Equatorial Guinea. President Obiang Mbasogo has unexpectedly become the latest leader to abolish the death penalty. The last sanctioned execution that took place in the authoritarian Central African country was in 2014. Obiang, 80, has spent more than 43 years in power, a world record when excluding monarchies.
South Korea. Prosecutors have requested that Interpol issue a red notice against Terra and Luna founder Do Kwon, alleging the disgraced crypto mogul isn’t cooperating with investigators. Accused of fraud and under investigation by the SEC, Kwon was believed to be in Singapore, though police there say he is not in the city-state.
Movies. A massive leak over the weekend containing 90 videos of footage from Grand Theft Auto VI was confirmed to be legitimate by its publisher, Rockstar Games. The game, reportedly at least two years away from being finished, appears to feature a woman protagonist for the first time. The hacker has threatened to leak more data soon.
Europe. The U.K. may join the new "European Political Community," which meets for the first time in October. The group aims to increase cooperation between the 27 existing EU member states and other countries outside the bloc. The non-EU countries that have been invited include the U.K., Ukraine, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Iceland, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic. The measure came one year after King Louis XVI reluctantly approved a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power.
The House of Representatives has said it is intervening in the lingering dispute between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
What kind of intervention? The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this on Tuesday after the National Assembly returned from its two-month annual break. Gbajabiamila said he has already summoned a meeting of the stakeholders involved in the dispute, including the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and ASUU's leadership.
What's the House bringing to the negotiations? Gbajabiamila said the parliament is committed to doing everything possible to end the crisis. "Our agenda is to explore whatever options there are for parliament to help resolve the present crisis so that our children can return to school", he said. While acknowledging that "the government has a role in ensuring that our nation’s young people get a quality education that allows them to compete and thrive in the 21st-Century knowledge economy", Gbajabiamila noted that government funding has proven to be inadequate for the country's education sector.
"Evidence abounds that the current framework of government-sponsored tertiary education is no longer working as it should and hasn’t worked for a long time. Our immediate goal is to do everything to get our children back to school. However, the time has also come to begin a candid assessment of the current system and to consider all available options for complete reform. We owe this to our children and to our nation’s future", the Speaker said. Source
Hackers For Fun
The Story The BBC was contacted last week by a Vietnamese couple who said they carried out a destructive cyber-attack against the UK-based Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) "for fun".
For fun? Yes, but that was after their initial attempt at a ransomware attack was foiled by the company's IT team. "Our attack was originally planned to be a ransomware but the company's IT team kept isolating servers before we had a chance to deploy it, so we thought to have some funny [sic]. We did a wiper attack instead," one of the hackers told the BBC. It had significant impact on the operations of IHG, which operates about 6,000 hotels globally, including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Regent brands.
Why did they contact the BBC? The attention, perhaps. Identifying themselves as TeaPea, they contacted the BBC on Telegram, providing screenshots of the company's internal Outlook emails, Microsoft Teams chats and server directories as confirmation of the hack. The images in the screenshots were confirmed by IHG as genuine. The hackers gained access to the company's databases through an easily found and weak password, Qwerty1234(a combination of the first six letters and first four numbers on a computer keyboard).
How did it affect the company? Customers reported widespread problems with booking and check-in. In response to the complaints, IHG told customers that the company was "undergoing system maintenance". But it could do that for only a day, because by noon the following day, it told investors that it had been hacked. "Booking channels and other applications have been significantly disrupted since yesterday," the company said in an official notice to the London Stock Exchange. Source
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The Big Goodbye
Monday's funeral of Queen Elizabeth’s II was one of the biggest diplomatic gatherings in decades. Leaders of almost 200 countries and territories, including roughly 90 presidents and Prime Ministers, flew in to attend. Many of them did not get the royal treatment, however.
How do you mean? Japan’s Emperor and other Heads of State arrived at the funeral on buses. But that’s due to the immense security challenge. With all those powerful people in attendance and 1 million people visiting London, the UK had to deploy its biggest security detail since WWII. 10,000 police officers were on duty (and that’s only the uniformed ones), snipers were eyeing the throngs from rooftops, and a special unit had its focus on people who may be dangerously “fixated” on the royal family. And that's not all.
