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October 15, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Trump Asks Turkey for Ceasefire and Orders Sanctions as Violence Escalates

Donald Trump spoke directly to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Monday to demand an immediate ceasefire in Syria while announcing a series of punishments for Ankara. The US president’s conversation with Erdoğan was revealed by the vice-president, Mike Pence. “The United States of America did not give a green light for Turkey to invade Syria,” Pence insisted to reporters at the White House.

October 15, 2019 | Via AP News

Protests Erupt as Spain Convicts Leading Catalan Separatists

Riot police engaged in a running battle with angry protesters outside Barcelona’s airport Monday after Spain’s Supreme Court convicted 12 separatist leaders of illegally promoting the wealthy Catalonia region’s independence and sentenced nine of them to prison. Officers fired foam bullets and used batons against thousands of protesters who converged on the airport after the verdict was announced in Madrid.

October 15, 2019 | Via BBC

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Share Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been named the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie. Atwood’s The Testaments, the Canadian writer’s follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, was recognised alongside Londoner Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other. The pair will split the literary award’s £50,000 prize money equally.

October 15, 2019 | Via Sky News

Nobel Economics Prize Winner Esther Duflo Hopes to Inspire other Women

One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for economics says she hopes her achievement will inspire other women to take up the subject. Esther Duflo is only the second woman to win the prize – the first was Elinor Ostrom in 2009 – since it began in 1969. The 46-year-old is also the youngest person to win the prestigious award.

October 15, 2019 | Via CNN

Giuliani Associate ‘Being Cooperative’ with House Impeachment Probe

The House Intelligence Committee and one of Rudy Giuliani’s associates have reached “an understanding” for now to avoid a closed-door deposition over any knowledge he may have of Giuliani’s efforts to push the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the associate’s attorney. The committee had scheduled a deposition with Semyon Kislin, the Giuliani associate, for Monday.

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