News In Focus: A Look At This Week’s Most Interesting Stories
North America: Canadians have unequivocally picked Justin Trudeau as their new leader after country-wide elections on Monday.
The 43-year-old (dare we say hip-looking) Liberal Party leader won a surprising landslide victory over the incumbent Conservative Stephen Harper — with Trudeau’s party securing 184 out of 338 parliamentary seats.
Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, will be the country’s second youngest prime minister.
Trudeau’s victory is seen as a veto of Harper’s attempt to implement austerity measures – and the hope for change within Canadian politics.
With a majority in parliament, Trudeau is expected to pursue a left-leaning agenda without too much friction. Some of his ideas include improving Canada’s climate change record, stimulating the economy through deficit budgets, reducing participation in the American-led military campaigns and legalizing marijuana.
Here’s Trudeau’s victory speech, in full:
Popular culture: The world woke up to another ordinary day on Wednesday, save for a bunch of hardcore cinema enthusiasts.
The date OCT 21 2015 bears special significance as this was the day when Marty Mcfly (played by Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) began their exhilarating adventure in Steven Spielberg’s 1989 blockbuster, “Back to the Future II”.
The overall media and Internet fixation: how many of the movie’s predictions have come true?
Novelties like 3D cinema and mobile phones have become widespread; garbage-fueled vehicle, hoverboard, and wearable eyeglass screens are looming on the technology horizons.
Here’s some Back To The Future II movie moments from Universal Pictures:
US: Vice President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek the American presidency.
This ends months of speculation that Biden would possibly run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination.
Here’s Biden — who lost his 46-year-old son Beau to cancer in May — explaining his decision:
UK: Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the British as having made a visionary and strategic choice to be China’s friend in a speech he made during his state visit to the United Kingdom.
But most pragmatic Brits may only see the 40 billion pounds’ worth of business contracts President Xi’s visit brings.
Even so, one of the agreements — where China will take a one-third stake in the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in southwest England for$28 billion (£18 billion) — has roused controversies.
While the project holds prospects of creating more than 25,000 jobs and powering six million homes by 2025, intelligence officials are worried that the Chinese involvement may compromise the nation’s energy security in the event of a diplomatic row.
Here’s some analysis from the FT:
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Lead-In Image Courtesy of Universal Pictures