5 stories to Stay Current this week!


Movies and Music Update:

Movies: Maleficent 2 is out, as is the 9th trailer for the new Star Wars movie that will be released in December 2019. 

Music: The new single, Lights Up, by Harry Styles (formerly OneD member, now solo artist) is one of the most streamed songs. Travis Scott’s Highest in the Room is at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Post Malone’s Circles and Maroon 5’s Memories continue to climb the Hot 100. 

Lebanon: There have been widespread protests in Lebanon over the past few days. The Lebanese are demanding better living conditions and a change in the current political set-up. Daily electricity cuts, rubbish piled along streets, fluctuating water supplies and high tax rates are some of the big issues that they are dealing with. What sparked this round of protests? The government introduced a plan to add a $0.20 tax on all WhatsApp voice calls. This seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, and has resulted in the discontent being discussed and better political and economic management being demanded. Click here to read more about this movement.

Brexit: Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK is trying to push through his Brexit deal with the EU by October 31. British Parliament told him to ask the EU for an extension, which he was obliged to do, but he is still trying to get support for the deal he has put together. Click here to read more about this.

Tennis! Tennis champ, Rafael Nadal got married this past weekend! His girlfriend of many years, Xisca Perello, married him in Mallorca in Spain.

Space: Two women astronauts made history this weekend by completing the first all-women space walk outside the International Space Station. They replaced a failed battery while tethered to the outside of the space station for 7 hours and 17 minutes. Of course women have conducted space walks before, as part of a team including men. Click here to read about this!



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