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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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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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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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