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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in jail for illegal financing during his 2012 presidential campaign.

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  • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in jail for illegal financing during his 2012 presidential campaign.
  • He was found to have spent tens of millions of more euros than the amount permitted by the law, which was 22.5 million euros.
  • It is alleged that part of the extra funds were used to hire Bygmalion, a public relations agency that helped keep the additional expenses hidden.
  • Sarkozy claims he was not aware of the financial logistics of his campaign, stating he “had no reason to give it more thought,” once he was told things were in order.
  • The court argued that Sarkozy knew of the financing limits and “voluntarily” neglected to follow them, while also ignoring advice from his accountants.
  • Sarkozy has been permitted to spend one year at home with a monitoring bracelet, as opposed to a year in jail. He is the first French president to have received multiple jail sentences.
  • The thirteen other people who went on trial with Sarkozy included his accountants, and members of his Republican party. They have all been found guilty and given different sentences.
  • Earlier this year, Sarkozy received a three year prison sentence for corruption, with two of the years being suspended.
  • Sarkozy was France’s president from 2007 to 2012, when he lost his reelection bid to François Hollande.
  • Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58729505

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/30/europe/sarkozy-france-election-campaign-guilty-verdict-intl/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/30/frances-sarkozy-convicted-of-illegal-campaign-financing

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Fumio Kishida Set to Become Japan’s Next Prime Minister

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  • Japan has selected Fumio Kishida to be the leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), effectively making him Japan’s new Prime Minister. Kishida’s most pressing issues will be the pandemic and Japan’s economic recovery.
  • The election was highly contested and included two women for the first time in thirteen years. Parliament is convening on Monday, and the LDP’s majority is enough to confirm that Kishida will win the broader election.
  • None of the four candidates running in the LDP leadership race recieved a majority in the initial vote, prompting a runoff vote.
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/29/asia/japan-leadership-election-kishida-intl-hnk/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/fumio-kishida-wins-japan-leadership-race-setting-him-become-prime-n1280293

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Ethiopia Expels 7 Senior UN Officials 

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  • 7 senior UN officials have been declared “persona non grata” in Ethiopia and have been given 72 hours to vacate the country. 
  • The 7 individuals who were members of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs In Ethiopia (OCHA),  have been accused of meddling in Ethiopia’s internal affairs. 
  • These expulsions come as humanitarian workers have accused Ethiopian officials of restricting access to the Northern Tigray region and blocking aid deliveries since the region erupted in a conflict between the Ethiopian Federal Forces and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) in November 2020. 
  • Ethiopian officials say they are willing to work with the UN to make aid deliveries to the region but that humanitarian workers are favoring and arming the TPLF forces, although no evidence of the accusation has been provided. 
  • Thousands have died and accusations of rape and human rights violations have plagued the area since the conflict began. 
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/30/ethiopia-orders-expulsion-of-7-top-un-officials-over-meddling

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Deal To End Tensions On Serbia And Kosovo Border Reached

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  • Kosovo officials agree to remove police forces from their northern border that neighbors Serbia in an attempt to defuse mounting tensions. 
  • The agreement comes as tensions between the nations grew this week when special police forces in Kosovo began removing Serbian license plates off incoming civilian vehicles at the border, a move that Kosovo officials say Serbia has done for years to Kosovo citizens. 
  • Both sides agree that instead of removing the opposing countries’ license plates, they will instead place stickers on any national symbols which will allow free movement between both countries. 
  • Many are hopeful that this deal is the start of even more agreements between the nations in the future. 
  • Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/30/kosovo-serbia-agree-deal-to-end-border-tensions

https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-serbia-kosovo-european-union-3d52c1e064f74273982d45de496a8e9b

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/kosovo-serbia-agree-deal-end-border-tensions-2021-09-30/

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Judge Officially Suspends Britney Spears’ Father from Conservatorship

  • On Thursday in Los Angeles, California, Judge Brenda Penny officially ended the current conservatorship between Jaime Spears, and his daughter, Popstar Britney Spears.
  • Judge Penny ordered that Mr. Spears immediately be removed from the star’s current conservatorship and that an accountant named John Zabel, a man picked by Ms. Spears, be put in place instead. 
  • A follow-up hearing in the next 30-45 days will determine if the conservatorship should be completely removed. 
  • Ms. Spears has accused her father of years of abuse and controlling her life and finances since the conservatorship was put into place in 2008. 
  • Mr. Spears has denied all allegations of abuse. 
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58742331

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Nazi Camp Secretary Captured After Evading War Crimes Hearing

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  • 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner, who was a stenographer and typist during the World War II era, skipped her trial today but was captured a few hours later. 
  • Furchner is on trial for her role in the Holocaust and is accused of 11,000 counts of accessory to murder. 
  • Prior to the hearing, Furchner made it known that she did not want to attend the trial but considering her age, court officials did not believe she would be a flight risk.
  • Furchner is now being held at a detention center and her case has been rescheduled for October 19th. 
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https://apnews.com/article/europe-crime-trials-courts-germany-6e3b2dc5f61d24e3b658ad3bac0b48ec

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North Korea Intends to Repair Ties With South Korea

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  • Kim Jong Un seeks South Korea’s help in receiving relief from U.S.-led economic sanctions.
  • Kim has instructed that cross-border hotlines be restored that are crucial to address pending issues. 
  • South Korea has said it will prepare for the restoration of the hotlines.
  • Kim has called the US “hostile” in response to the sanctions and calls for North Korea’s denuclearization. 

https://apnews.com/article/seoul-south-korea-north-korea-02db71010f65cd21a8323f78d5086adf

Flood Warnings Issued in Thailand After Heavy Rainfall

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  • A tropical storm has dumped significant amounts of rain on Bangkok and other cities in Thailand. 
  • Officials have issued flood warnings for many areas, especially since the Chao Phraya River rises and flows towards Bangkok. 
  • Many villagers have been evacuated; meteorologists are keeping an eye on the weather as more rain is expected.

https://apnews.com/article/environment-and-nature-floods-storms-thailand-bangkok-775a8b7174b4614110b23600168ea528

Cumbre Vieja Lava Hits Water, Causes Toxic Gas Release

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  •  Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s LaPalma island has flowed toward the waters of the Atlantic. 
  • Steam has been released and the subsequent chemical reaction can cause skin, nose, and eye irritation.
  • Release of toxic gases and explosions are also feared. 
  • The Spanish government has promised financial support to LaPalma. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58729674

Israeli Foreign Minister Visits Bahrain In Official Trip

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  • Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid met with Bahraini foreign minister Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani and King Hamad Al Khalifa on an official visit to strengthen diplomatic ties. 
  • The meeting included discussions on economic and security issues and signed several cooperation agreements. 
  • Opponents of these peace efforts burned tires on the outskirts of Manama. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58745885

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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