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IAEA and Iran Reach Temporary Agreement Over Monitoring

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Summary:

  • After months of tension, Iran has agreed to allow IAEA Inspectors to replace the memory cards to surveillance cameras installed at nuclear plants in Iran.
  • Iran has also agreed to replace broken monitoring equipment.
  • A joint statement issued by the government of Iran and the IAEA reaffirmed their mutual interest to work collaboratively.
  • Any recordings at the nuclear sites will be kept in the possession of Iran, but possibly released later if the 2015 nuclear deal is resumed.
  • Former US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 deal in 2018.
  • Current US President Joe Biden has signaled willingness to reenter the United States in the deal.
  • As part of a renewed nuclear agreement, sanctions against Iran by the United States would be lifted.

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NPR

Al Jazeera

The Guardian

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Papal Visit to Hungary

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  • Pope Francis, in speaking to a crowd of over 100,000, urged the country to support immigration.
  • Before proceeding on to Slovakia, he reminded Hungarians to remain true to their religious roots, while also being tolerant of other faiths and countries.
  • Some have criticized the Pope for spending less than day in Hungary, arguing that it is a commentary against Prime Minister Orban’s immigration policies.

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NPR

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Three Rockets Strike Near Iraq Airport

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  • Three rockets striked near Erbil Airport in Iraq which also houses United States military, according to officials. 
  • The final report stated there were no casualties, and the targeted attack was carried out by two drones carrying the rockets. 
  • The incident mirrors many others in the past which Iraq and U.S. officials alike have blamed on Iran. No one has taken responsibility for the attack. 

Sources

Al Jazeera

France 24

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Military Coup in Guinea Continues as Conde Remains Locked Up

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  • Following the military coup in Guinea which resulted in President Alpha Conde’s detention, the West African Ecowas bloc announced that he was in good health and well. 
  • The bloc called on the new Guinea President Mamady Doumbouya to free Conde and reinstate constitutional order.
  • The new government blames Conde for human rights abuses and corruption, as Dombouya stated the new system would encourage “national unity” and honor “civilian rule.” 
  • This is the fourth coup alone this year in Guinea, with majority support from citizens in the country. However, the African Union and regional leaders remain skeptical of the change to come and still urge for Conde’s release. 

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Al Jazeera

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Japan and Vietnam Sign A Deal Strengthening Defense Ties 

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  • Japan and Vietnam signed a military deal this Saturday which allows the former to give technology and defense equipment to the latter, a move which elevates the alliance to “the next level.” 
  • The contract also includes combined exercises, shared equipment, and other methods of partnership meant to strengthen both countries’ defense. 
  • The move comes as China’s strengthening military presence has caused violations, escalated tensions, and coersions

Sources 

Al Jazeera

AP

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TUC Warns Over 600,000 Jobs At Risk in UK

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  • The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has warned the United Kingdom that 600,000 jobs face the risk of being terminated if the country is unable to reach its upcoming target which will help cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.  
  • The TUC reported that the UK is behind other countries significantly in increasing green infrastructure, asking for a pledge of £85 billion to help generate 1.24 million sustainable jobs.  
  • A majority of the jobs threatened fall under the “red wall” category in the UK, a large group of Conservatives who are in the Labour party. 
  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) refutes this, however, stating that the country has done much to boost the green infrastructure and the TUC claims are false. 

Sources

https://news.sky.com/story/thousands-of-red-wall-jobs-at-risk-without-green-investment-tuc-warns-pm-12405630

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58519996

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Israel Says Iran Is Training Foreign Fighters To Operate Drones

  • Israel’s Defense Minister says Iran is training fighters from Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, and Syria to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s).
  • US military explosives experts say a drone produced in Iran caused an explosion on board the Mercer Street, a petroleum product tanker managed by Israel.  
  • Two crew members were killed during the explosion; Iran denies being involved.  
  • Israel is concerned that Hamas militants will be gain knowledge of drone operation.   

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/12/israeli-blockade-on-gaza-eases-but-residents-are-not-hopeful

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-12/israel-s-gantz-calls-for-sanctions-on-iran-absent-agreement

Gaza’s Fishing Zone Expanded By Fisherman 

  • Israel’s civilian matters military unit expanded the fishing zone by 15 nautical miles. 
  • Gaza fishermen say the expansion does not help and that Israel’s blockade must be lifted in order to stop the crippling effect on the economy 
  • The blockade is also affecting the delivery of supplies such as construction material and water. 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/12/israeli-blockade-on-gaza-eases-but-residents-are-not-hopeful

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Paris Mayor Announces Plans To Run For President

  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the daughter of Spanish immigrants, announced that she will run for president of France in the next election under the Socialist party. 
  • The mayor wishes to “build a fairer France” and hopes that all French children will have the same opportunities that she did as a child.
  • Mayor Hidalgo faces challenges outside of Paris; many French citizens outside of Paris resent what they view as the centrality and hubris of the French capital and its people.    

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/12/paris-mayor-hidalgo-announces-french-presidential-bid

https://www.politico.eu/article/anne-hidalgo-paris-mayor-france-president-election-2022/

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British Tennis Player Emma Raducanu Claims Victory At US Open

  • Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez and became the youngest Brit to win the Grand Slams.
  • Britain has not seen a British woman become a singles champion in 44 years until Raducanu’s victory.
  • This was Raducanu’s first time participating in the US Open and is only her second major tournament. 
  • Many young British tennis players have been inspired by Raducanu’s win and the Queen, Prime Minister, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have congratulated the young tennis player.  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/58535353

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-58539735

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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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