Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump : The First Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the first of three high stakes presidential debates. The two US presidential candidates have clashed over jobs, terrorism and race in a bitter television debate. The attacks turned personal as Republican Donald Trump accused his rival Hillary Clinton of not having the right temperament to be president. Meanwhile, Mrs Clinton baited Mr Trump by pointing out that he refuses to release his tax returns. The New York showdown could be the most watched debate in TV history, with up to 100 million viewers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Korea hosts first air show ever

North Korea’s first air show got off the ground at Kalma Airport in Wonsan. The two-day event features North Korean Air Force planes and helicopters as well as the civilian fleet of North Korean flag carrier Air Koryo. Approximately two hundred aviation enthusiasts from around the world have flown in for the event. A crowd of thousands of North Koreans watched the air show.
A British tour company, Juche Travel Services, started organising trips years ago for plane spotters to fly around North Korea on its fleet of Russian planes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warplanes launched heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo

Warplanes launched heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands flee as fire rips through migrant camp in Greece

Around 4,000 asylum seekers have escaped the camp in the Aegean island of Lesbos. The blaze at the Moria camp has left a trail of destruction including damaged tents and housing units. A police source said there was “no doubt” the fire that ripped through the facility had been started by a number of migrants who lived there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia ‘targeted UN aid convoy on outskirts of Aleppo

An air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians, and destroying a warehouse and hospital. The Red Cross said at least 20 people were killed in the attack on trucks carrying desperately needed humanitarian relief to thousands of Syrians. “The air forces of Russia and Syria did not conduct any strikes against the UN aid convoy in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. Konashenkov said the attack the previous night doesn’t appear to have been from an air strike. The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group known as the White Helmets that operates in rebel-held areas, posted images of several vehicles on fire. A video of the attack showed huge balls of fire against the night sky as ambulances arrived on the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Beautiful Bridges in China

This list of bridges in China is organized by province and includes notable bridges. China has a long history in bridge construction. The oldest bridge still in existence in China is the Anji Bridge, constructed during the years between 595 and 605. During the infrastructure boom of the past two decades, bridge-building has proceeded at a rapid pace on a vast scale. Prior to the completion of the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in 1957, there were no bridges across the Yangtze River, China’s longest, from Yibin to Shanghai, and all overland roads and railways crossing this 2,884 km (1,792 mi.) stretch of the river had to be ferried. There were only seven such bridges in 1992, but that number reached 73 by the end of 2012, including eight new openings in that year alone.

 

China has been pushing the boundaries of bridge construction with many record breaking bridges, including:
The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, the world’s longest bridge measuring over 164 kilometres (102 mi)
The Xihoumen Bridge bridge in Zhejiang province, the second longest suspension bridge span
The Sutong Bridge in Jiangsu province, the second longest cable-stayed span
The Sidu River Bridge, the highest bridge in the world
Chaotianmen Bridge, the longest arch bridge span
This transport-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

 

 

 

 

 

Indian states fight over river usage

The sharing of waters of the Kaveri river has been the source of a serious conflict between the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The genesis of this conflict rests in two agreements in 1892 and 1924 between the erstwhile Madras Presidency and Princely State of Mysore. The 802 kilometres (498 mi) Kaveri river has 44,000 km2 basin area in Tamil Nadu and 32,000 km2 basin area in Karnataka. Karnataka contends that it does not receive its due share of water from the river. It claims that the agreements were skewed heavily in favour of the Madras Presidency, and has demanded a renegotiated settlement based on “equitable sharing of the waters”. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, pleads that it has already developed almost 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km2) of land and as a result has come to depend very heavily on the existing pattern of usage. Any change in this pattern, it says, will adversely affect the livelihood of millions of farmers in the state.

 

Decades of negotiations between the parties bore no fruit. The Government of India then constituted a tribunal in 1990 to look into the matter. After hearing arguments of all the parties involved for the next 16 years, the tribunal delivered its final verdict on 5 February 2007. In its verdict, the tribunal allocated 419 TMC of water annually to Tamil Nadu and 270 TMC to Karnataka; 30 TMC of Kaveri river water to Kerala and 7 TMC to Puducherry. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu being the major shareholders, Karnataka was ordered to release 192 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu in a normal year from June to May. The dispute however, did not end there, as all four states decided to file review petitions seeking clarifications and possible renegotiation of the order.

 

On 5 September 2016, in the latest development in Cauvery river water controversy, Supreme Court directed the Karnataka government to release 15,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu for the next ten days. On 12 September, the Supreme Court modified its order, and instead asked the state administration in Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs of water on a daily basis till September 20. Widespread disorder was present in Karnataka with bandhs,  road, rail, metro and air travel impacted, buses burnt, and anti-tamil violence resulting in curfew being imposed in parts of Bengaluru.

 

 

 

 

 

North Korea’s largest nuclear test

North Korea conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on its 68th anniversary, with a blast more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, according to some estimates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dilma Rousseff supporters hit Brazil’s streets

Supporters of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff have set up burning barricades and blocked roads across the country in protest against moves to impeach her. The roadblocks have caused widespread disruption in all Brazilian states. The Senate is due to vote on the impeachment on Wednesday. A simple majority in favour of a full trial will suspend Ms Rousseff for up to 180 days. The government has asked the Supreme Court to suspend the impeachment process for alleged irregularities. However, similar attempts have been rejected by the court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippine Drug War

The Philippine Drug War, also known as Philippine War on Drugs, is an ongoing crackdown against narcotics distribution and use in the Philippines that began on June 30, 2016 when Rodrigo Duterte was inaugurated as president.
Background of events
One of the central features of President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential campaign was the levels of drug crime across the country. Stating that the country would become a narco-state if drug addiction was not forcefully combated, he ran a hardline campaign which included the extrajudicial killing of suspected drug dealers and abusers. Winning in a landslide victory, he promised to kill tens of thousands of drug criminals during the campaign against narcotics.
As Mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte was praised for turning his city into one of the safest cities in the world through the suppression of drugs and criminality, although he was criticized by groups like Human Rights Watch for the extrajudicial killings carried out by the Davao Death Squad, a vigilante group with which he was allegedly involved.

Progress

In the first two weeks of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency, more than 100 suspected drug dealers had been killed, 1,844 arrested and 660,000 drug users and dealers had surrendered. In August 2016, that number had inflated to approximately 1,800 killed, 5,400 arrested and 565,805 dealers and users surrendered to police. While the Director-General of the Philippine National Police, Ronald dela Rosa, stated that crime rates had fallen by 49% since the President took office, critics of the campaign likened the situation to the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.