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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A lot is going on in South Africa. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

ICYDK, South Africa has a very very high unemployment rate. Think: 28%. This has led to a lot of anger toward immigrants - a trend that’s sparked protests and violence. Earlier this week, this anger escalated into widespread riots - riots that largely targetted immigrants from other African countries (in particular: Nigeria). Rioters reportedly looted shops and set fire to cars and buildings mainly belonging to immigrants. At least 10 people were killed, with police making 189 arrests. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The rest of the world was watching. The other night, people in Nigeria protested outside of South African-owned shops. Tens of thousands of people have taken to social media to speak out against the riots. See: #SayNoToXenophobia. Air Tanzania suspended flights to Johannesburg - where most of the riots took place. Madagascar and Zambia won’t send over their soccer teams. Nigeria’s pulling its ambassador - plus dropping out of a big economic forum. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

All of this comes as African leaders are set to meet up in Cape Town, South Africa to talk trade. And since Nigeria and South Africa are the continent’s largest economies - and Nigeria’s ditching the meeting - some are worried the talks could fall apart. 

 

SO…?

A new report says the growing xenophobia in South Africa is likely here to stay. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Recently, Robert Mugabe passed away at the age of 95. You know Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s former prez who led from 1980 until 2017, when he was overthrown in a military coup. Originally, Mugabe was hailed as an “African liberation hero” after fighting white colonial rule - but over the years, led his country to the brink of starvation and economic failure. Zimbabwe’s current prez announced Mugabe’s passing. Meanwhile, the death toll in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian keeps rising. As of now, it stands at 30 - but officials are warning people to prep for the “unimaginable” as hundreds are still missing. Speaking of which, in the US, at least 5 people have been killed by Dorian - which is currently battering North Carolina

 

USA: Back in 2016, 36 people were killed at a party in an Oakland, CA warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” after it caught on fire. Two men - the party’s organizer and the warehouse’s apparent leader - were accused of involuntary manslaughter. Now, years later, a jury just found the organizer not guilty - while it was unable to reach a verdict for the warehouse leader. Speaking of which, a man in Houston is reportedly the first person to be charged under a new ban on bump stocks in the US. Bump stocks: a device that turns any semiautomatic weapon...into an automatic weapon. And in other news, recently, an American Airlines mechanic was accused of attempting to sabotage a flight with 150 passengers. Stay tuned.  

 

BIZ: The investigation into an outbreak of vaping-related respiratory illnesses is finally making headway. Case in point: recently, health officials announced that extremely high levels of a chemical called vitamin E acetate were detected in nearly every e-cigarette containing cannabis. Vitamin E acetate is a common nutritional supplement that could apparently be very dangerous if inhaled instead of eaten. Now, officials are pointing to the chemical as a “key focus” in their investigation. In other news, regulators in 8 states - plus Washington, DC - are reportedly conducting an antitrust investigation into Facebook. And meanwhile, the US added 130,000 jobs in August - while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Giant eel:” what’s apparently the creature behind those ‘Loch Ness Monster’ sightings. (R)eely disappointing. 


SAY WHAT?

“He was just being himself” - A judge ruled that a rooster named Maurice has a right to crow after a couple sued him for making too much noise. Case of the century. 

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