News Update for Monday, October 21



Photo: Cristiano Borges/O Popular/Estadão Conteúdo)

Tragedy in Goiânia

Source: Globo

A 14-year-old student, the son of police officers, took his mother’s pistol he had stashed in his backpack and opened fire on his colleagues in a private school in Goiânia on Friday. Two of them were killed and four more were injured. An even-greater tragedy was avoided thanks to the intervention of Simone Elteto, who bravely stood between him and the students and managed to lead him to the empty library, where he was soon arrested.


Mauricio Macri celebrates Cambiemos victory with Buenos Aires governor, Maria Eugenia Vidal (Photo: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)

Elections in Argentina

Source: Globo

President Macri’s coalition, Cambiemos, won the congressional elections this Sunday, with victories in three of the five largest provinces of Argentina, including Buenos Aires, where he defeated Cristina Kirchner. One third of the Senate and half of the House of Deputies were up for grabs.


An oil field controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria. Hussein Malla/Associated Press

ISIS Loses Largest Syrian Oil Field

Source: The New York Times

U.S.-backed fighters seized Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State on Sunday. The area is critical to the country’s economy. This is a major blow to the militant group, which is losing both territory and sources of revenue. They are now struggling to hold onto their last significant territory in Syria, squeezed between two fronts: the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, and the American-backed group, called the Syrian Democratic forces, which took the oil field.


Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times

Tech Giants Paying Huge Salaries for A.I. Talent

Source: The New York Times

The tech industry’s largest companies are placing huge bets on artificial intelligence, developing things from face-scanning smartphones to computerized health-care and autonomous vehicles. In this race, they are doling out salaries that are startling even for an industry known to pay their best talents veritable fortunes. Salaries for typical A.I. specialists range from 300 thousand to 500 thousand dollars a year. Interested? Send your résumé to Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, or Amazon …


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Brazilian Soccer Championship

With a victory over Grêmio, Palmeiras has now jumped to second place in the race for the championship, only six points behind the leader. With only eight games left to go, one of which against Palmeiras, Corinthians needs to win tonight in Rio de Janeiro against Botafogo to increase the distance to a more comfortable nine points.

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