News Update for Wednesday, October 09

Pressure from Planalto

Source: Globo

In an attempt to terminate the second indictment against him, President Temer gathered with allies yesterday to assess the forecast of votes in the Chamber of Deputies. Mr. Temer also asked his Minister of Planning, Dyogo Oliveira, to expedite pending parliamentary bills and respond to as many requests of the lawmakers as possible before the upcoming vote, which is expected to take place next week. Time is of the essence, since this week has only three business days.


Rally in Barcelona

Source: The New York Times

Hundreds of thousands of people joined a rally in Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to Catalonia’s secession from Spain. The Catalans themselves are deeply divided regarding the move towards independence. The Catalan Parliament could declare independence this Tuesday, and the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said he was “not ruling out anything” to maintain the country’s integrity.


Suspected ISIS Fighters Surrender

Source: The New York Times

After being defeated in Hawija in Iraq, a surprisingly large number of ISIS troops have turned themselves in since yesterday in Dibis. After boasting that martyrdom was their only acceptable fate, they voluntarily ended up in the interrogation center of the Kurdish authorities. For an extremist group who built their reputation with fighters who always chose suicide over surrender, the fall of Hawija is a significant turning point. It took the Iraqi army only 15 days to oust the Islamic State from the city, whereas the fight for Mosul lasted nine months.

Nobel in Economics

Source: The New York Times

Richard Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago, was awarded the Nobel in Economics today for his work on behavioral economics.



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