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Somalia. At least nine people have died in a suspected suicide bombing in capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said. The attack on Tuesday has killed and wounded civilians and members of the security forces.
Haiti. Chief prosecutor is seeking charges against Prime Minister Ariel Henry in relation to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, accusing the prime minister of communicating with a key suspect in the case on the night Moise was killed.
United Arab Emirates. Three “hackers-for-hire” working for a company in the UAE “for the benefit” of the government in Abu Dhabi have agreed to pay $1.68m in penalties as part of a legal settlement in the United States, the US Justice Department said.
China. Ambassador to the United Kingdom has been banned from the British parliament because Beijing imposed sanctions on legislators after they spoke out against alleged human rights abuses directed at the minority Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang.
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The Story Five gunmen on Monday attacked the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State following the declaration of sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Another abduction? No, the armed men invaded the school premises when some students were participating in the ongoing 2021 West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and stopped the exercise. The students were preparing to sit for English when the gunmen forcefully infiltrated the school premises and dispersed them.
Were there any casualties? Although no casualties were recorded during the attack, the attackers set ablaze some motorcycles belonging to some of the staff and students. IPOB had ordered that all Southeastern states observe sit-at-home every Monday in solidarity for its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services. Compliance was low in the Imo state capital, Owerri, as residents went about their daily activities in defiance of the IPOB order. SOURCE
Not My Constitution But Yours Be Done
The Story Tunisia’s President Kais Saied indicated he was preparing to change the country’s constitution, but said he would only do so using existing constitutional means, seven weeks after he seized powers in moves his foes called a coup.
What's his plan for the country? The comments represented his clearest statement yet about what he intends to do next, having sworn there was “no going back” to the situation in the North African country before his intervention on 25 July. Speaking live on television in a central Tunis boulevard, Saied said he respected the 2014 democratic constitution but that it was not eternal and could be amended. Political leaders have complained about the constitution since it was agreed in 2014, calling for it to be changed to either a more directly presidential, or a more directly parliamentary system.
What are the requirements for changing the constitution? Article 144 of the constitution says an amendment to the document can only be put to a referendum if it has already been approved by two-thirds of the parliament, an institution Saied last month called “a danger to the state”. He has yet to appoint a new government or make any clear declaration of his long-term intentions, as Tunisia struggles to confront a rolling economic crisis. Ambassadors from the Group of Seven advanced economies this week urged him to quickly appoint a new government and return to “a constitutional order, in which an elected parliament plays a significant role.”
How did Tunisians react to the announcement? One of Saied’s advisers told Reuters on Thursday the president was planning to suspend the constitution and offer an amended version via a referendum, prompting opposition from political parties and the powerful UGTT labour union. Anxiety has been growing, both internally and among Western democracies that have supported Tunisia’s public finances, over Saied’s intentions since his July 25 announcement that he was sacking the Prime Minister and suspending parliament.
The former constitutional law professor justified his moves by citing emergency measures in the constitution that his critics and many legal scholars said did not support his intervention. Saied’s intervention drew widespread support after years of political paralysis, but it has thrust Tunisia into crisis a decade after it threw off autocracy and embraced democracy in the revolution that triggered the Arab Spring. SOURCE
Yielding To The Taliban
The Story China has pledged 200 million yuan ($31m) worth of aid to Afghanistan.
What kind of aid? Beijing offered food supplies, coronavirus vaccines, and more in an effort to maintain communication with the Taliban, which recently took control of the country, and stated that they would need funds in order to set up a new government. The Taliban's interim cabinet was announced last week, with the country declared an “Islamic Emirate.”
What's the latest from the US government? President Biden said that the United States is still a “long way off” from recognising the Taliban government, but China was quick to step in. China has also been openly critical about America’s withdrawal, saying its troops had “wreaked havoc” in Afghanistan. “What the US did in Afghanistan over the past two decades is a textbook example which shows us the consequences of wanton military intervention and attempts to impose one's own ideology and values on others,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin.
Terms And Conditions Apply Even before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, China invited representatives from the group to talk in July, offering economic support for Afghanistan but also stressing that the country 'should not be used as a staging point for terrorists'. Taliban officials have described China as Afghanistan's most important partner, and pinned hopes on Chinese investment and support to rebuild the war-torn country. SOURCE
France Moves To Stop Russian-Malian Alignment
The Story A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from former colonial power, France.
Why is France opposed to it? According to diplomatic sources, France is worried the arrival of Russian mercenaries would undermine its decade-old counter-terrorism operation against al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked fighters in the Sahel region of West Africa at a time when it is seeking to draw down its 5,000-strong Barkhane mission to reshape it with more European partners. European source who tracks West Africa and a security source in the region said at least 1,000 mercenaries could be involved. Two other sources believed the number was lower but did not provide figures.
What are the Russians going to be doing there? Four sources said Russian private military contractors, the Wagner Group, would be paid about 6B CFA francs ($10.8m) a month for its services. One security source working in the region said the mercenaries would train the Malian military and provide protection for senior officials. Reuters could not confirm independently how many mercenaries could be involved, how much they would be compensated, or establish the exact objective any deal involving Russian mercenaries would serve for Mali’s military junta.
What's France doing to prevent the deal? Reuters, in a report citing seven unnamed diplomatic and security sources, said Paris has begun a diplomatic drive to prevent the military junta in Mali from enacting the deal, which would permit the Wagner Group to operate in the former French colony. France’s diplomatic offensive, the diplomatic sources said, includes enlisting the help of partners including the United States to persuade Mali’s junta not to press ahead with the deal and sending senior diplomats to Moscow and Mali for talks.
As relations with France have worsened, Mali’s military junta has increased contacts with Russia, including Defence Minister Sadio Camara visiting Moscow and overseeing tank exercises on 4 September. A senior Malian defence ministry source said the visit was in “the framework of cooperation and military assistance” and gave no further details. Russia’s defence ministry said deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin had met Camara during an international military forum and “discussed defence cooperation projects in detail as well as regional security matters related to West Africa.” SOURCE
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What is the hardest known natural material? A. Diamonds B. Igneous Rock C. Gold
QUESTION & ANSWER
What is the coolest psychological trick?
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This is called the five-question trick, and I got it from watching a Neil Strauss Youtube video. It's probably relatively popular now, but it's a sure drink.
1. Issue somebody the following challenge: "I'm going to ask you five questions. I bet you can't answer them all wrong. If you do, you win; if you get any of them right, I win."
2. For the first three questions:
Precede each one with the number of question it is, such as 'Right, number one ...'
Keep them very easy, such as 'What is your name?'
The challenger should get the first three wrong very easily.
3. Question four is 'Which question are we on?' It is important to get into this concern after number three; don't precede it by saying, 'matter four ...'
4. Any discerning challenger won't be seduced by this (although they might); they're going to give a wrong solution. When they do give an incorrect answer, you must feign dismay. Put your practical face on and say, 'Ah what, you have it.' Demonstrably do not look at the most truly effective here.
5. The challenger will probably celebrate in some type. At least they will show shock that the trick might be really easy. But the key is, a couple of seconds after their response to your dismay, to issue the fifth question: 'maybe you have played this before?' Ask it casually, still with a hint of dismay in your vocals. Almost invariably (I done this possibly 100 times and 1 individual has beaten myself) they'll say, 'No!' when they do, they have answered the fifth question properly and you've obtained the wager. SOURCE
What is the hardest known natural material? A. Diamonds