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Northern Nigeria Plagued by Criminal Activity, Violence, and Death

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  • The northwestern Nigerian state of Kaduna faced 2 consecutive deadly attacks on Sunday and Monday resulting in the deaths of more than 35 people.
  • The Sunday attack in Kaduna targeted a church and claimed the life of one civilian, injuring many others.
  • The Monday attack in Kaduna was facilitated by machete and gun-wielding men who burned down several homes, killed at least 34 people, and wounded several others.
  • Sokota, another northwestern Nigerian state, also faced an armed attack on Sunday where 14 soldiers, 5 police officers, and 3 members of the civil defense force were killed bringing the total death toll to 22 individuals.
  • The Sokota attack occurred on a remote army base and is suspected to be conducted by Islamic State-aligned fighters and criminals.
  • Criminal gangs have terrorized northwest and central Nigeria for years, however they have increased attacks in recent months as the Nigerian military attempts to renew operation in the region.
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Al Jazeera

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Taliban Continue to Face Obstacles in Their Quest to Rule Afghanistan

  • Since the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan the country has experienced a series of terror attacks conducted by ISIS-K, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, despite Taliban assurance that the country is secure and no longer in the “quagmire of war”.
  • Aside from domestic turbulence, the Taliban is also facing international backlash with many countries refusing to accept them as Afghanistan’s centralized government.
  • Afghanistan has no speaker at this year’s UN General Assembly meeting because Ghulam Isaczai, a UN representative appointed by the country’s former democratic government, backed out at the last minute.
  • The Taliban have requested to replace Isaczai with their own envoy, however UN Secretary-General spokesman Stéphane Dujarric has clearly stated that even though Isaczai will not be speaking at this year’s assembly, “the representative of Afghanistan remains the same”.
  • Sources:

Al Jazeera

CNN

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Israel Beseeches UN to Control Iran’s Nuclear Activity

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has called for nations to stop Iran’s nuclear activity at the United Nations General Assembly claiming that Iran is attempting to dominate the Middle East under its “nuclear umbrella.”
  • PM Bennett stated “Iran’s nuclear weapons program is at a critical point. All red lines have been crossed, inspections ignored…They’re getting away with it. If we put our heads to it, if we’re serious about stopping it, if we use our resourcefulness, we can prevail.”
  • Iran is also once again in disagreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), this time regarding their understanding of agreements made earlier this month.
  • The IAEA attempted to inspect a nuclear facility in Karaj, near the capital Tehran, when they were denied access despite director Rafael Grossi coming to an agreement with Iran’s nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami on September 12th.
  • Sources:

Iran and IAEA in new disagreement over nuclear monitoring (msn.com)

At U.N., Israeli PM Bennett says Iran has crossed all nuclear ‘red lines’ | Reuters

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UK Citizens Panic Buy Petrol as Many Fear Long-Term Shortages

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  • Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), has reported that up to 90% of fuel pumps across the country are dry due to citizens panic buying petrol.
  • Despite the government assuring that the United Kingdom is not short on fuel many retailers have been forced into closure as the public waits in lines up to several hundred meters long.
  • Many motorists have also misfueled their vehicles with diesel which can cause significant damage and has forced them to fully drain their cars.
  • Sources:

(3) UK fuel suppliers expect demand to return to normal soon, as petrol prices rise and disruption continues – business live | Business | The Guardian

‘Up to 90 percent’ of UK petrol pumps dry amid panic buying (msn.com)

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North Korea Prepared for Another Inter-Korean Summit if Respect can be Guaranteed

  • Kim Yo Jong, sister to North Korea’s leader, released another statement Saturday after urging Seoul to end “hostile policies” in a statement on Friday.
  • She said that she feels “that the atmosphere of the South Korean public desiring to recover the inter-Korean relations from a deadlock and achieve peaceful stability as soon as possible is irresistibly strong,” and that “We, too, have the same desire.”
  • South Korea’s Unification Ministry promptly stated that talks with Pyongyang should begin swiftly in order to restore stability.
  • Sources:

North Korea says inter-Korean summit possible with ‘respect’ (msn.com)

North Korea says hope is alive for peace, summit with South | Reuters

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The UN General Assembly Comes to an End After Six Days 

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  • World leaders from Israel, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Syria were the first to speak at the UN General Assembly’s last day today, wrapping up the nearly week-long event.
  • Syria’s Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad addressed refugees stating “We have made it clear that Syria’s doors are wide open for the safe and voluntary return of all refugees to their country. All relevant institutions in Syria are tirelessly working towards that goal.”
  • National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, used this last day to gather support from the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) to counter the uprise of terrorism and extremeism in Nigeria.
  • Sources:

World leaders speak on final day of UN General Assembly: Live | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

UNGA 76: Nigeria seeks UN support against counter-terrorism, violent extremism – Vanguard News (vanguardngr.com)

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Earthquake Hits Crete, One Man Killed

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  • A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Crete on Monday.  
  • One man was killed with several others injured. A church was being renovated in Arkalochori and the man was killed when the dome collapsed.  
  • Arkalochori is part of the Heraklion region, where a state of emergency was declared by government minister Christos Stylianidis.
  • Earthquakes are not uncommon in Greece and Turkey. Both countries are on top of fault lines.
  • Source:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58705376

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Federal Reserve Chairman Powell: Inflation Expected to Last Longer than Initially Anticipated

  • The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, will inform Congress on Tuesday during a mandated economic response to the pandemic that inflation is expected to last longer than anticipated.
  • Chairman Powell will speak to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, citing supply chain bottlenecks as a contributing factor to rising prices.
  • The inflation goal of 2% is expected to return after circumstances surrounding supply chain issues in the wake of the pandemic are alleviated.
  • The Fed has also stated that there will be a reduction in stimulus support to help the country with its economic recovery.
  • Source:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/27/fed-chair-powell-to-warn-congress-that-inflation-pressures-could-last-longer-than-expected.html

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Zambian President Hichilema Visits US

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  • Hakainde Hichilema won the Zambian presidential election against President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema ran for president five times before winning this year’s election.
  • President Hichilema visited the White House on Thursday. The last time a Zambian president visited the White House was in 1992.
  • Meetings with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are also on the Zambian president’s agenda for his trip to Washington.
  • Hichilema won the election by nearly 1 million votes against his opponent, Lungu.
  • Source:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/25/africa/zambia-president-hichilema-unga-intl/index.html

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Beirut Blast Investigation on Hold Again Following Requests to Remove Investigating Judge Bitar

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  • Nouhad Machnouk, former Interior Minister for Lebanon, requested Judge Tarek Bitar to be removed from the investigation into the Beirut blast.
  • Accused senior politicians requested Judge Bitar’s removal, citing misconduct and bias.
  • The Beirut blast occurred on August 4, 2020 after improperly stored ammonium nitrate exploded, killing more than 200 people and injuring 6,500 more.
  • This is the second stalling tactic for the investigation.
  • Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/27/beirut-blast-probe-suspended-after-request-to-remove-judge

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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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