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Good morning. A grim report in the journal Nature Food found that a full-scale nuclear war between the US and Russia would kill 5 billion people (more than half of humanity).

 

It gets worse—the vast majority of us wouldn’t die instantly from the blasts. No, we’d perish from starvation as the soot kicked up by the detonations would block sunlight, sending crop yields down 90% in a matter of years and causing global famine.

 

Nuclear war must never happen.

Angola. Elections start this morning, with a high turnout likely after polls showed the main opposition party closer to victory than many expected. The ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has been in power since Angola declared independence from Portugal in 1975.

Pakistan. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has been charged under antiterrorism laws for threatening a judge and senior police officials in a speech. Khan accused police of allegedly torturing his aide who is facing sedition charges, saying he would take action against the officials.

Malaysia. After losing an appeal, Najib Razak, the former Prime Minister, has started a 12-year prison sentence for corruption related to the looting of the 1MDB state fund. Najib had been out on bail since he was first sentenced in 2020 for charges related to the transfer of $10.1M to his personal bank account.

2006 Pluto is demoted

In Prague, the International Astronomical Union votes to demote Pluto from the ninth planet of the solar system to one of dozens of known dwarf planets.

NIGERIA

A Gift That Keeps Giving

The Story
The federal government has signed an agreement with the United States government to facilitate the repatriation of another tranche of the Abacha loot.

 

What's the agreement for?
There had been a series of negotiations involving Nigeria, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) over the return of this batch of the funds said to have been looted by Nigeria's late former military Head of State, General Sani Abacha. The Tuesday agreement, which was signed at the Federal Ministry of Justice Headquarters in Abuja, is the outcome of the negotiations, whose terms included how the returned loot would be utilized.

 

How will it be utilized?
According to the Minister of Justice and attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, the $23,439,724 loot will be used to finance some infrastructural projects that have already been approved by president Muhammadu Buhari. "It is worthy to note that in line with the terms of this Agreement, Mr. President had already approved the funds to be utilized for the ongoing Presidential Development Infrastructural Funds (PIDF) projects, namely; Abuja-Kano Road, Lagos-Ibadan Express Way, and the Second Niger Bridge under the supervision of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

 

Reassuring the representative of the U.S. government, the U.S ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, on the usage of the returned loot (which Malami tagged "Abacha-5"), Malami added that president Buhari had instructed his office to "ensure that all international recoveries are transparently invested and monitored by civil society organization" to complete the above mentioned projects. Source

AFRICA

For The Love Of Mango

The Story
Many people have favourite foods, colours, fruits and other things, but not everyone would go out of their way to celebrate their favourite fruit, like Egyptians did last week.

 

What did they do?
Residents of Ismailia Governorate, a northeastern region of Egypt, took their love for Mango to another level last week as they held a two-day festival to celebrate the fruit. The hub of mango production in Egypt, Ismailia Governorate is known for producing the finest varieties, as it enjoys favourable soil and climate conditions. A parade of Harley Davidson motorcycles, music bands, and roller skating were part of the activities in the festival on the 19th and 20th of August.

 

What's their objective?
Some of the goals of the event, according to its organisers, include to promote mangos, attract investment to develop the crop, increase exports, and attract tourists to the Ismailia Governorate. With a cultivated area of more than 88,000 acres, Ismailia Governorate accounts for a third of Egypt's mango production, according to the organisers, who added that Ismailia's agricultural exports in the last three years was worth $1.4b. "I am a mango fan, I love mango very much, when I first heard that there was a mango festival I went out all the way, this is the first time a mango festival is held in Ismailia", said Amal Abbass, a resident of Ismailia. Source

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EUROPE

Resign Of The Times

The Story
Oksana Pokalchuk, who headed Amnesty International in Ukraine, is stepping down after the human rights organization issued a report last week criticizing Ukraine’s military.

 

What did the military do wrong?
The report said that “Ukrainian forces have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases and operating weapons systems in populated residential areas, including in schools and hospitals". “Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting international humanitarian law,” the secretary general of Amnesty International said in a statement accompanying the report.

 

Why the resignation?
The criticism wasn't well received, as it sparked a backlash among Ukrainian officials who said Amnesty was unfairly blaming the victim in Russia’s war. Pokalchuk noted that the organization’s employees in Ukraine had pushed Amnesty International to allow the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to respond to the report’s findings before it was published, but the organization gave Ukrainian officials “very little time to respond".

 

Is the content of the report not a reflection of the reality?
It is, but while she noted being proud of the work that Amnesty did in highlighting Russian war crimes, Pokalchuk said the Ukraine report created a conflict between Amnesty's staff in Ukrainian and the larger organization. “As a result of this, although unwillingly, the organization created material that sounded like support of Russian narratives,” Pokalchuk said, adding that, “seeking to protect civilians, this study instead has become a tool of Russian propaganda.”

 

In response to the backlash from Ukrainian officials, secretary general of Amnesty International, Agnès Callamard called out “Ukrainian and Russian social media mobs and trolls” for attacking Amnesty’s investigations, and insisted that Amnesty's report does not justify Russia's invasion, but the organization remains neutral in the conflict. “This is called war propaganda, disinformation, misinformation,” she tweeted about the backlash, saying the criticism wouldn’t “dent our impartiality” or “change the facts.” Source

FG bans use of foreign models, voice-over artists in Nigerian adverts

 

Elections may not hold over insecurity, governors tell Buhari

 

Programmers, architects’ — Nigerians qualify as UK launches special visa

 

EFCC opposes creation of Electoral Offences Commission

 

Chimamanda: Nigeria lacks heroes to inspire the youth

 

Strike: FG mulls proscription of ASUU

 

Thai capital braces for protests over PM's term limit

 

Qatar deports migrant workers after wage protest


Russia-Ukraine: Zelenskyy vows to retake Crimea


Europe facing its worst drought for 500 years: Study

CAREER WITH JOE

An Engineer Who Became a Sales Manager

 

Engineering as a prestigious course of study and the prospects it holds did not deter Joe Aito from chasing the money to become a salesperson. Now he is not just your average joe combing the streets, he has risen through the ranks and files to become a sales manager within 8years. He took us through his journey in this chat, emphasizing the need to choose valuable social connections over skills.

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Michael Verderber| (Poetry) Lion and Lilac

I’m Giving Up 6 Big Things This Winter. You can, too. Medium

What is romantic friendship? New Statesman

Healthy Masculinity. Psych Central

We all know people who just can’t apologize — well, here’s why. TED Ideas

TRIVIA

For the gram

Today is for grammar! Below are three sentences that have grammatical or stylistic errors, according to the WSJ stylebook editors. Your job is to find the error in each.

 

  1. He said according to their initial information, between 90 to 100 people were on board the boat.
  2. Ms. Loughran had speared an Obama-Biden sign into her suburban home’s lawn and waived a handmade placard at the Women’s March in New York.
  3. Analysts say that in both cases, billions of dollars were lost to corruption, which Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has since sought to reign in.

REMEMBER YOUR TENSES

TRIVIA ANSWER

1. Between is used with and, not to. So it should be “between 90 and 100 people.”

2. Waved, not waived.

3. Rein in, not reign in.

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