5 Things to Know (Sept 12-15)

Syrian Ceasefire, Refugee Hopes, Clues from the MH370. Previous conflicts make their way back to the top. And a 5-minute read is all you’ll need to keep yourself updated on KIS Today’s “5 things to know”!

1) Hillary Clinton’s Campaign “wobbles”

Clinton holds up her book "Living History" before a signing in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in 2003.

After a shaky exit from the 9/11 commemoration ceremony, Hillary Clinton’s doctor claims she has pneumonia hours later. Commotion arose due to the fact that Clinton’s campaign did not disclose this information to the public on Friday, when the diagnosis was issued. Clinton’s campaign refused to answer any questions, making the public question the transparency of her campaign. A trip to California had to be scratched off due to Clinton’s health condition. “While at this morning’s (Sunday’s) event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” Dr. Lisa Bardack, chairman of internal medicine stated. How will this have an effect on Hillary Clinton’s campaign? We’ll just have to wait and see.

2) MH370 Debris Found

Debris piece with burn/scorch marks to both sides found at Sainte Luce, Madagascar

Ever since the disappearance of the MH370 on March 8th, 2014, Blaine Gibson has continuously found missing debris from the plane. Remnants have been found in Madagascar and have washed up on the shores of Beijing. However, now, Gibson has found debris that shows evidence of burn marks, leaving the question of whether or not the airplane’s cause of disappearance was a fire breakout. “Until I or someone else finds the plane and the truth about what happened to it and the passengers, [I’ll keep going],” says Gibson, swearing to find the truth behind the airplane’s disappearance.

3) Refugees and America

Syrian refugees arrive aboard a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to the island of Lesbos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. The US is making plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year

The White House plans to increase the number of refugees they accept from 85,000 to 110,000 annually in 2017; if needed they would be willing to accept even more. The increase is a drastic one: from 70,000 refugees in 2013-15 when the refugee crisis started, to 85,000 in 2016, and finally, to the proposed 110,000 to initiate in 2017. More than a 57% increase in the acceptance of refugees has been overcome by America ever since the crisis started in 2015. America hopes that in doing this, it will encourage other nations to lend a hand to these refugees, and sending help to international communities.

4) Syrian Ceasefire

Image result for syrian ceasefire

A ceasefire in attempt to stop the civil conflict within Syria took place on Monday, the 12th of September. The country faced numerous airstrikes within the previous 48 hours; seen as a deliberate attempt that those on the ground have strength. Russia and The United States negotiated to create a pact that will pause the violence for the time being. “That should put an end to the barrel bombs, an end to the indiscriminate bombing of civilian neighborhoods,”says US Secretary of State John Kerry. The ceasefire will also allow humanitarian aid access to affected cities such as Aleppo. During this time, the problems of targeting al-Qaeda members will be discussed, in hope to end the civil war once and for all. Whether or not this ceasefire will be permanent or a temporary stop to death and destruction, no one knows.

5) India Water Deal

An Indian activist removes a traffic blockade on a major connecting road during a statewide strike in Bangalore on September 9, 2016.

The Indian city of Bangalore experiences a calm after the death of two citizens due to the protests over an ongoing water controversy. The River Cauvery is a water body that runs from the city of Bangalore to a neighboring city called Tamil Nadu. As the monsoon seasons draw near, drinking water runs short, and farmers struggle to meet their farming needs. Tamil Nadu is experiencing a drought and claims that Karnataka (the area where Bangalore is in) for restraining its resources. The latter then claims that Tamil Nadu is asking for more than they actually need. Riots have rampaged across both cities, and the state continues to hold emergency meetings to try and control the situation. For now, it looks like the crowd has quieted down, and protestors will be awaiting further announcements by the state on how the situation of the River Cauvery will be dealt with.

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