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Doha’s iconic and technologically advanced Khalifa International Stadium is the host venue for the first ever IAAF World Athletics Championships to be staged in the Middle East.
The country faces formidable hurdles when it holds its first presidential election since 2014, but it has a head start on the challenges: the Oct 2018 vote for the lower house of parliament and district councils amounted to a dry run. Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani is widely expected to win a second term, but the Taliban has denounced the polls and says its fighters will do all they can to disrupt the election process.
Austrians go to the polls in a snap election called after the collapse of the ruling Austrian People’s Party (OeVP)-Freedom Party (FPO) coalition. The so-called Ibiza scandal precipitated the collapse, and led to the ousting of Sebastian Kurz as chancellor. The leader of the center-right OeVP, he was criticized for his handling of the scandal.
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be expected to explain at the Conservative Party's Autumn Conference in Manchester how he plans to dig his divided party out of its hole. He has pledged to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct 31, with or without a deal.
Boeing’s long-delayed launch of an unmanned crew capsule from Florida to the International Space Station (ISS) could finally blast off before the end of September. The continuing delays are a problem for NASA. The launch has taken on extra importance because of the agency’s urgent quest for transportation to the orbiting laboratory after the Soyuz option expires.
Beijing’s Daxing International, the world’s largest airport, is due to open by the end of September. Expected to handle 72 million passengers a year by 2025, it is one of 216 airports that China plans to build by 2035 to meet the country’s growing demand for air travel.
The owner of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, Exelon Corp, plans to close the facility after having failed to secure a financial rescue package from the state of Pennsylvania. Forty years ago, the facility was the site of the country’s worst nuclear power accident.
Jeremy Hunt, one of two Conservative Party rivals for prime minister to replace Theresa May, has set a deadline for a renegotiated deal with the European Union. Hunt says Britain will exit from the bloc without one on Oct 31 if Brussels won’t cooperate, a fallback position that leaves Hunt and rival Boris Johnson exposed to Parliament’s rejection of a no-deal Brexit.
China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic with a display of military might in Beijing that is intended to project power beyond its borders and to show off its military modernization campaign. The celebrations are set against a sobering backdrop of a deepening trade war with the U.S. and political crisis in Hong Kong.
Funding legislation for 2020 needs to be passed by the beginning of October, and President Donald Trump has sent Congress a US $4.75 trillion budget proposal, the largest in U.S. history, with contentious demands. They are seen as potential ammunition for presidential contenders of both parties ahead of the 2020 election.