Portal:Current events/October 2019

October 2019 was the tenth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Thursday after 31 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from October 2019.

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  • The World Trade Organization authorizes the United States to impose about US$7.5 billion in tariffs on goods from the European Union every year. The WTO started the probe in 2005 after the United States complained that European subsidies to Airbus damage Boeing airplane sales. (NPR)
    • The United States announces a tariff of 10% on European-made Airbus planes and 25% on a range of goods, set to take effect on 18 October. (Reuters)
  • American retailer Bed Bath & Beyond announces it will close 60 stores by the end of the year due to declining profits. (USA Today)
  • A foreign exchange trader, Rohan Ramchandani, has filed a lawsuit against Citigroup. Ramchandani won acquittal last year after criminal charges of market manipulation. He claims that the charges were instigated by his former employer in order to mitigate the regulatory consequences for its own misbehavior. (Reuters).

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  • Paris police headquarters stabbing
    • A man stabs five people at the central police headquarters in the French capital of Paris, killing three officers and an administrative worker. The attacker, who was shot dead by other officers, was an admin worker at the station. (BBC)

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  • In Lower Manhattan, New York City, four homeless men are beaten to death and a fifth severely injured while sleeping. A 24-year-old man, also believed homeless, is in custody. (CNN)
  • After acquitting five Muslim men of murder, Thai judge Kanakorn Pianchana gives a speech complaining of corrupt pressure upon the judiciary, including in this case, to convict without sufficient evidence. He then shoots himself in the chest in court in Yala, but survives. Criticism from judges of the Thai legal system is rare, but rights groups claim Muslims often face trumped-up charges in the region, which is Muslim-majority and suffers from insurgency. (BBC)

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  • Thirteen men are arrested in the United Kingdom for drug smuggling. The authorities believe that over several years, the suspects imported approximately 50 tonnes of illegal drugs from the Netherlands, valued at several tens of millions of pounds. The National Crime Agency called it “the biggest ever [drug] conspiracy that we've seen in the UK”. (BBC)

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  • The Swedish Academy awards the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature to Olga Tokarczuk, "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life", and the 2019 prize to Peter Handke, "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience". The 2018 prize is awarded only now because last year it was postponed due to a scandal. (The Guardian)
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  • California becomes the first U.S. state to ban the sale of fur products. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2023. (CNN)

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  • A stone statue is discovered in the walls of a church in England. Officials believe the statue had been hidden inside those walls for about 400 years since the Restoration period. (MSN) (Daily Mail)

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  • NASA announces that the InSight Mars lander's heat probe had successfully dug 3 centimetres (1.2 in) into the ground after becoming stuck 35 centimetres (14 in) in the ground in February 2019, confirming that the probe had not hit a rock and instead simply didn't have enough friction in the soil to dig much deeper. The vehicle landed near the Martian equator in November 2018. (Space.com)
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  • UK clothing retailer Bonmarché collapses into administration. The chain employs 2,900 people and operates 318 stores. (iNews)

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  • Lion Air Flight 610
    • Indonesian investigators conclude their probe of the disaster with the release of a 353-page final report. The report states the crash was caused by a combination of flawed software design by Boeing, a failure of Lion Air to ground the jet over issues it had previously experienced, and inappropriate pilot responses to the developing emergency. (BBC News)
  • A car collides with pedestrians and other vehicles after running two red lights while accelerating in central Shanghai. At least five are killed and nine more injured. (South China Morning Post)
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  • 2019 California wildfires
    • Further evacuations are ordered, with 180,000 people now affected. Power companies are scheduled to cut supplies for a million people today, doubling the size of what is already the biggest blackout in California history in a bid to prevent further fires igniting from damaged electric cables. (BBC News)

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    • The government of North Korea says that it is "running out of patience with the U.S." due to "unilateral hostile disarmament demands" and warns that the cordial relationship between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump would not prevent the talks from derailing. (ABC News)
  • Since convening on 6 October, the synod of Catholic bishops from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela, and Suriname gather with Pope Francis in Rome. According to the bishops, "a deep personal, social and structural conversion" is needed in response to the "unprecedented" environmental and social crisis in the Amazon. (Catholic News Service)

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  • WhatsApp sues Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO Group for allegedly spying on 1,400 users on four continents. Among those affected were diplomats, journalists, and government officials. If moved forward, it could set a major legal precedent for cybersecurity. (Reuters)
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  • Twitter announces it will ban all political ads on its platform starting November 22. (BBC News)

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  • Ana Botín, the chairwoman of Spain's Santander bank, which has suffered a major stock price fall since reporting its disappointing third quarter earnings, buys €3.61 million worth of shares as a display of confidence. (Reuters)

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