The United States Scales-Back Military Exercise with Israel, Affecting Potential Iran Strike. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the number and potency of missile interception systems at the core of the joint exercise.
United Nations warns of risk of 'war' over Iranian nuclear weapons. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Iran to comply with UN resolutions demanding it curb its nuclear activities, warning that heightened international rhetoric over the issue risked degenerating into "war." He said Tehran should build confidence in its nuclear programme by "fully complying with the relevant Security Council resolutions and thoroughly cooperating with the IAEA." Otherwise, he warned, "a war of words can quickly spiral into a war of violence."
52 people are dead after torrential rains flood Niger. According to The Associated Press, emergency officials in Niger say that 52 people have died after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow and buildings to crumble. In the capital, around 400,000 people are living in emergency shelters in schools and mosques.
Major earthquake near the Philippines causes panic but minor damage. According to Reuters, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude struck off the Philippines on Friday killing one person, damaging roads and bridges and sending people fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for much of the region, but cancelled it about two hours later.
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