The coming days

The week ahead

Another presidential debate, and other news

• THE world’s finest scientists and peacemongers will see if their efforts are rewarded with a Nobel prize. The awards for medicine, physics and chemistry are handed out on consecutive days beginning on Monday October 6th. On Friday the winner of the peace prize will be announced. The latter has attracted some criticism in recent years because of the awarding committee’s wide sense of what constitutes a valuable contribution in the field.

For background, see article

• JOHN MCCAIN and Barack Obama go head-to-head in the second in a series of three presidential debates on Tuesday October 7th. Unlike the first event, which centred on foreign policy, the showdown at Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee, will be in the style of a town-hall debate, with questions coming from a group of uncommitted voters and covering both foreign and domestic issues. Both candidates are sure to get a grilling on the financial crisis and their support for a Wall Street bail-out that is far from popular with voters.

For background, see article

• INVESTORS will hope for a less traumatic week for the markets after the passage through Congress, at the second time of asking, of a huge bail-out for Wall Street’s embattled financial institutions. Other ways to keep banks afloat and ensure that the financial system does not suffer any further catastrophic failure will be discussed by finance ministers and central-bank governors from the group of seven rich countries. They meet in Washington, DC, on Friday October 10th to discuss ways to lessen the financial turmoil. The day before, in London, the Bank of England meets to set interest rates.

For background, see article

• BEIJING’S clogged thoroughfares are set for some respite. After rules to restrict traffic during the Olympics proved to be successful in reducing pollution, China’s authorities are set to introduce more permanent measures to cut emissions from car exhausts and reduce congestion. On Saturday October 11th a six-month trial will begin that bans different cars from the Chinese capital’s streets each working day; around a fifth of cars face the chop every day, depending on license-plate numbers. At weekends it will remain a free-for-all.

For background, see article

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