Tonight at 2:50 am the sun will cross the equator (visually from earth) and autumn will officially begin. Fall is my favourite season and I just gave you a hint of my favourite holiday. But before we get into the rest of the news, the credits:
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We begin with this from NPR:
The find didn't look like much at first – basically a log, lying crosswise over another log.
"It didn't look particularly exciting," says Larry Barham, professor of archaeology at the University of Liverpool. "But when you look closely and you remove the sand around it, you can see where one sits on top of the other is a notch."
From the Associated Press:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The odd device draws curious onlookers everywhere. From the outside, it resembles little more than a large black box on a tripod. Inside lies its magic: a hand-made wooden camera and darkroom in one.
As a small crowd gathers around the box camera, images of beauty and of hardship ripple to life from its dark interior: a family enjoying an outing in a swan boat on a lake; child laborers toiling in brick factories; women erased by all-covering veils; armed young men with fire in their eyes.
And pictures of the week from the BBC.
We begin with a story from the BBC:
By Jen Monaghan & Megan Fisher
Russian TV news channel Rossiya 24 has aired a trailer for a weekend show featuring former Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson.
The state-run broadcaster did not make clear whether it will feature original content or be a translation of his regular English-language videos on X.
From the Sioux City Journal:
It’s been reported that Moscow is running out of soldiers, indicated by mass conscription last year and a more recent recruitment campaign. And a new report from independent Russian news organization Important Stories and the Conflict Intelligence Team might explain why. Veuer’s Tony Spitz has the details.
Loyalty-security transactional relationship: 'Russia has failed to provide for Armenia's security'
The rest of the news, presented from West to East:
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Three women in Canada have been criminally charged after allegedly pretending to be Inuit to receive benefits from indigenous organisations.
According to police, two 25-year-old sisters committed fraud by posing as adopted Inuit children.
Both sisters and their 59-year-old mother are facing two counts of fraud each. One Inuit group called the alleged deception "flabbergasting".
From Deutsche Welle:
From The Hill:
BY LEÓN RAMÍREZ
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Colombian government manipulated a video to alter the applause received by President Gustavo Petro during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Associated Press reviewed the video and was able to verify that it was altered. The recording released by the presidential office incorporated applause for U.S. President Joe Biden, who spoke moments before Petro, making it appear the applause was directed at the Colombian leader.
From the BBC:
Incendiary rhetoric on Sikh's murder stokes debate in Canada diaspora
A row between Canada and India over the murder of a Sikh separatist has stoked talk of political friction among some Sikhs and Hindus in the diaspora, though others say it's overblown.
After Mr Trudeau's public accusation on Monday that India may have been behind the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil, a clip surfaced on social media showing the head of a US-based Sikh separatist group calling for Hindu Canadians to return to India.
Brazil court rules for Indigenous land rights in key case
From the Daily Beast:
For one week each year, as world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings, the biggest stories in international affairs all seem to be laid out, side-by-side for Americans to view up close. This year, the spectacle and related developments here in the United States had to leave most rational observers more shaken than stirred.
On Wednesday, speaking at a climate conference, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said environmental challenges facing the planet had “opened up the gates of hell.”
From the BBC:
Rishi Sunak's decision to extend some of the UK's net zero deadlines has proved - perhaps predictably - rather divisive.
The prime minister said he was putting "the long-term interests of our country before the short-term political needs of the moment".
King Charles and Queen Camilla have just wrapped up their long-awaited state visit to France, spending their final day in the southwest of the country.
While in Bordeaux, a region with deep historical ties to Britain, the couple toured a Royal Navy frigate, met local business owners and learned about the devastating impact of last year’s wildfires.
From NBC News:
“This beautiful sea has become a huge cemetery,” said the pontiff, on his visit to a hilltop memorial above Marseille with sweeping views across the Mediterranean. He appealed for more compassion in dealing with a tragedy “caused by the cruel trafficking and the fanaticism of indifference.”
From ABC News:
Swedish police say two people have been killed and two wounded in a shooting at a crowded pub northwest of Stockholm
STOCKHOLM -- Two people were killed and two wounded when a gunman opened fire in a crowded bar northwest of Stockholm, police said Friday, in the latest outburst of deadly violence in Sweden.
Police said that a 20-year-old man and another in his 70s died Friday of injuries sustained in the shooting late Thursday at a pub in Sandviken some 162 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Stockholm.
From Deutsche Welle:
The late Ilerioluwa Aloba, better known as MohBad, was one of the Afrobeats genre's rising stars. Nigerian fans have taken to the streets, seeking answers for his death at a Lagos hospital under vague circumstances.
The death of a prominent Afrobeats singer and rapper has stirred outrage in Nigeria
, after he died mysteriously last week.
Thousands of Nigerians on Thursday demonstrated across the country to seek answers for the passing of the late Ilerioluwa Aloba, who performed under the moniker MohBad. The 27-year-old was confirmed dead on September 13.
Also from the CBC:
Disease could cause another crisis in flood-ravaged Libya | About That
From Deutsche Welle:
A freak wave has claimed the lives of three submariners from the South African Navy, among the dead was the first woman on the African continent to navigate a sub.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Thursday named three submariners who died in an incident off the coast of Cape Town on Wednesday.
Lieutenant Commander Gillian Elizabeth Hector was named among three who died when a large wave struck the SAS Manthatisi while being resupplied at sea.
Hector was celebrated in South Africa, as being the first female officer on the African continent to navigate a submarine.
From the Washington Post:
India moved this week toward enacting a pivotal bill that would reserve a third of seats in the lower house of Parliament and in state legislatures for women, and could make strides in gender representation in the world’s largest democracy.
The legislation, known as the Women’s Reservation Bill, has faced obstacles for decades. It passed in the lower house on Wednesday and upper house on Thursday, with close to unanimous votes in its favor. It now requires approval from half of India’s 28 state legislatures, which is expected.
In the year 2020, when most of the European countries were in lockdown due to the COVID pandemic, an aircraft containing a Chinese creation called the Fire-Eye arrived in the Serbian capital.
It was a refined portable laboratory that could detect coronavirus infections from tiny genetic elements that the deadly virus leaves behind, as per the latest report by the Washington Post.
From First Post:
The disappearance of China's defence minister Li Shangfu, who is believed to be under investigation for corruption, is the latest case in which an influential person in President Xi Jinping's entourage has inexplicably gone. Here are the other big names gone missing
It is not uncommon for public figures to vanish unexpectedly in Xi’s land.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of former Chinese minister Qin Gang and his loss of the coveted position in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government is yet to be resolved, while another high-profile Xi Jinping minister is also missing from public view. General Li Shangfu, China’s heavyweight defence minister, has not been seen in public for more than three weeks.
Vibrant reefs filled with colorful fish and seaweed just two years ago have been turned into a wasteland of crushed corals in the South China Sea and the Philippines says it has identified a culprit – China’s shadowy maritime militia.
China has rejected the accusation, setting up another public disagreement with its neighbor over the flashpoint waterway.
From The Guardian:
Eliminate malaria once and for all or it will come back stronger, UN warned
World faces ‘malaria emergency’ from resistance to insecticides, waning efficacy of drugs, funding shortfalls and climate change
African leaders have warned that the world is facing the “biggest malaria emergency” of the past two decades.
Heads of state and experts came together in a show of unity to call for urgent action on malaria at the UN general assembly on Friday, saying progress on eradicating the disease faced serious setbacks from mosquitoes’ growing resistance to insecticides, and the decreased effectiveness of antimalarial drugs and diagnostic tests.