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Tennis. Serena Williams added herself to the list of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. Open, pulling out of the year's last Grand Slam tournament because of a torn hamstring. This will be the first major tournament since 1997 without any of Williams, Federer or Nadal in the singles brackets.
Afghanistan. At least 72 civilians have been killed in the two explosions outside Kabul airport, a hospital source and a Taliban official in the Afghan capital say. At least 13 US soldiers were also killed in Thursday’s blasts. US President Joe Biden pledged to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by ISIS-K.
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Nigeria Goes to Russia
The Story Nigeria and Russia have signed a military cooperation deal providing a legal framework for the supply of equipment and the training of troops, the Nigerian embassy in Moscow said on Wednesday.
Why Russia? President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed interest in such a pact with Russia as far back as 2019 when he met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a Russia-Africa summit. The Nigerian ambassador to Russia at the time said Buhari felt Russia could help defeat the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency in the northeast of the country, which remains a major problem.
What are the details of the deal? According to the Nigerian embassy, "the Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation between both countries provides a legal framework for the supply of military equipment, provision of after-sales services, training of personnel in respective educational establishments and technology transfer, among others". It described the pact as a landmark development in bilateral relations between Abuja and Moscow.
Alternative to a failed deal? Reuters reported in July that U.S. lawmakers had put a hold on a proposal to sell almost $1b worth of weapons to Nigeria over concerns about possible human rights abuses by the government. Three sources familiar with the matter said at the time the proposed sale of 12 attack helicopters and related equipment was being delayed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Nigeria already uses some Russian fighter jets and helicopters, alongside military equipment purchased from Western powers such as the United States. SOURCE
Nigeria Takes Another Unwanted Award
The Story A new report has placed Nigeria as the second poorest country in the world in terms of food affordability.
Who made the report? The report, by the Institute of Development Studies, a UK-based think tank, was compiled through a publicly available global cost-of-living database, Numbeo. The report was used in creating a ‘cost of food basics’ analysis that compares the monthly minimum recommended spend on food per adult and monthly average wage in 107 countries across the world.
How did Nigeria rank second on the list? The minimum recommended amount of food is based on 12-14 basic items that together would account for 2,100 calories per adult per day, the level recommended by the World Health Organisation for energy needs. Basic food is least affordable in Syria, where the minimum recommended monthly spend would account for 177% of average wage per adult, followed by Nigeria where 101% of the average wage is spent on food.
What's the recommended spend on food? While this may vary with individuals, the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) recommends an average of about $200 per month for an adult. The top 10 countries where basic food is least affordable in are Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Indonesia, Algeria, Iran and Uzbekistan. Statista, a data firm, pegged the average living wage in Nigeria at N43,200, 30.60% higher than the N30,000 minimum wage that several states are yet to meet up with.
The Punch in a recent survey in markets across Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory found that the cost of basic food items such as beans, tomatoes and rice had recorded worrying hikes of about 253% 123% and 51% respectively within a year period. SOURCE
Ganging Up On Haiti
The Story The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Haiti August 14 was followed two days later by torrential rains from Tropical Depression Grace.
How bad was it? The death toll has risen to 2207. More than 12,000 people are injured, and 344 are still missing. Tens of thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed. Relief operations are expanding, but authorities are struggling with security at distribution points. To add insult to injury, mobs have hijacked aid trucks and even ambulances, forcing relief workers to transport supplies by helicopter.
Really? A week ago, an obstetrician on his way to perform an emergency cesarean delivery was kidnapped, causing both his patient and her unborn child to die. One of the country's few orthopedic surgeons was also kidnapped. The doctors' families were contacted by the kidnappers, but no information on ransom demands was forthcoming.
Any help from the international community? The doctors were released three days later. Since then, aid delivery and rescue teams have been pouring into the country. The USS Arlington arrived over the weekend, with doctors, nurses, medical devices, two helicopters, and 200 Marines. A German organization sent a team of 33 doctors, nurses, and orderlies, along with 11 tons of material.
On Sunday, one of the capital’s most notorious gangsters, Jimmy "Barbecue" Cherizier, announced in a Facebook video that his G9 Revolutionary Forces and allied gangs had reached a truce and would assist in relief efforts. SOURCE
On a Deadline
US President Biden is sticking to his August 31 withdrawal date from Afghanistan.
*Checks calendar.* That’s next week.
Yup. After Biden announced the end to America's nearly 20-year military mission in Afghanistan, the Taliban quickly gained ground and took over the country. US troops stayed on the ground – some even flying over to help – with the mission to secure the Kabul airport and evacuate thousands of Americans and Afghan allies. So far, at least 70,000 people have been flown out of the country. But with thousands still left, Biden floated the idea of keeping US troops past the end-of-month deadline. Yesterday, he changed his tune.
Security concerns are “very high.” The White House fears that the airport could be the site of ISIS terror attacks. And is confident they’re “on pace to finish” evacuations by Tuesday. But world leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are less optimistic. Biden asked the Pentagon and State Dept for contingency plans. And the CIA director reportedly had a secret meeting with a Taliban leader – but unclear about what. Now, the militant group’s warning that if US troops stay, America would be in “clear violation” of last year’s peace agreement. Hundreds of US troops have left the country after days of chaos. Meanwhile, the Taliban are cracking down on Afghans by blocking many from leaving the country, urging women to stay home, and reportedly executing civilians and Afghan forces.
What about people who’ve gotten out?
It’s not looking too good for some. There are reports of Afghan evacuees living in “dire conditions” at a Qatar air base. Thousands are reportedly living in feces and urine, dealing with a rat infestation and sweltering heat there. US officials say they’re aware and are trying to provide a “secure, safe, and sanitary environment." But the air base conditions appear to further highlight America’s unpreparedness in its withdrawal plans. Meanwhile, Airbnb is stepping in and providing temporary housing to 20,000 Afghans globally.
Biden offers no regrets
In his speech last week, President Biden defended his admin's exit as a bold choice that three presidents before him failed to make. What he didn't say: the Taliban controls the country now. And the Taliban isn't extending the US's stay past the end of the month. SOURCE
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QUESTION & ANSWER
What is the coolest way that someone has ever won?
The first-ever to win the United States version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.
He did not just win the game, he won it in the coolest way possible. When he knew he had the chance to do it, he didn’t let it slip away.
He was the first-ever to reach the million-dollar question. Not only that. He did without using any lifelines.
During the last question, Regis Philbin asked the following question:
Which of these U.S. presidents appeared on the television series Laugh-In?
A. Lyndon Johnson
B. Richard Nixon
C. Jimmy Carter
D. Gerald Ford
Seeing the question, John then smiled and used his lifeline to call his father for help — at least that’s what everyone thought.
When his dad answered the call, Regis Philbin gave the question and passed the call to John, which was followed by the conversation below.
John: Uh, hi, dad.
John: Um, I don’t really need your help. I just want to let you know that I’m gonna win the million dollars.
John: Because the president that appeared in Laugh-In is Richard Nixon and that’s my final answer.
John got the right answer in the best possible way. He got to the million-dollar question without using any lifelines, only using it to tell his dad that he knew that answer all along. He’s the first-ever to win the game to top it all off.
It was an overkill.
He had every chance there is and John Carpenter definitely nailed it. SOURCE