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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. 

Sources

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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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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