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The Gun Control Act (GCA), the first amendment to the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA), turns 50. The evolution of the GCA over five decades parallels America’s unequal tugs-o-war over the regulation of firearms.
The new premier of the province of Ontario, Doug Ford, plans to cut Toronto city council seats from 44 to 25 members, a change for Canada’s largest city that his critics see as his attempt to weaken political rivals ahead of municipal elections on Oct 22.
Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest military exercise since 2002, involves 40,000 personnel from 30 NATO and partner nations. Held on Russia’s doorstep, it closely follows Russia’s Vostok-18, which involved some 300,000 personnel and is the country’s biggest exercise since the Cold War.
The country didn’t need a presidential election until Sinn Féin announced in July that it would select a candidate to challenge President Michael D. Higgins.
Istanbul New Airport, described as the largest airport in the world and the airway link for China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, opens the doors on its first stage. It will replace terror-hit Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
The broadcast of The War of the Worlds 80 years ago claimed that aliens from Mars had invaded the state of New Jersey. Believable enough to terrify its audience, it scored a perfect 10 as fake news.
The city holds municipal elections, and some east Jerusalem Palestinians plan to break a 51-year taboo to run for seats on the council. One challenge will be persuading Palestinian voters to end their boycott. The drama for other Jerusalemites, meanwhile, is in the mayoral race.
The Persian Gulf city-state, apparently unhindered by the blockade imposed by its neighbors, inaugurates the first phase of a metro that faces a massive test when Qatar hosts the World Cup in 2022.
Boeing’s launch of an unmanned crew capsule from Florida to the International Space Station (ISS) is on hold, a problem for NASA. The mission has taken on extra importance because of the agency's urgent quest for transportation to the orbiting laboratory after the Soyuz option expires.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, holds the first of three sales of some 2,000 mementos of the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became a global hero as the first man to walk on the Moon in Jul 1969. The sales are timed to capitalize on proximity to the 50th anniversary of his historic feat.