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Hurricane Nicholas Categorizes As A Category 1 Hurricane

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  • Tropical storm Nicholas hit landfall this Tuesday, categorized as a category 1 hurricane and predicted to flood parts of Louisiana and Texas over the next couple of days. 
  • The hurricane had 70 mile per hour winds according to weather officials. The warning issued following the signs of potential flash floods claim there could be up to 20 inches of rain, affecting over 6 million people. 
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbot warned the state of “extreme high-water events, including flooding and potential damage caused by the rainfall” on Monday. He also urged citizens to “Be cautious” in traveling for the next few days. 
  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged citizens to prepare, stating “We want to make sure that no one is caught off guard by this storm.” 
  • 500,000 power outages have been reported in Texas and 95,000 still remain without power in Louisiana from Hurricane Ida, with experts worried about how many more are to come. 
  • Just weeks ago, President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida which was measured as the fifth strongest hurricane to hit land, resulting in many casualties. 
  • The United States National Hurricane Centre did report that Nicolas “has continued to move slowly inland and has weakened during the past few hours,” but the flash floods to come worry many and are posed by the Center as being “life threatening.” 
  • Schools, businesses, and flights have been shut down or cancelled into the week over the states as citizens prepare for whats to come. 

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58555227

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/weather/hurricane-nicholas-tuesday/index.html

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Apple Creates Software Update Protecting Against Spyware Program Made by Israel

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  • Tech giant Apple has created a software update protecting against a spyware program used to survey a Saudi Arabian journalist. 
  • The iMessage software that has been in use since February allowed individuals to hack into another person’s phone. According to an Apple Engineer, “Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals.” 
  • The hacking software was reportedly crafted by an Israeli security company. The well known Pegasus spyware created by the company which infiltrated the journalists phone had the potential to read texts, track calls and location, and more. 
  • The update comes just a day before a huge product release, including new Apple watches, iPads, and iPhones. 

Sources

https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/apple-ios-14-8-pegasus-security-fix-iphone-users-urged-to-update-immediately/

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/tech/apple-iphone-spyware-vulnerability-fix/index.html

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SpaceX To Launch First Civilian Crew into Space

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  • An independent operated by the United States Government is ready for takeoff this Wednesday, according to SpaceX, carrying a crew made completely of civilians. 
  • The group, named Inspiration 4, plans to spend three days orbiting Earth led by Jared Issacman, an accomplished pilot and explorer. 
  • This rocket will take to the air at Kennedy’s Space Center’s historic Launch complex 39A. Their hope in this mission is to raise awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s research hospital. 

Sources: 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-inspiration4-launch-st-jude-childrens-research-hospital/

https://inspiration4.com/mission

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Up To 240 Prisoners Escape Nigerian Prison

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  • This Sunday, a prison break in Nigeria located in the North central Kogi state allowed 240 prisoners to escape. 
  • It was reported that one police man was killed and another was injured. No group has been blamed or taken responsibility for the prison break. 
  • This has been the second prison break in Nigeria this year. April’s “act of terrorism” as described by the President in which another 200 prisoners managed to escape, was blamed on a the country’s Pro- Biafra secessionists.

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/africa/prisoners-escape-kogi-nigeria-intl/index.html

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Mexico’s Abortion Law Turns, Raising Questions About Acceptace Of The Change

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  • Mexico courts have ruled that the anti-abortion law, penalizing women for up to three years in Prison if broken, unconstitutional. 
  • It’s a huge win for the growing women’s rights movement in Mexico, as many women took to the streets in support of many of its neighbors legalizing aborotions. 
  • However, a majority of citizens according to national polls disagree with the change. Some doctors are refusing to go through with an abortion due to personal beliefs or others reasons.  

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/13/americas/mexico-abortion-ruling-regional-impact-cmd-intl/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/world/americas/mexico-abortion-objectors.html

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Former Minneapolis Police Officers Charged for Violation of George Floyd’s Rights Plead ‘Not Guilty’

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  • The Former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights have pleaded that they are not guilty. 
  • The federal grand jury states that there will be consequences for this violation. Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao,  J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were the former police officers within this event.
  • Chauvin was the one who applied pressure to George Floyd, causing him to be in pain and unable to breathe. Thao and Kueng are charged for not cutting in the situation. Thao, Kueng and Lane are also charged for not providing medical aid for George Floyd. 

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/us/ex-minneapolis-police-george-floyd-charges/index.html

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UEFA Champions League Group Stage Begins

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  • The UEFA Champions League group stage began on Tuesday and will have matches this week as well. Barcelona lost their first match without Lionel Messi against Bayern Munich 3-0.
  • In a shock to many, Manchester United lost their match against Young Boys 2-1, even with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in the first half of the game.
  • Chelsea played Zenit Saint Petersburg and took the game 1-0 with a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
  • Sources

https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/champions-league-scores-highlights-chelsea-juventus-begin-group-stages-with-wins-after-man-united-upset/live/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/champions-league-barcelona-hosts-bayern-in-group-stage-day-1

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Putin Quarantining After Inner Circle is Infected

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently in quarantine after multiple people in his inner circle contracted Covid-19. Putin himself tested negative and said in a video conference that he was “absolutely” healthy.
  • The World Health Organization announced that they are working towards getting South Africa 30% of the vaccine doses that the country needs, highlighting the disparity in vaccinations between rich and poor countries.
  • The UK is set to offer booster shots of the vaccine starting next week to vulnerable people and those over fifty years old, which is about 30 million people.
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/putin-in-isolation-after-covid-scare-among-inner-circle

https://apnews.com/article/africa-business-health-coronavirus-pandemic-united-nations-c7192fe472a2a738561e8ff76fa09eab

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Greece to Investigate Plane Crash that Killed Witness in Netanyahu Trial

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  • Greece is opening an investigation into the causes of a private plane crash from Israel that killed a witness in the trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • The witness, named Haim Geron, used to be an official at Israel’s ministry of communications. He was one of around 300 witnesses that were listed in Netanyahu’s trial.
  • After fifteen years as prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu is facing allegations of corruption, specifically for accepting expensive gifts from associates. Netanyahu has denied the allegations.
  • Sources

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/14/greece-probes-crash-that-killed-witness-in-netanyahu-trial

https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-israel-trials-greece-a28e3d915ea13eb7b9ff1878515586bd

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Haiti’s Prime Minister Banned From Leaving Country Amidst Assassaniation Involvement

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  • According to Haiti’s chief prosecutor, Prime Minister Ariel Henry was allegedly involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, leading to his current ban from leaving the country and the pressing of charges.
  • A key suspect in the investigation is reported to have called Henry hours after the murder. The two also spoke after that.
  • Moise was killed in his private residence by gunmen, and his death brought on a political crisis and time of turmoil for Haiti.
  • Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58564831

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/americas/haiti-prime-minister-ariel-henry-jovenel-moise-assassination-intl/index.html

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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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