Here are today’s top stories:

– The Financial Times reports that the U.S. is threatening to target Chinese banks unless Beijing gets tough on North Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump’s government wants China to take steps to reduce financial and commercial transactions with the Pyongyang regime.

– Thousands of people in France are protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s labor reform. The plan proposes giving companies more room to set conditions for their employees and adjust salaries based on overall circumstances, Europa Press reports.

– The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Spain rose 1.6% year-on-year in August compared to 1.5% in July, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), EFE reports.

– Catalan President Carles Puigdemont plans to hold a referendum on independence for the region without transparent ballot boxes or voting booths. The Generalitat’s rules for the October 1st vote eliminate many of the guarantees in other electoral processes, El País reports.

Apple’s new iPhone costs $999. It will be available for pre-order on October 27th and ships on November 3rd. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “It’s the greatest leap forward since the original iPhone”.

J.J. Abrams will be the director and screenwriter of Star Wars Episode IX. He has returned to the Disney factory to film the ninth episode of the saga, which will premiere December 20, 2019, Hipertextual reports.

Contact: Communications