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First presidential debate a battle of the brains?

  • September 29, 2020 -

    September 29, 2020, UNITED STATES. The face-off in Cleveland, Ohio, between Donald Trump and his rival, Joe Biden, the first of three presidential debates, will see two septuagenarians eager to demonstrate their mental fitness for the presidency. US voters will weigh-in on that question, the subtext of both campaigns, on Nov 3.

Period for national headcount ends early

  • September 30, 2020 -

    September 30, 2020, UNITED STATES. Census Bureau employees are under a time crunch to try to complete the national head count by the end of September after the agency announced that counting will end a month early. The shortened time period, ordered by the Republican administration, has political ramifications in an election year and it exacerbates the challenges introduced by the coronavirus pandemic.

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule launched on first operational flight

  • September 30, 2020 -

    September 30, 2020 (Date TBC), UNITED STATES. NASA launches a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on a Falcon 9 rock from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its first operational flight to the International Space Station (ISS). It carries NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who will spend six months aboard the laboratory in Space.

Russia plans to launch delay-plagued ISS segment Nauka

  • October 1, 2020 - KAZAKHSTAN

    Russia plans to launch the first of a three-part expansion of its segment of the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur spaceport. Named Nauka and also known as the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), it will be the main Russian science and research module. It consists of living accommodation for cosmonauts, solar arrays, radiators and a robotic arm.

Netherlands marks 20 years since prostitution became fully legal

  • October 1, 2020 - NETHERLANDS

    Twenty years ago brothels in Amsterdam left the half-legal status of being tolerated and became fully legal and licensed businesses. By the anniversary the city might have curbed one of its top tourist attractions. Proposed changes include banning women from advertising themselves in the red light windows.

Berlin’s mega Brandenburg Airport finally opens?

  • October 1, 2020 - GERMANY

    There is a strong chance that the Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) will open in October after years of postponements and scandal. Located 11 miles south of central Berlin at the site of the current Schönefeld Airport, it celebrated the topping out of its second terminal in Jul 2019.

Rash of political crises to thin attendance at XXVII Ibero-American Summit?

  • October 1, 2020 - ANDORRA

    Spain and Portugal come together In Andorra la Vella at the 27th Ibero-American Summit with their former Latin American colonies to tackle sustainability and unity issues. As embattled leaders risk being overthrown when they leave their country, the spate of extreme political crises across Latin America is likely to thin attendance.

Chileans vote on details of future constitutional referendum

  • October 1, 2020 - CHILE

    Chileans are due to vote on who will serve on the country’s future constitutional convention, following a referendum in April to determine if they want a new constitution. The government agreed in Nov 2019 to hold the referendum following weeks of deadly unrest, which was triggered by a hike in subway fares.

Gridlocked Quito’s first metro begins service?

  • October 1, 2020 - ECUADOR

    The Quito Metro Line One Project is due to begin serving the Andean city in October, but previous delays and the potential impact of political and economic uncertainty on the construction schedule suggest the start could drift farther into 2020. The service aims to bring relief to sorely-tried commuters.

Princess of Asturias Awards presented in difficult year for royal founders

  • October 1, 2020 -

    October 2020, SPAIN, The Foundation that awards the annual Princess of Asturias prizes faces a difficult 40th anniversary year. Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic will complicate the traditional awards ceremony in Oveido, and the royal family, which founded the awards, is reeling from a scandal that could affect the future of the monarchy in Spain.