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This week, last year: 2nd – 8th October

Our news highlights from 12 months past, for your weekly dose of Slow Journalism perspective…

Sun 2nd October 2016
India, one of the world’s largest carbon emitters, ratifies the Paris climate agreement, committing to generating at least 40 percent of its electricity from non-fossil sources by 2030.

An Italian journalist reveals the true identity of the novelist known as Elena Ferrante. Critics accuse Claudio Gatti of intruding on the author’s privacy, after he unmasked her as a publicity-shy Italian translator in a New York Review of Books article.

“Count on us, peace will triumph” – Rodrigo Londoño, leader of the Colombian guerrilla group Farc, remains positive despite the result of a referendum in which voters reject a peace deal with the rebel group. The proposed deal to end 52 years of conflict is defeated by a margin of just 0.4 percent.

See intimate portraits of fighters on both sides of Colombia’s conflict, as photographer Alvaro Ybarra Zavala looks back on 15 years documenting Farc’s separatist struggle

Mon 3rd October 2016
Nearly 100,000 women across Poland strike to protest a proposed law that would effectively ban abortion in the country.

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim predicts the scale of job losses due to automation worldwide. In a speech made in Washington DC, Kim says research by his organisation estimates the proportion of jobs under threat in India is 69 percent, with 77 percent in China and as much as 85 percent in Ethiopia.

Read ‘Does robotisation spell the end for humanity?’, our survey into the pace of automation and where experts predict it will lead us

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room. The thieves take an estimated £8.7m in jewellery.

Tue 4th October 2016
Diane James stands down as Ukip leader 18 days after winning the party leadership. She cites a lack of support from party MEPs and officers.

Experts warn that global temperatures are higher today than at any time in the past 115,000 years, in a paper submitted to the scientific journal Earth System Dynamics.

Three British scientists win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their joint work on exotic states 
of matter. The work of 
David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz is expected 
to pave the way for developments in 
quantum technology.

Wed 5th October 2016
The UN Security Council names António Guterres as its choice for the next secretary general. The former prime minister of Portugal will replace Ban Ki-moon in January 2017.

Thu 6th October 2016
Poland’s government performs a U-turn on anti-abortion legislation following mass protests. Parliament rejects the law, initially backed by the ruling Law and Justice party, by 352 votes to eight.

Ukip leadership front-runner Steven Woolfe collapses in the European Parliament and is taken to hospital. Reports later emerge of an altercation taking place between Woolfe and fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem earlier in the day.

Fri 7th October 2016
Footage emerges of Donald Trump making sexist remarks in 2005. The hot-mic recording, captured during filming for the TV show Access Hollywood, includes Trump saying “you can do anything” to women when you are famous, such as “grab them by the pussy”.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his attempts to end the war with rebel group Farc.

Kosovo’s parliament passes a law asserting an 80 percent state ownership of the Trepca mining complex, with 20 percent going to the miners. The move prompts outrage in Serbia, which also claims ownership.

Read ‘Trepca means trouble’, as we head into the Kosovar mining complex to discover why it remains a potentially explosive obstacle to peace in the region

Sat 8th October 2016
At least 140 people are killed and 525 are wounded as a Saudi-led airstrike hits a packed funeral hall in the rebel-held capital of Yemen, Sana’a.


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