March at the World Cup finals in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Sep 20-Nov 2: Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan

RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. A total of 48 matches will be played at 12 venues over six weeks, culminating in the final at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

Oct 19-21: English Premier League

SOCCER -- Leicester City take on Burnley, Crystal Palace host champions Manchester City, table-topping Liverpool clash with a struggling Manchester Utd at Old Trafford, and Arsenal visit Sheffield Utd.

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