October 7th, 2019.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro challenged the press during an interview as he left the Alvorada Palace, and accused some media outlets of lying and trying to “take him down”. A New York federal judge ordered US president Donald Trump to hand over eight years of his tax returns, after the Manhattan district attorney requested the information to conduct a criminal investigation concerning the Trump Organization. Today, the United States began to pull out its troops from northern Syria, after Turkish president Recep Erdoğan phoned Donald Trump and announced an offensive against Kurdish militants in the region; the decision is being viewed as a betrayal by the Kurds, former US allies against ISIS. The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three researchers, two from the US and one from the UK, who made breakthrough discoveries about the way cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability, which could help in cancer treatments. Finally, tech giant Google partnered with Levi’s to release a smart jacket that can interact with cell phones via Bluetooth.
Take a look at our highlights.
Bolsonaro challenges press: “You want to take me down? I’ve got thick skin”
On Monday, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro discussed publications made by part of the press as he left the Alvorada Palace. “You want to take me down? I’ve got thick skin, it’s going to be difficult. Keep on lying,” the president told journalists. Bolsonaro accused some media outlets of lying and slandering the government. Bolsonaro was referring specifically to Folha de S. Paulo and Correio Braziliense; according to Folha, a former advisor of Tourism minister Marcelo Álvaro Antonio declared that some of the money discovered in slush funds used by the president’s party, PSL, was destined to Bolsonaro’s election campaign in 2018.
Federal judge orders Trump to hand over tax returns
New York federal judge Victor Marrero has dismissed today a lawsuit filed by United States president Donald Trump which sought to block the release of eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. Vance Jr. is conducting a criminal investigation on the alleged involvement of the Trump Organization in bribing two women who had come forward accusing the president of having sexual relations with them. Trump’s defense team claims that the investigation is politically motivated, and that he should be immune from any criminal indictment as long as he is president. Unless another court overturns Marrero’s decision, Trump must begin to hand over his documents today.
US withdraws troops from northern Syria and Turkey gets ready to attack Kurds
Today, the United States began to pull out its troops from the Syria-Turkey border, after a decision made by the White House not to intervene during a Turkish offensive in the northern part of the Middle Eastern country, ravaged by years of a civil war. The announcement signals the abrupt ending of an American effort to broker the peace between two of its main allies – the Kurds and Turkey, and allegedly happened after a phone call between US president Donald Trump and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The decision is being considered treason by Kurdish troops, who fought alongside the US against ISIS forces, and claimed Turkey will free all Islamic State militants currently in prisoner camps all over Syria.
Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for discovery which promises to improve cancer treatment
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was jointly awarded to US scientists William G. Kaelin Jr and Gregg L. Semenza, as well as British Sir Peter J. Ratcliff, for “their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.” The announcement was made today by the Karolinska Institute, responsible for choosing the winners. The main studies responsible for awarding the distinction to the three researchers were published between 1991 and 2001 in the specialized journals: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, and Nature.
Google and Levi’s develop new smart jacket with Bluetooth
The Jacquard smart jacket, developed by tech giant Google in partnership with Levi’s in 2017, now has an improved version. For US$ 198, it is possible to answer phone calls, listen to traffic and weather information, or listen to music without picking up the cell phone. The jacket uses a technology that accesses all features of the phone via Bluetooth; the user positions their hand over a sensor on the jacket’s sleeve to control all of the smartphone’s features. It also emits a sound when the user gets too far from it, preventing it from being forgotten, and is waterproof.