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The Czech Republic elects its 200-seat chamber of deputies after months of anti-immigration and anti-European Union campaigning by the main two parties.
October 22, 2017, WORLD, Millions of Baha’is around the world celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of their religion. His teachings embrace the unity of Mankind and of religion, precepts that do not appear to flourish in two countries central to the faith – Iran and Israel.
October 22, 2017, JAPAN, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap election amid rising tension over North Korea’s missile and nuclear arms program. He is bidding for a super majority for his conservative coalition in the now 275-seat lower house and for a stronger hand against volatile Pyongyang.
Thor - Chris Hemsworth without his golden locks - saves his home planet in Thor: Ragnarok. The third Thor movie, it opens in 18 countries over nine days, with Italy first and the United States last.
The Bloodhound supersonic car will undergo slow speed trials on the runway at Newquay airport in Cornwall. The next step will be an attempt to break the land speed record in South Africa, a feat that has been delayed several times.
October 26, 2017, UNITED STATES, The Rolex Daytona Cosmograph watch once owned by late Hollywood superstar Paul Newman goes under the hammer at Phillips in New York. The timepiece described as masterpiece might fetch as much as US 10 million at the auction because of its rarity and link to the auto-racing actor.
The National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels (ANP) holds two auctions for its valuable pre-salt fields, continuing the scandal-driven rush to divest by Brazil's state-owned energy giant, Petrobras.
October 27, 2017, UNITED KINGDOM, The 50th anniversary of Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act 50 invites a determined attempt by the Conservatives’ new coalition partner to push a key part of its agenda. The recent snap election brought the fervent anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) into government.
October 27-29, 2017, UNITED STATES. The organizers of the Women’s March on Jan 21, 2017, convene in Detroit to build on the resistance movement that spawned the massive event. An estimated 2.6 million people marched in Washington DC and elsewhere on the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
October 29-November 1, 2017, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES, In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy slammed into US east coast cities after laying waste to many Caribbean towns. The searing TV images of so-called Frankenstorm Sandy flooding the subway and tunnels of New York and coastal communities will be seen again on the fifth anniversary, along with the observation that the nation might have been better prepared for recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma because of Sandy.
October 22, 2017, ARGENTINA. President Mauricio Macri’s centre-right Let’s Change coalition heads into October’s legislative election boosted by better-than-expected results in a recent provincial vote. A win in October will be read as a vote for his pro-business economic reforms.
Events worldwide commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The German town of Wittenberg, where theologian Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church doors, is expecting an influx of tourists
October 31, 2017, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Manus Island in the northern part of the country closes its shelter for 800 refugees on the orders of the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court. They are resisting a forced move to the Australian-built East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre because they fear attacks by townspeople.
SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon V2 passenger ship from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on an unmanned test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in preparation for crewed flights in 2018. Boeing will test its Crew Space Transportation (CST) capsule in Dec 2017. The tests are part of NASA plans to replace the Russian Soyuz spacecraft flights now ferrying astronauts to the ISS with commercial flights.
The 2017 summit of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam is likely to greet U.S. President Trump warily. The Republican campaigned hard on an America-first manifesto and is reviewing all foreign trade agreements