News Update for Wednesday, September 11


Joesley and Saud behind bars

Joesley Batista and Ricardo Saud have been arrested and are behind bars since yesterday in São Paulo. They will be taken to Brasília today in a Federal Police jet, where they will give new depositions. Their arrests were celebrated with fireworks by a group outside Federal Police headquarters.


Deaths in Mexico increase

The number of deaths in the country has risen to at least 90, as violent aftershocks continued to jolt the area. The state of Oaxaca was hit the hardest, with 71 dead. People are mourning their dead as rescue workers begin to assess damages.


Irma hits Florida hard

Now a Category 1 storm, the hurricane will continue punishing the area through this morning.  More than three million people are without power. At least four deaths have been reported. Few places in the state escaped the anger of the storm. Streets were turned into rivers, cranes were overturned, Orlando’s theme parks were shut down (the first time Disney World ever closed its gates for two days in a row). People tried to escape Irma on traffic-jammed highways. They slept in high schools, on friends’ sofas, wherever a tank of gas would get them.


Brazilian Soccer Championship

Santos beat leader Corinthians yesterday by two to zero. Corinthians has now lost three of the last four games, but still maintains a comfortable lead of 7 points over second-placed Grêmio. São Paulo remains in the second-to-last position.



Spanish tennis player Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam championship and 3rd Us Open Title yesterday in New York, beating South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets. With Muguruza’s rise to number 1 in the women’s ranking, Spain now holds the top spot in both ATP (men’s tennis) and WTA (women’s tennis) rankings. The last time the same country held simultaneous No. 1s was in 2003, when Andre Agassi and Serena Williams from the USA were the top-ranked players.



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