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Hurricane Ida Pummels Gulf Coast

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Summary:

  • Hurricane Ida entered the United States as a category 4 storm on Sunday, and is one of the strongest to ever hit the Gulf Coast.
  • The entire city of New Orleans is currently without power, running solely on generators.
  • Ida brought in winds of over 150 miles per hour, entering Louisiana on the same day that Hurricane Katrina hit, 16 years ago.
  • Initial storm damage includes blown off rooftops and ravished coastal areas.
  • Ida’s force has lowered slightly to 120 miles per hour winds, downgraded to a category 3 storm.
  • Residents have been warned to ration clean drinking water, amongst other necessities.
  • The storm continues to move inland and proceed north along the eastern seaboard. 
  • Experts predict millions of dollars in damage as a result of Hurricane Ida.

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CNN

Associated Press

The Weather Channel

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US Strikes “Credible Threat” in Afghanistan

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  • The United States targeted and struck a vehicle loaded with explosives in Kabul on Sunday.
  • The campaign was in response to a “credible threat” received by the United States as they near completion of troop withdrawal.
  • The vehicle was suspected to be part of a suicide bomb attack at the behest of ISIS-K.
  • The military is still determining what if any civilian loss of life occurred in connection with the strike.

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USA Today

CNN

The New York Times

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Israel fires missiles into Gaza 

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  • Tensions rise. An Israeli aircraft has bombed Hamas sites in Gaza. Israel claims that the attack was in response from the Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza. 
  • The Palestianins in Gaza are pushing for an ease of restrictions that have been placed on them by Israel.  
  • Israel continue to bomb other facilities in Gaza 
  • 6 people were injured but thankfully, no casualties  

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Fumio Kishida, Runner Up for Prime Minister 

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  • Fumio Kishida, is a runner up for the position as prime minister. Kishida is a part of the Liberal Democratic party (LPD) lawmaker as well as a former foreign minister. Kishida states that he will challenge Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga this Thursday for leadership. The election will be held in Fall to negotiate the next leader of the LPD, a chamber within the parliament. 
  • There is a distress within the public in relation to the coronavirus as well as the delta variant. The public wants change and someone who will help them in this detrimental time. Kishida promises that he will showcase new policies for the public. He also has some ideas such as amending the Constitution.  
  • Kishida proposes launching a new economic stimulus package. This could possibly help family and people who are heavily being affected by the pandemic, lending them aid in their time of crisis. 

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Reuters

Japan Today

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Death of Jauques Rogge, IOC president 

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  • Former President of the IOC (International Olympic Community) has passed away at age of 79. Jacques Rogge had a degree in medicine as well as being an orthopedic surgeon.  Not only was this man the eight president of the IOC, but was also the Honorary president. He was president of the committee from 2001- 2013.  
  • Rogge was an athlete, competing in both Rugby and sailing. He also engaged in the Olympic Games (1968, 1972, and 1976). Later, he started his presidency with the IOC. 
  • Sadly, he leaves a wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren. He was very passionate about sports and made time out for the players. His love for sports was inspiring. 

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USA Today

Olympics.com

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30 Soldiers Killed in Yemen From Drone Attack

  • The al-Anad airbase in southern Yemen was targeted with armed drones and missiles Sunday.
  • 30 pro-government fighters were killed by the rebel attacks on the military base, which is currently housing Saudi-led forces.
  • 60 other individuals on the base are said to be wounded due to the Houthi attack.
  • The Houthis have not made any comment on the situation however suspicion falls on the rebels who have previously attacked the same airbase.

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BBC

Al Jazeera

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Risk of Being Ousted by Rival Faction

  • Boxing star Emmanuel Pacquiao led a faction of the Philippines’s ruling party in an attempt to remove current party chairman President Rodrigo Duterte.
  • Philippines’ deeply divided ruling party is continuously being pulled apart by leaders Pacquiao and Duterte.
  • Pacquiao and his allies fell out with the party in June when the faction criticized Duterte’s position on the South China Sea territorial dispute with China.
  • Duterte’s faction feels that the other side lacks foreign policy knowledge and is a group of pretenders and attention seekers.
  • Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/rival-faction-philippines-ruling-party-tries-oust-duterte-chairman-role-2021-08-29/

https://amp.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3146805/philippines-pacquiao-camp-tries-oust-duterte-partys

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Wife of Murdered Greek Ambassador Found Guilty After 5 Years

  • Françoise de Souza Oliveira, wife to Kyriakos Amiridis, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for planning to murder her husbandx
  • Kyriakos Amiridis, the Greek ambassador to Brazil, was found burnt to death in his vehicle in 2016.
  • Oliveira was having an affair with then military police officer, Sergio Gomes, who confessed to killing the ambassador at the behest of his lover.
  • Gomes will now serve 22 years in jail for the murder of Kyriakos Amiridis.
  • Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58374285.amp

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/brazilian-police-say-military-police-officer-confessed-to-killing-greek-ambassador-1483151992

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Cryptocurrency Such as Bitcoin Will Now be Recognized and Regulated in Cuba

  • In what many are seeing as a move to curb US sanctions, Cuba has announced that they will recognize cryptocurrency as a form of payment on the island.
  • Rough embargo rules implemented by former President Donald Trump made sending and using the US dollar on the island difficult leading to the tech savvy country favoring cryptocurrency.
  • The Official Gazette published a resolution that states the Central Bank will regulate the cryptocurrencies and determine which licensed providers are allowed to provide services.

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CNBC

AlJazeera

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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