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  • CRIME: Money laundering scandal (Graphic)
  • BRAZIL: Presidential election candidates (Graphic)
  • SPACE: “RemoveDEBRIS” – space junk hunter (Graphic)
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Satellite tests space junk retrieval methods

SPACE -- A luggage-sized satellite deployed from the International Space Station, called RemoveDEBRIS, is endeavouring to capture and make safe space junk using several different experimental techniques.

Brazil heads for unpredictable election

BRASILIA -- Brazil’s presidential campaign is growing increasingly polarized ahead of the first round on Oct 7, as voters rejecting centrist candidates and gravitate to opposite ends of the political spectrum.

€200 billion money laundering scandal

LONDON -- Shell companies, mostly registered in London, are being investigated over the laundering of €200 billion of Russian criminal funds through the Estonian branch of Denmark’s largest bank.

A million more children face famine in Yemen

YEMEN -- British charity Save the Children has warned that more than five million children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, as renewed fighting threatens to disrupt food and aid supplies through the vital port city of Hodeidah.

Spanish dictator Franco to be exhumed

POLITICS -- The Spanish parliament votes on a law aimed at legally protecting the Socialist government's plans to move the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco out of a giant memorial “The Valley of the Fallen” outside of Madrid.

North Korea pledge to scrap military sites

PYONGYANG -- North Korea has agreed to abolish its missile engine testing facilities in the presence of international experts, and “expressed readiness” to close its main nuclear complex if the U.S. takes “reciprocal action”.

Japanese billionaire to be first Moon tourist

SPACE -- Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has named its first private passenger on a voyage around the Moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. The mission will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

Syria mistakenly shoots down Russian plane

SYRIA -- A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defence ministry said Tuesday.

Sep 24: China tit-for-tat tariffs on U.S. imports

BEIJING -- China has vowed to add $60 billion of U.S. products to its import tariff list in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, which take effect next Monday.

Machines to take over half workplace tasks

TECH -- More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, says The World Economic Forum in a new report that highlights the speed with which the labour market will change in coming years.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in turmoil

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate vote on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrown into uncertainty after a woman accused him of high school-era sexual misconduct.

First bike path made from recycled plastic

ZWOLLE -- An experimental bicycle track made from recycled plastic has opened in the Netherlands as part of a project that could lead to more sustainable roads being rolled out across the country.

5G phone technology on the horizon

LONDON -- With the first 5G-ready smartphones expected to be released in 2019, mobile phone operators are gearing up to test the new super-fast network. Sony and Samsung both want to be first to market a 5G smartphone.

Obesity – a burgeoning global crisis

PARIS -- More than one in two adults and nearly one in six children are overweight or obese in the 36-nation OECD area, with obesity rates in America topping 38 per cent, a new report reveals.

U.S.-Canada trade deal possible

WASHINGTON -- Canada and the U.S. are said to be close to a trade deal if sticking points over Canada’s protected dairy sector, protection of media firms, and a system for settling trade disputes are resolved.

Wrangler – Jeep’s new off-road warrior

LONDON -- The all-new Jeep Wrangler is guaranteed to cross the roughest of terrains without getting stuck, powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged I4 engine featuring Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ hybrid eTorque system.

Virtual real estate selling for millions

TECH -- Online prospectors are moving into a city that doesn’t exist, spending millions of dollars buying up land parcels in the virtual city of Decentraland, comparable in size to Washington D.C.

The world – 250 million years from now

AUSTIN -- With Earth’s tectonic plates constantly moving, renowned geologist Christopher Scotese predicts a new super-continent will emerge in around 250 million years, dubbed “Pangaea Proxima”.

Norway to host largest NATO war games in years

NORWAY -- Over 40,000 troops will converge on Norway for NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years. Dubbed Trident Juncture 18, the two-week drill will take place from October 25 to November 7 and include Finland and Sweden.

How WWI changed the map of Europe

HISTORY -- The map of Europe underwent drastic revision after World War I. The defeated Central Powers suffered huge territorial losses, and new independent countries were born, from Finland to Yugoslavia.


Sep 22-30: Cycling Road World Championships

CYCLING -- The 2018 Road World Championships route looks set to be one of the toughest in history, with organisers of the race in the Austrian city of Innsbruck including gradients of up to 25 percent in the elite men’s road race.

Sep 22: Joshua-Povetkin heavyweight title fight

BOXING -- Undefeated world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces Russian Alexander Povetkin in a mandatory title defence for the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles, as well as the WBA Super crown.

Kipchoge sets marathon world record

ATHLETICS -- Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record time for the men’s marathon in Berlin -- sparking debate on when the two-hour barrier will be officially broken.

Sep 28-30: Le Golf National hosts 42nd Ryder Cup

GOLF -- The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, just the second Ryder Cup to be held in continental Europe, after the 1997 contest in Spain.

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