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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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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India playing the “All religions matter” card in the UN

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In a recent event that marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Countering Hate Speech, Ambassador Tirumurti from India urged the UN that fighting religiophobia should not be a “selective exercise” that involves only one or two religions but one that should be applied equally to phobias against non-Abrahamic religions as well. He had also addressed terrorism concerns that have been plaguing India due to the cross-border tensions that are on the rise.

It is ironic that such statements were made during an event whose sole purpose is to counter hate in a country where religiophobia against people practising Abrahamic religions is at an all-time high. Last week, India was in the news for all the wrong reasons due to comments made against the Prophet Muhammad (saw) by the official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of India’s major political parties. Clashes erupted around the country in retaliation and houses that belonged to Muslim activists were bulldozed and razed to the ground simply because they had raised objections against the ruling party for the hateful comments made. Even though the cause for all that is happening in India is predominantly Islamaphobia, it is surprising how the religion of Islam was not mentioned anywhere in the list of Abrahamic religions given by Mr Tirumurti[1] . Leaving out the religion of Islam takes us back to the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and The National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill that was passed but not implemented yet required Muslims living in India to submit documents showing that they are indeed the citizens of India.

Mr Tirumurti also mentioned that India follows pluralism as it was recognised by the UAE and Egypt to promote fraternity on the International Day of Fraternity[2] . He defines Pluralism as “where every religion is respected, is a sine qua non of tolerance and harmony,”. However, what happened in India a few days prior is a stark contrast to the definition that he read out during the event.

“Till this is done, such international days will never achieve their objectives. There cannot be double standards on religiophobia,” stated the Ambassador. His remarks on how all religions must be treated equally to combat religiophobia are similar in nature to the “All Lives Matter” slogan created for the sole purpose of undermining the ‘Black Lives Matter movement. India needs to look back at itself to understand the definition of double standards as the country itself has become the epitome of the word by denying the extremist allegations while executing the same on minorities.[3] 

Regarding the statement given by Mr Tirumurti in the UN, Mahmooda, a Muslim citizen of India, living in Chennai said, “This is yet another flag of insignificance being pinned upon the Muslims”. This is a testament to the fact on how the government of India and the majority is still undermining and undervaluing the lives of Muslims who have made India their home for several decades now. 

“Fascism is always denied when it’s being perpetrated. Furthermore, there’s a convenient narrative orchestrated through different avenues to justify the hostility against the persecuted” remarked Aslam who is a 35 year old non-residential Indian living in the UAE.

Safura, a Muslim in her mid-20’s said that she understands that all religions must be considered equal in the religiophobia narrative and that “one cannot value one’s human life more than the other”, but it baffled her that Islam was left out of the conversation in an event that strives to fight against religiophobia despite the fact that Muslims are the most persecuted around the world. 

This makes us wonder if India believes that Muslims are the reason why religiophobia still exists and hence all the other religions must be saved from it? Unfortunately, the answer to this question can be provided by Mr Tirumurti alone.


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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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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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