Weekly news round-up: Oct. 3

By Matthew Farr

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Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

It was a busy week in the world. Here is a quick recap of the top stories in the U.S. and around the world.

Congress overrides Obama veto, allows families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
Congress has passed a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue of the government of Saudi Arabia, Osama Bin Laden’s country of birth, for damages. President Obama attempted to veto the bill but was overruled 97-1 in the Senate. Saudi Arabia, one of America’s most important strategic partners in the Middle East, is reportedly reconsidering its relationship with the U.S. Also, several congressmen are also having “buyers remorse” of the bill.

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Colombians reject peace treaty with FARC
The Colombian people voted against a peace treaty with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). The treaty took four years to negotiate, and was signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez. President Santos said he would attempt to keep the peace despite the election result. The Colombian Government has been fighting FARC, which has a Marxist ideology, for over 50 years.

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Shimon Peres, founding father of Israel, dead at 93
The Israeli people and world leaders are mourning the passing of Shimon Peres, who died this week at 93 years of age. Peres was one of the country’s founding fathers and in his later years urged peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians. His funeral service brought friends and rivals alike to the summit Mount Herzl.

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Election headlines

-Clinton and Trump spar at Hofstra University in first presidential debate. (Story Here)

-New York Times publishes three pages of Trump’s 1995 taxes, alleges he could have paid no income tax for 18 years after 1995. (Story Here)

-Gary Johnson has second “Aleppo Moment,” fails to name a single world leader he admires. (Story Here)

-Trump Foundation ordered to cease all operations in New York state after failing to file the correct paperwork. (Story Here)

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