EN4News in Numbers

In a world of constant news bombardment, some info can fall through the cracks. We’ve assembled a list of interesting factoids so you don’t have to worry about missing out! This weeks list includes some special International Women’s Day facts. 

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EN4News in Numbers

In a world of constant news bombardment, some info can fall through the cracks. We’ve assembled a list of interesting factoids so you don’t have to worry about missing out!

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Infographic (Credit: Jade du Preez)

 

Today’s International News

EN4 News journalist Bryce Arthur presents the latest development and news stories from abroad.

Today’s international news

Trump ally arrested in Florida

The former campaign adviser to the US President Roger Stone has been charged with seven counts in Robert Mueller’s investigation, which looks at alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The indictment includes one count of obstruction, one count of witness tampering and five counts of false statements.

US commerce secretary “out of touch”

Wilbur Ross has been mocked online after he suggested workers affected by the government shutdown should take out bank loans.

Federal workers will miss another payday today, following reports that some have had to use food banks.

After the Senate rejected two bills which would have ended the deadlock, this is now the longest US government shutdown in history. The President has defended the culture secretary.

Venezuelan opposition leader considers amnesty for Maduro

Juan Guaidó has said that if President Nicolás Maduro cedes power, he could potentially be given amnesty.

Since declaring himself acting president earlier in the week, Guaidó has said he is reaching out to all sectors to end the crisis, even the military. However, the military’s support remains in favour of Maduro.

Kurdish politician freed after 79-day hunger strike

The Diyarbakir court in Turkey has released Kurdish MP Leyla Guven, 55 after she endured a 79-day hunger strike.

Guven’s release date details have not been released, but the court said they would continue to monitor her after.

The MP is part of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party. The Kurdish and Turkish conflict risen from various Kurdish groups fighting for independence from Turkey.

Guven was imprisoned after she criticised Turkish military’s involvement in Afrin, Syria, which the majority identifies as a Kurdish town.

She had been in jail for a year before beginning her strike in November last year. She claims she started the strike in protest of Turkey’s treatment of Kurdish military leader, Abdullah Ocalan who was imprisoned back in 1999.

Her daughter, via Twitter, announced the MP’s release.

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Sir David Attenborough’s climate change warning from Poland

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of “much of the natural world”.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Sir David said: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.

 

Casualty in Marseille following fuel protests

An 80-year-old woman has died last night after being hit by a tear gas canister at her window during Saturday’s fuel protests in the French city of Marseille. The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place, was hit in the face while closing the shutters. Protests over fuel tax have grown into general anger at higher living costs. The woman was taken to hospital, but died during an operation after suffering shock, local media report. Three other people have been killed in the protests since demonstrations started more than two weeks ago, police said on Sunday.

 

900-year-old treasure discovered in Israel

A collection of gold coins believed to have been hidden 900 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the city of Caesarea in Israel. The rare cache was found in a bronze pot between stones in the side of a well. The hoard of 24 coins appears to have been hidden by someone who hoped to retrieve it, but never returned. Archaeologists say the owner may have died when the city’s inhabitants were massacred by a Crusader army in 1101. The discovery, which specialists have identified as belonging to the end of the 11th Century, was made during an excavation and conservation project at the Caesarea World Heritage site.

 

Houthi Rebel evacuation in bid to build trust

A plane carrying 50 wounded Houthi rebel fighters has left the Yemeni capital Sana’a in a critical confidence-building measure before peace talks can get under way in Stockholm. The evacuation on a UN-chartered plane to Muscat, Oman, represents an essential building block to the talks starting.  Previous talks planned for September in Geneva failed when the Houthi delegation did not leave Sana’a, arguing that the UN could not guarantee their safe return. They also accused the UN of failing to secure the evacuation of wounded rebels to Oman.

 

Trump praises former aide

Donald Trump has praised his former aide Roger Stone’s repeated pledge not to testify against the president.

Trump said on Twitter:

“This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about ‘President Trump. Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’”

Trump went on to discredit Robert Mueller again, claiming the well-respected investigator “is a much different man than people think.”

See the front page round up with reporters Emer Harrison and Liam Mackay here.

By Rory Hill

China bridges the 26 mile gap

After nine years of construction, Chinese President Xi JinPing has unveiled the world’s longest crossing bridge, linking Hong Kong to China’s mainland. 

The bridge, which cost an estimated US$20 billion to build, is set to be a life-changing invention for Chinese citizens who want to access Hong Kong and Macau from the mainland city of Zhuhai.

Spanning over 54km (26 miles) and covering 21,500 square miles of China, the bridge assists with a larger plan to expand 11 cities in the region, with the cities of Hong Kong and Macau home to 68 million people in total.

