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World Bank-International Monetary Fund view gloomy economic picture

  • October 18, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    The World Bank Group (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meet in Washington DC to contend with the dark clouds over the global economy and to welcome a new IMF chief, who is expected to be Kristalina Georgieva.

Swiss voters elect new parliament with far-right expected to do well again

  • October 20, 2019 - SWITZERLAND

    Swiss voters elect members of the 46-member Council of State and 200-member National Council for four-year terms, with migration concerns giving the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) a boost again. The new government inherits the challenge of simplifying relations between Bern and the European Union, an issue that has spilled into the campaigns of parties contesting the election.

Bolivia headed for more of the same after election?

  • October 20, 2019 - BOLIVIA

    President Evo Morales appears headed for victory in the 2019 election despite the controversy over the results of the 2016 referendum, which allowed him to seek a fourth consecutive 5-year term. The ruling Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) is riding into victory in the bicameral legislature on the same wave.

Canada’s federal election a referendum on Justin Trudeau’s four years as leader

  • October 21, 2019 - CANADA

    Voters go to the polls to elect the vast country’s 43rd Parliament, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau battling for his political survival. The governing Liberal Party’s majority is under threat, despite Canada’s strong economy, because of the deeply damaging ethics scandal engulfing Trudeau.

Benjamin Netanyahu turns 70 as Israel’s prime minister?

  • October 21, 2019 - ISRAEL

    Benjamin Netanyahu turns 70, possibly as the country’s former prime minister. By October, an election and legal woes might have stripped him of office.

British Parliament prods Northern Ireland parties with ultimatum

  • October 21, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    Fresh talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive began in May, and the British parliament has given the parties until Oct 21 to resolve their differences. Same-sex marriage and abortion rights, controversial issues in Northern Ireland, will be law there by 2020 if the deadline is not met.

Emperor Naruhito enthroned during frantic year for Japan

  • October 22, 2019 - JAPAN

    Emperor Naruhito is formally enthroned in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from nearly 200 countries. The enthronement – and the banquets and festivities that follow – fall about midpoint in Japan’s long sojourn under an international spotlight.

Botswana holds general election with its reputation on the line

  • October 23, 2019 - BOTSWANA

    Diamond-rich Botswana elects its National Assembly, the body that chooses the country’s president after the vote, with the country’s reputation and the long reign of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in jeopardy. Sluggish economic growth and high youth unemployment have given the opposition a big foothold, along with the fight over elephants and hunting.

The Louvre finally gets its turn with Leonardo da Vinci 500th death anniversary exhibit

  • October 24, 2019 - FRANCE

    A year-long exhibition of the work of Leonardo da Vinci opens at the Louvre five months after the 500th anniversary of the death of the famed painter, scientist, engineer and inventor. The lag reflects the diplomatic tussle between France, where he died, and Italy, where he was born, over which country had the most right to lead the year-long frenzy of events to mark his passing.

General election to take Argentina to the left?

  • October 27, 2019 - ARGENTINA

    Some 33 million Argentines will vote for a president, members of the national congress and most provincial governors in an election that appears likely to shift Argentina to the left. Voters are reported to be angry about the country’s deep recession, inflation and the austerity policies of the center-right incumbent president, Mauricio Macri.