MON: BUSTED! RECORD HAUL OF ELEPHANT IVORY, PANGOLIN SCALES SEIZED IN SINGAPORE
In what was believed to be one of the largest seizures in the world, a record-breaking 8,800kg of elephant ivory was intercepted in Singapore. The shipment, which also included 11,900kg of pangolin scales, was en route from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Vietnam. The ivory and scales were estimated to have come from nearly 300 African elephants and 2,000 giant pangolins.
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MON: DO YOU SMELL CONSPIRACY?
Two unofficial U.S. operatives have brazenly launched a back-channel campaign that threatens to involve a foreign government in the upcoming U.S. 2020 elections. A series of private meetings were held by the two envoys with Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, as well as top officials from Ukraine. The information revealed has the potential to be weaponized against Trump’s competitors and jeopardize the special counsel’s inquiry of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
TUE: BREXITEER BORIS TAKES THE REIGN
Hardline Brexiteer, Boris Johnson, has won the leadership of the UK Conservative Party and is slated to take over from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. His immediate priority would be to push for an effective Brexit deal by October 31, a deadline which his predecessor failed to accomplish. He has touted a “do or die” stance, where he will suspend parliament to complete Brexit, even if it means a no-deal Brexit.
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CNN – More details about the leadership contest
CNN – More details about Johnson’s inherited challenges
The Guardian – Updates on Johnson’s actions since taking over as Prime Minister
WED: DON’T TEST BIG BROTHER’S PATIENCE, HONG KONG.
Hong Kong protesters’ latest besiegement of the Central Government’s Liaison Office and defacement of the national emblem has ruffled the feathers of Beijing, who has up till now been silently observing the uproar in Hong Kong. Beijing’s stance towards Hong Kong is clear: you can protest all you want, but don’t step out of line. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in Hong Kong can be deployed anytime at the behest of the Hong Kong government under Hong Kong’s Garrison Law.
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The Straits Times – More details on China’s stance
THU: OUT YOU GO, ROSSELLO!
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello’s resignation has been greeted with celebrations by Puerto Ricans, days after hordes of enraged people took to the streets of San Juan to call for his ousting. His ousting is not only a repudiation of Mr Rossello’s sin, but also an embodiment of the deep-seated anger of the people against corruption in the government. Mr Rossello was at the center of the incident that revealed 880 pages of exchanges between the ex-governor and 11 male allies. The leaked messages were laden with sexist, profane and homophobic comments.
FRI: WE DID START THE FIRE.
Wildfire experts believe that climate change had caused a “unprecedented” number of wildfires to break out within the Arctic Circle this year. Despite copious amounts of stored CO2 and methane being released, neighbouring countries like Russia are reportedly doing nothing about it, arguing the cost would be bigger than the damage caused by the flames. Meanwhile, a memorial plaque inscribed with the concentration levels of CO2 as of August 2019 will soon be unveiled at the site of the former Okjökull glacier in Borgarfjörður, western Iceland. The plaque would serve as a sombre warning of the dwindling numbers of glaciers due to climate change.