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Rosetta to end its days on the same comet as its Philae lander

September 30, 2016 - SPACE

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to end RosettaÂ's days on the same icy comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where its Philae lander touched down on Nov 12, 2014.

Woody Allen tries TV for new series

September 30, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Amazon Prime begins streaming episodes of Crisis in Six Scenes, Woody AllenÂ's first try at series television. The 80-year-old American actor-director isnÂ't abandoning the medium that made him famous Â- film: the shooting for his 48th film begins in the Fall.

Ukraine anticipating green light for visa-free travel in most EU countries delayed

October 1, 2016 - UKRAINE

The European Union Enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn told UkraineÂ's new prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, on Jul 20 that he expected Ukrainian nationals to be granted visa-free access to most EU countries from October.

U.S. relinquishes control of Internet domain naming system

October 1, 2016 - UNITED STATES

The United States cedes control of the Domain Naming System (DNS), a major element of Internet governance, to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Russia and Turkey to sign agreement on Turkish Stream gas pipeline

October 1, 2016 - RUSSIA, TURKEY

Russia and Turkey plan to sign an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in October on the implementation of the Turkish Stream gas export pipeline project.

Canada-EU trade agreement to be signed in October

October 1, 2016 - CANADA

Canada hopes to sign a new trade agreement with the European Union in October with ratification to follow early in 2017. Supporters of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), say it will increase trade between the EU and Canada on a range of products and boost the EU economy by 12 billion euros ($13.5 billion).

Changing of the guard at Conservative Party Conference

October 2, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

The 2016 Conservative Party conference in Birmingham has the task of dispelling the impression that the country is rudderless following the historic vote in June to leave the European Union. It will be a first chance for Prime Minister Theresa May to begin uniting the party after the British exit. She was chosen to replace David Cameron on July 13.

Hungary steps up fight against EU migration policy with referendum

October 2, 2016 - HUNGARY

The right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban will ask Hungarians whether they would accept any new European Union quota system for taking in migrants. A No vote would boost OrbanÂ's current challenge to Brussels over migration.

Colombia holds referendum on FARC peace accord

October 2, 2016 - COLOMBIA

Colombians vote on whether to accept the peace accord forged by President Juan Manuel Santos with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The yes-no vote is anything but straightforward, and a Yes vote might not end ColombiaÂ's entrenched violence.

Nobel winners announced after record Peace Prize nominations

October 3, 2016 - NORWAY

The Nobel laureates for 2016 will be announced in Stockholm and Oslo, with the most attention, as always, on the Peace Prize. The record number of nominees for the prize includes a controversial United States presidential candidate and a Palestinian prisoner in Israel, who would not be the first prisoner, or the first Palestinian, to win the laurels. The 376-nominee list beats the 2014 record of 278.

Last challenge to Brexit?

October 3, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM

A legal challenge over the UK leaving the EU will be heard by the High Court this month. A number of actions have been launched attempting to prevent the British government from formally triggering Brexit, while a related challenge will be held in Belfast on Oct 3 or 4. The plaintiffs claim that Prime Minister Theresa May has no authority to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which begins the Brexit process, without the prior authorisation of Parliament.

Maria Sharapova to find out if two-year doping ban will be overturned

October 3, 2016 - SWITZERLAND

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will find out if her two-year doping ban will be overturned. The five-time Grand Slam winner was banned by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Trans-Pacific Partnership turns one at mercy of Japan and United States

October 5, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Trade ministers from the 12 countries that make up Trans-Pacific Partnership signed the massive trade agreement on Oct 5, 2015, after five years of negotiations, and it is unlikely to have gone anywhere by its first birthday. The two countries that must ratify the TPP for it to come into force, Japan and the United States, wonÂ't touch it in 2016, an election year.

Mansion of deceased performer Prince opens as a museum

October 6, 2016 - UNITED STATES

The lavish estate of the late performer known as Prince, Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, opens for daily public tours. His home-studio complex is being turned into a museum in the style of Graceland, the estate of the late Elvis Presley.

Parliamentary election another step en route to constitutional monarchy

October 7, 2016 - MOROCCO

Moroccans elect the second parliament since King Mohammed VI announced reforms in early 2011 to ease tensions during the regional pro-democracy uprising called the Arab Spring. The goal is a constitutional monarchy.


Looking beyond the headlines




President Barack Obama’s visit to Laos in September permanently closes a final chapter of the US-led Secret War in Laos during the 1960s and 1970s, according to Kou Yang, Professor-Emeritus of California State University, Stanislaus. He shares his views on the importance of the visit in  OPINION.