What more? Most of the UK economy shut down. Schools, banks, sporting events, and many retailers - including McDonald’s - shut down after the government declared Monday a bank holiday and encouraged companies to give their workers a day off. Heathrow Airport in London announced it would change ~15% of its flights for Monday so that the airplane noise wouldn’t interfere with the funeral proceedings. But coming at a time when the UK economy is hurting, the disruption caused by the queen’s funeral irked many Brits.
Weren't they all celebrating their departed Monarch? With many Britons struggling financially due to rising inflation and skyrocketing energy costs, there has been questions over the cost of the funeral to taxpayers, particularly among those who are not fans of the monarchy. People have expressed their annoyance about nationwide traffic jams, school closures, and retail closings. For instance, people have expressed frustration that their non-emergency medical procedures and appointments were postponed. As the daughter of a man whose dentist appointment was canceled told PA Media, “It’s abhorrent to ask people like himself to lose their teeth for an unelected head of state in the 21st century.” Source
Quora Question: What facts about Canada do people not believe until they come to Canada?
Swapna Simham I am originally from a tropical country, and when I immigrated to the Great White North five years ago I found a lot of things amazing and unbelievable. I will list out a few of them:
Canada is cold!! You can't believe how cold till you actually live through the winters here. Nothing in the world can prepare you for the long, dull and brutally cold winter…and it's not just the winters. Spring is cold, fall is cold, but what actually surprised me the most was that the summers are super short and really hot. I come from a tropical country, I thought I could handle a month of heat, but I was mistaken. It's probably because of the extreme dry weather in Saskatchewan though.
The sky is so blue!!! Clear beautiful skies with no trace of pollution. Again, this could be because Saskatchewan is the “land of the living skies”.
It rains in summer, and only in summer. That was really surprising to me, coming from a tropical country.
Canada is a beautiful country. Saskatchewan is flat, you really can't believe how flat unless you have actually been there. As you drive towards Alberta you can see the landscape change. Every part of Canada is beautiful. The Rocky mountains, Okanagan Valley…every single part of Canada. The Niagara falls…breathtakingly beautiful!!!
Everybody dresses casually, nobody really cares what you wear. There is absolutely no body shaming, there is no right or wrong thing to wear, whatever be the occasion. I once was at a wedding where many people wore shorts…in a church!!!
People are really polite and nice, especially here in Saskatchewan.
Healthcare, public schools and public libraries are free. Of course, nothing is really free, you do have to pay taxes for all that, but it's nice to know that you don't have to spend extra on your health or basic education.
The government really takes care of you - universal child care benefits, COVID-19 benefits and everything else in between to help you through difficult times.
The election campaigns are usually clean and simple, which is really nice.
It really is a bilingual country- not many people speak French, but everything is labeled in English and French, even toothpaste.
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launches the immersion internship program for young graduates in ECOWAS institutions. The program is open to young graduates from the ECOWAS Member States, aged 35 years or less.
ECOWAS was set up to foster the ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its member states. As a trading union, it is also meant to create a single, large trading bloc through economic cooperation.
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Why Do We Consume More Mobile Data These Days?
“I just bought this bundle yesterday. How has it finished?’’ is now a common question among the millions of smartphone users in Nigeria today. While there have been tons of smartphone upgrades recently – better refresh rates, improved connectivity, alongside a plethora of enhancements – they seem to tag along an increasingly significant problem: rapid data consumption. With the alarming rates at which we use data bundles, it’s rather pertinent to know the cause.
There are several reasons why your smartphone consumes more mobile data these days. You could either be using social media platforms a lot, streaming HD content regularly, or turning on your hotspot for others to use...
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The Biggest Funerals of All Time Quiz
With the Late Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on our minds, let’s quiz you on some of the most-attended funerals in the last two centuries. We’ll give you the location and the year of a funeral or memorial service; you have to name the famous person who was honored.