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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.
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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. 
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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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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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