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Archive for October 2016

Madrid meets deadline for agreement on new government

October 31, 2016 - SPAIN

The date is the deadline for forming a new coalition government. King Felipe has the task on Oct 24 and 25 of forging an agreement between the parties. If the negotiations are unsuccessful, the country will have to hold another election – its third in less than a year – by the end of 2016.

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Syria toxic gas inquiry extended

October 31, 2016 - UNITED NATIONS

The joint inquiry into toxic gas attacks in Syria was extended to the end of October following a request from the investigators.

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Service marking Reformation brings Pope Francis to Sweden

October 31, 2016 - SWEDEN

Pope Francis will attend a Catholic-Lutheran service in Lund as part of the countdown to the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. The Pope’s participation is one of three significant events in 2016 to bring major branches of Christianity together after centuries of estrangement, at a time when militant Islam is attacking the faith.

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No-shows a notable feature of 25th Ibero-American summit?

October 28, 2016 - COLOMBIA

Notable absences among the leaders at the Ibero-American Summit in Cartagena promise to make bigger headlines than the theme – Youth, Enterprise and Education. Themes are chosen to circumvent ideological confrontation, but the tactic doesn’t always work.

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Municipal election holds implications for presidential result in 2017

October 23, 2016 - CHILE

Corruption scandals engulf the major parties and disgust could push voters – if they turn up at the polls to elect the country’s mayors and council members – toward the country’s smaller parties. The election results will be read as a guide to the political climate ahead of the 2017 presidential poll.

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Trump opens luxury hotel near White House

October 21, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Whether or not Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidency in November he has already established a presence on Pennsylvania Avenue, with the opening of the Trump International Hotel just five blocks from the White House.

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David Bowie’s final recordings released

October 21, 2016 - UNITED STATES

David Bowie’s final recordings will be released alongside the cast recording of his hit off-Broadway show, Lazarus. The three new songs, No Plan, Killing A Little Time, and When I Met You, were co-produced by Bowie and long-time collaborator Tony Visconti.

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EU leaders confront prospect of dwindling membership and debate trade and Russia relations

October 20, 2016 - EUROPEAN UNION

The prospect of losing members as a consequence of Britain’s vote to leave the EU represents a novel challenge for the bloc’s leaders meeting in Brussels: they are more accustomed to grappling with expansion fatigue. Such exits don’t amount to an existential threat to the EU, but they could further weaken a body that appears to be at war with itself.

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IWC faces new frustrations in protecting whales

October 20, 2016 - SLOVENIA

The International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body charged with whale conservation and the management of whaling, meets in Portoroz to mark the 70th anniversary of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and to contend with Japan’s shrug after a ruling against it by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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