“I declare the Hong Kong – Macau – Zhuhai bridge officially open.” – President Xi JinPing, October 23, 2018

So far, the making of the now famous bridge hasn’t been easy, with 18 workers reported to have lost their lives during the construction process.

With 400,000 tonnes of steel to assemble, the new bridge has enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers, which in itself, weighs an impressive 10,000 tonnes. The design is also said to withstand an earthquake magnitude of eight and is also typhoon-proof, which are known natural disasters in the region.

The Hong Kong – Macau – Zhuhai bridge is expected to drastically decrease commuting time from four hours to just 30 minutes, meaning people can easily travel to and from Hong Kong’s international airport.

Originally set to be unveiled in 2016, the longest bridge in the world is now open for business, setting the tone for China’s futuristic vision.

Former US President George Bush Sr. Admitted to Hospital

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George Bush Senior was taken to hospital today, reports have said.

The former president of the United States suffers from a form of Parkinson’s Disease, rendering him unable to walk unaided. In 2015, his health was in danger once again when he was rushed to hospital after a fall at his summer home.

The concern this time is unclear, but reports have claimed that he is ‘doing fine’ and is expected to be discharged from Houston Medical Hospital in the next few days.

George Bush Sr. served as the 41st President of the USA between 1989 and 1993 after serving as vice president under Ronald Reagan in the previous term. His son, George Bush Jr, became the 43rd president and served two terms. His other son, Jeb Bush, ran for the Republican candidacy in 2016 but lost to the current president elect, Donald Trump.

 

Live: American 2016 election aftermath

 

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Google’s breakdown of the election.

Donald Trump has been elected as the President of the United States and pledges ‘to do a great job’ in his new position. Join us live as we report the reactions from around the globe.

10:26

World leaders send Trump their congratulations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has commended Donald Trump on his triumph following the presidential elections.

The president of Russia Vladimir Putin has sent Trump a telegram today. Russian media reports Putin hopes for both men to work together on improving US-Russian relations.

10:41 

Scotland’s First Minister releases her statement on the result.

Nicola Sturgeon discusses the outcome of the election and ensures ‘the ties that bind Scotland and the US… are deep and longstanding and they will always endure.’

 

11:00 

Obama calls Trump

ABC News reports Donald Trump and President Obama have spoken via telephone and will meet soon.

11:18 

Stocks, dollar and peso begin to steady this morning.

Having plunged throughout the night, world stocks, the U.S dollar and Mexican peso have started to rebalance following Donald Trump’s winning speech.

11:32

Wall Street predicted to plummet in three hours once trading commences. 

Investors fear Trump’s success will result in worldwide economic and trade chaos. The Dow Jones industrial average is anticipated to drop by over 374 points.

12:00

Iranian president criticises US integrity. 

Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, has retaliated to the president-elect Trump by stating the win would not alter the United States’ credibility within “the international community” as it has already “diminished”.

12:35

Donald Trump updates his Twitter bio.

Finishing with 276 electoral votes over Clinton, Trump has made it Twitter official by updating his bio to say ‘president-elect of the United States.’

 

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13:00

Hillary Clinton is set to speak in New York today.

Reuters has reported runner-up Hillary Clinton is set to carry out her concession speech at 9:30am EST in New York.

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Air pollution “vacuum cleaner” unveiled in Amsterdam

Dutch inventors have unveiled a large outside air vacuum capable of filtering large quantities of pollutants from the atmosphere.

The purifier, created by tech start–up group Envinity, can clean about 800,000 cubic metres of air per hour, according to its inventors.

“A large column of air will pass through the filter and come out clear,” Henk Boersen, the group’s spokesman said in an interview with the BBC.

The filter had been showcased at an exhibition in Amsterdam.

“It’s a large industrial filter about 8m [26ft 2in] long, made of steel… placed basically on top of buildings and it works like a big vacuum cleaner,” Mr Boersen explained.

The company said the vacuum cleaner was able to suck in air from a 300m radius and up to 7km (4.3 miles) from above and filter out 100% of fine particles and 95% of ultra-fine particles. Fine particles are caused by emissions from burning wood and other fuels as well as industrial combustion. Ultra-fine particles are released by emissions from vehicles as well as aeroplanes.

“Fine particles and ultra-fine particles are known to be extremely harmful to public health,” Envinity Group said on its website.

About 90% of EU residents are said to be exposed to high levels of such particles.

Last month, an air-purifying system designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde was installed in Beijing.

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Smog Free Tower, which uses patented ozone-free ion technology, can clean up to 30,000 cubic metres of air an hour and collect more than 75% of the harmful particles, according to Studio Roosegaarde.

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