You have not followed the news during the weekend? Here are the main titles to remember from Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October.
USA: Brett Kavanaugh Formally Appointed to Supreme CourtAfter weeks of political turmoil, the Senate approved by a very narrow majority (50-48), Saturday, October 6, the life-time appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of Canada. United States. President Donald Trump has tipped the institution into the Conservative camp by appointing two judges since taking office – the "progressive" judges are now four out of the nine in the Supreme Court. The appointment process has faced significant challenge in the country after several women accused of sexual assault against the judge, including Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old academic. Brett Kavanaugh has consistently denied these accusations.
Read the analysis:
Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court, Donald Trump's costly move
PCF Congress: the text of the leadership put in minority, an unprecedented situation for the partyThe communist militants have, for the first time, chosen a text different from that worn by the party leadership in anticipation of their congress, which will take place late November. In the text of the national secretary Pierre Laurent, they preferred the "manifesto of the Communist Party of the twenty-first century", carried by André Chassaigne, president of the communist group in the National Assembly. The management text received 37.99% of the votes cast; the alternative text, also worn by Fabien Roussel, head of the powerful Northern federation, whose name circulates to replace Mr. Laurent at the head of the PCF, it has totaled 42.15% of the vote – the participation amounted to 62.65%.
In Brazil, the extreme right-wing favorite of the first round of presidential electionsThe far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, "anti-establishment" but also racist, misogynistic and homophobic, is the big favorite of the first round of the presidential election in Brazil, which started Sunday at 8 am in Brasilia (13 hours in France). Voters are also called to renew the entire Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of the Senate, as well as twenty-seven governors of state and more than a thousand regional deputies. 147 million Brazilians are expected to vote for these elections, whose first results should be announced around midnight in Paris.
Brazil: anti-Lula hate, "dégagisme" … the stakes of a high-risk presidential election
Romania: low turnout in referendum against same-sex marriageRussian voters had to decide, on Saturday and Sunday, on a referendum carried by the government, which wants to include in the Constitution that marriage can take place "only between a man and a woman ". Sunday noon, only a little more than 15% of the 19 million voters had voted, while a minimum threshold of 30% is required for this consultation is validated. The Social Democratic government could therefore face a failure of consultation, yet strongly supported by the Orthodox Church in the country.
Read also, after the first day of voting:
young people sulk on the first day of the referendum
Uncertainty about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul The disappearance of the famous Saudi editorialist Jamal Khashoggi took a dramatic turn, Sunday, October 7, after several sources claimed that he was killed at the consulate of his country in Istanbul, which Riyadh denied. Evidence that the case is embarrassing for Ankara, President Erdogan has, however, kept giving credit to information on the assassination of this renowned journalist, criticizing the power of Riyadh.
Uncertainty about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul
Marathon and cycling, on the sports sideMarathon: First win and European record for Mo Farah
Reconverted on the marathon, Britain's Mo Farah won Sunday, October 7, the Chicago Marathon. Undisputed king of the middle distance with four Olympic titles (2012 and 2016) and six world championship titles over 5,000m and 10,000m, Farah signs his first victory in the marathon, by signing the world record in the distance. 2 hours 5 minutes 50 seconds. Soeren Kragh Andersen wins the Paris-Tours cycling classic
The classic cyclist Paris-Tours on Sunday gave a Danish winner, Soeren Kragh Andersen, and a spectacular race on television thanks to the novelty of its course, 12.5 kilometers of vineyards.
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Cycling conquering paths