The Monday Catchup


Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The lead story: An American aid worker, captured by ISIS, has released a letter written to his parents, in which he expresses that he is “afraid to die” The man, formerly known as Peter, but now called Abdul-Rahm Kassig, due to his conversion to Islam, was recently threatened in one of the videos ISIS released of beheading a British man.

Two Hong Kong college students have revealed themselves as the leaders behind the massive student protests that have erupted on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese province. It remains to be seen how effective their leadership will be, as many protestors are already refusing to take orders from them.

Hewlett-Packard announced that it will split into two separate companies. The company, best known for its printers and personal computers, HP will spin off its software and data storage branches into a separate company.

Rumours abound surrounding Facebook and whether or not it will release a peer-to-peer payment system over Facebook messenger. The rumours spawned from leaked screenshots. Coming so soon after the announcement of Apple Pay, this represents an interesting development in the digital wallet market.

Bill Maher and Ben Affleck got into a heated argument over the nature of Islam on Real Time, Maher’s show. Maher criticized Islam, comparing the religion to the mafia, while Afleck defended the religion.

ISIS raised a flag over the town of Kobani, just six miles from the Turkish border. While the Islamic State has not gained full control of Kobani, this represents the closest the group has come to vanquishing the Kurdish troops currently holding Kobani.

A homeless man, who rode in an ambulance with the first man to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US, has been found after an extensive manhunt.

The lead story: The Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded for the discovery of how the brain maps our surrounding environment and acts as a GPS. To read the official press release and find the research leading to the discovery click here.

The weather: Expect lower temperatures this week and rain over Reading Days.

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