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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The leader of ISIS is dead. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

You know ISIS (which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) for being one of the world’s most well-known and dangerous terrorist organizations. For carrying out well over a hundred terror attacks in dozens of countries around the world. For being responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. For being led by a man named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, Prez Trump suddenly announced that Baghdadi is dead. We’ll repeat: the leader of ISIS...is dead. Baghdadi reportedly died during a secret two-hour nighttime raid conducted by the US military, when he was cornered by US forces - leading him to detonate a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his kids. The raid took place in northwest Syria. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Huge. Baghdadi’s death is being labelled the most significant death of a terror leader since Osama bin Laden (the leader of al Qaeda) was killed back in 2011. And it comes after a years-long manhunt - not to mention countless false-alarms and rumors surrounding Baghdadi’s death. 

 

SO…?

Baghdadi’s death is expected to be a major blow to ISIS - coming after the country pretty much lost its hold on Syria. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Brexit is on everyone’s minds. Quick refresher: it’s no secret that the UK’s had a bit of trouble putting together a deal to ditch the EU. Enter: Prime Minister Boris Johnson - who recently worked out a Brexit deal with the EU. Problem, since Parliament supports this deal - but didn’t nod its head to speeding things up and getting the deal passed earlier. Meaning it wouldn’t be passed before the October 31st deadline. Now, it looks like the EU’s nodding its head to giving the UK another deadline extension. Aka a “flextension.” In other news, recently, Argentina said ‘this guy seems chill’ and picked center-left opposition candidate Alberto Fernández to be prez. This comes as the country’s facing an economic crisis. 

 

PROTESTS: All eyes are on Lebanon. Reminder: for over a week, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets there in what’s being called the “October Revolution.” The why: anger over decades of political corruption and poor gov management. Yesterday, protesters took things a step further - and created a human chain across the entire country. Yes, really. About 170,000 people apparently participated, calling for the current gov to resign. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, in Chile, protesters have been taking to the streets for days over the country’s social and economic problems. At least 19 people have been killed in clashes with police. Now, it looks like Chile’s prez is asking his ministers to resign so he can reshuffle the gov. 

 

USA: The fires in California keep getting worse. Recently, the state’s governor declared a state of emergency after strong winds caused an explosion of the Kincade Fire - which has already burned 54,000 acres - in northern California. Around 200,000 have been ordered to evacuate in Sonoma County, while millions of people in the area are without power. Now, it looks like authorities are looking into the possibility that this fire was started by an arsonist. Meanwhile, Rep Tim Ryan (D-OH) just dropped out of the 2020 presidential election race. And in other campaign news, Rep Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is endorsing Bernie Sanders for prez - joining Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 


WHAT TO KNOW

A picture of Cara Delevingne:” what just crash-landed (on board a Samsung satellite from space) on a Michigan farm. Read that again. 


SAY WHAT?

Fat cat named Cinderblock warms hearts with its workout routine” -  an actual headline. Our hearts are feline warmed. 

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