Good Morning. Amou Haji, an Iranian hermit who became famous because he did not wash with soap or water for half a century, passed away at 94. He became ill shortly after succumbing to pressure and washed a few months ago.
Sounds like he was better off not washing. They made him fix what was not broken.
Literature. Author Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and the ability to move one hand, his agent confirmed over the weekend. The injuries were sustained during a knife attack at a New York literary event in August, during which he was stabbed three times in the neck and 15 times in the chest and torso.
China. The largest Chinese companies on U.S. exchanges lost up to 25% of their value on Monday; a combined $67.7B in market capitalization. The crash came as markets reacted to Xi Jinping winning a third five-year term as China's leader. Xi's victory has generated concern among investors about the future of large Chinese tech firms following China's regulatory crackdown that began in 2021.
Ethiopia. African Union-led peace talks to end the war between Ethiopia and Tigray separatists started in South Africa. Delegations from both sides of the conflict, which has sparked a humanitarian crisis, arrived in South Africa this week for talks that are set to continue until Sunday. The talks are being facilitated by a former South African deputy president, a former Kenyan president, and a former Nigerian president.
1984 Infant receives baboon heart
At Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, Dr. Leonard L. Bailey performs the first baboon-to-human heart transplant, replacing a 14-day-old infant girl’s defective heart with the healthy, walnut-sized heart of a young baboon.
As the 2023 general elections draw nearer, it appears it is going to be smooth sailing for the Rivers state chapter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
A Federal High Court sitting in the state capital, Port Harcourt, has nullified the party Primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The court issued its decision in a suit that was brought before it by some disgruntled party members who had bemoaned exclusion during the party primaries. The court, presided over by Justice E.A. Obile, decided on Wednesday that the individuals were indeed unlawfully excluded from the primaries, adding that, consequently, the process was null and void.
What's the origin of this?
You might recall that some APC members protested at the party's state secretariat in Port Harcourt during the party's primaries, alleging exclusion. Taking it further, one George Orlu and four other people who asserted to have acquired nomination forms went before the court asking for the annulment of the APC primaries in the state as a result of their purported exclusion from the process. The plaintiffs successfully persuaded the court, which ruled that all candidates who were chosen in the APC primaries stand nullified and cannot be recognized as candidates in the forthcoming elections. SOURCE
Brazil’s presidential election between right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and his left-wing challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (“Lula”) is becoming increasingly violent.
What's happening there?
On Sunday, former Brazilian Congressman Roberto Jefferson, who refers to Bolsonaro as a “personal friend,” attempted to avoid his arrest by turning a rifle and hand grenades against federal police officers trying to take him in. “I shot at the car and close to them,” said the ex-lawmaker. He also claimed that he used the weapons “in the name of freedom, democracy and family values.”
Was anyone harmed?
Two officers and a police car received non-fatal shrapnel wounds thanks to the attack, and Jefferson was eventually arrested after an 8-hour standoff with law enforcement. He was originally under house arrest after a time in prison as part of a government investigation into anti-democratic social media groups but was supposed to be sent back to the can after threatening a female supreme court member. This friendship is now proving too costly for Bolsonaro's reelection bid.
Bolsonaro at first referred to his “friend” opening fire on the cops as “an unfortunate incident,” but eventually referred to Jefferson as a “crook” following social media pressure. Lula’s team latched on to the attack, stating, “Bolsonarista violence has reached alarming heights … We need to put an end to this hatred and violence. Brazil needs peace.” Bolsonaro is set to face off against Lula next Sunday in a runoff after Lula narrowly failed to gather a majority of votes to secure his election earlier this month. If the election goes against Bolsonaro, it would have been too much of a price to pay for friendship. SOURCE
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The revolving door at Number 10 Downing is ready to welcome yet another Conservative leader, the building’s third occupant in just seven weeks.
What's the profile of the new PM?
Rishi Sunak is set to become the U.K.’s newest leader following the resignation of Liz Truss, beating out competitors Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt over the weekend. Sunak is the first British Asian to lead the country, and at the tender age of 42 is its youngest P.M. in over two centuries. Before working in government, Sunak worked in banking, where he made millions.
How did he secure the win?
He was elected as the only Conservative Party candidate to secure over 100 votes from fellow Tory lawmakers over the weekend, pushing out former P.M. Johnson and centrist competitor Mordaunt, who both failed to garner the necessary support to bring the election to a vote of all dues-paying party members. His wife was recently reported to have dodged over £20m (roughly $22.5m) in taxes by claiming non-domicile status, which costs just £30,000 (roughly $33,800) annually. In his first post-victory statement, Sunak said the country faces a “profound economic challenge.”
What's his plan to fix that?
On his first priorities, Sunak pledged to work for “stability and unity”, adding that he would make it his “utmost priority” to unite the party and the country. Thanks to his wife's status as the daughter of Indian billionaire NR Narayana Murthy, the couple is worth around £730m (almost $820m). Maybe their financial savvy can help the floundering British economy. Sunak won the leadership contest on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Hopefully, he'd be able to bring light to Britain's lingering economic and political tunnel. SOURCE
Quora Question: What are the most epic failures in history?
“Guys, I just developed this bulletproof liquid. The Germans won’t be able to kill us now!”
These words were said by Kinjekitile Ngwale, a Tanzanian witchdoctor (and the hero of this story).
In the late 1800s, Britain, Germany, Portugal, Belgium and France storm into Africa, grabbing as much land as they can in the name of colonialism. The Germans in particular enter Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania) and claim it as their own.
Naturally, the native tribes were not happy.
So what do you do when some white guys take your livestock and steal your women?
Simple. You REBEL.
That’s where our valiant revolutionary, Mr. Kinjekitile Ngwale, comes in. He told his fellow Africans that he was a prophet sent by the ancestors to get rid of the Germans. So he became the leader of the rebellion. Just like that.
One tiny problem though…the Germans had GUNS. Lots of guns. The Africans only had spears and arrows. If you’ve ever played rock paper scissors you know how it feels when you put paper and everyone puts scissors. That’s how the Africans felt.
So Mr. Kinjekitile Ngwale came up with an idea…
Using his extensive knowledge as a witchdoctor, he mixed water, castor oil, and millet seeds. He claimed the concoction, when applied on the body, would turn the German bullets into water, essentially rendering them bullet proof. The African tribes applied this liquid and charged straight to the nearest German base, confident of their leader’s magic.
As soon as the Germans saw the Africans approaching, they…well…read this excerpt:
"Several thousand Maji warriors, led by a spirit medium, marched toward the Reich's compound at Mahenge. As soon as the rebels were within firing range, soldiers, backed by two machine guns, laid down a lethal fire. Row upon row of Maji warriors marched toward the guns, but were cut down. Hundreds were killed or wounded before breaking off the engagement."
Kinjeketile was later captured and hanged by the Germans for ‘treason’.
Despite his grand bullet proof mishap, he is still considered a hero for stirring nationalism among the Tanzanians.
So yes. Even failure can make you a hero.
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Region: Southern Europe
Short form: Albania
Government: Unitary Parliamentary Republic
Country Calling Code: +355
Capital City: Tirana
Independence Day: November 28, 1912
Population: 2.8 million (2020 estimate)
Currency: Lek (ALL)
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Rishi Sunak is not just the first British Asian to lead the country, at the tender age of 42, he is its youngest P.M. in 200 years. Can you name the youngest leaders of the following countries?
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