POLITICS: Recently, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said ‘good news’ and announced that he - along with Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar - sees a “pathway to a deal” for Brexit. Quick refresher: ever since the UK began negotiations with the European Union on splitting up, Ireland’s been a sticking point. The why: Northern Ireland is all for Breixt - while the Republic of Ireland wants to stay in the EU...and out of Brexit. Now, it looks like the UK and Ireland are finally making headway - and could have a deal put together by the Brexit deadline. Three cheers. In other news, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was just announced. Spoiler alert: it’s Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Because, Eritrea.
MIDDLE EAST: Recently, an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea was struck by two missiles. The explosion reportedly damaged major tanks, causing oil to leak into the sea. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes after a similar attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities - an attack both the US and Saudi Arabia blamed on Iran. Meanwhile, Turkey’s military offensive against the Kurds is in its third day. And already, at least 23 Kurdish fighters have been killed - along with 11 civilians. Dozens have been wounded. This comes after the US pulled troops out of Syria - a move largely seen as giving the OK for Turkey to attack the Kurds.
WORLD: Everyone has their mind on Laquan McDonald. Reminder: back in 2014, a Chicago police officer shot and killed McDonald - who was 17 at the time and is African American. Now, years later, it’s coming out that 16 police officers and supervisors worked to “cover up” the event and exaggerate the threat posed by McDonald. Includes making false statements and destroying notes from witness interviews. Stay tuned. In other news, recently, Iranian women were allowed to attend a soccer match for the first time in 40 years. And speaking of which, the NBA is shaking its head to any further media appearances during its trip to China.