From Blasts to Bombshells – This Is World News In Focus


Turkey: Two bombs exploded outside a football stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, which killed 29 people and wounded 166.

The first explosion was caused by a car bomb, while the second blast, which occurred 45 seconds later, less than a mile away, was thought to be a suicide bombing.

Ten people have been detained, according to Turkish interior minister Suleyman Soylu.  But no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Turkish football team Bursaspor had just finished a match against Beşiktaş two hours before the blasts, where thousands of people attended.  None of the fans appeared to have been injured, according to the Guardian.

For more we go to CBS New York:


Technology: Online retailer Amazon has launched a new store which allows customers to pick their groceries and walk out without having to queue and pay at the cashier.

The merchandise is ,of course, not free.  Sensors at Amazon Go, the physical store, will track and record shoppers’ items as they move round the store.

The customer’s account will then be billed according to their purchases, as they leave the store.

The first Amazon Go is expected to be open to the public early next year in Seattle near the company’s headquarters.

But Amazon’s invention may threaten about 3.5 million store cashier jobs in the U.S. as a result.

For more we go to CBS News:


Italy: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would resign following the defeat of a referendum to change the constitution.

Despite a high turnout of 65% of eligible voters in the referendum,  59.1% voted against the proposed reforms.

A constitutional referendum was held on Sunday.  Voters were asked whether they would support political reforms that would remove power from the Senate, so that laws would be passed with the approval of the lower house of Parliament only.

The “humiliating defeat” sparks concerns about Italy’s economic future and evident support of populist and Eurosceptic parties, according to the Guardian.

For more we go to the Wall Street Journal:


South America:  Venezuela’s central bank will introduce six new notes and three new coins on 15 December.

The largest of the new bills will be worth 20,000 bolivares, which is 200 times the biggest note currently in circulation — the 100 bolivar.

The other will be notes of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500 bolivares and three coins of smaller value.

The measure was put in place to deal with the country’s soaring inflation.  According to the International Monetary Fund, inflation in Venezuela is expected to rise to nearly 500% this year.

According to, US$1 can be exchanged for about 4,250 bolivars. So a 20,000 bolivar note’s worth is just about US$4.7.

For more on the Venezuelan crisis we go to this older report by Bloomberg:


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