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“Don’t Focus on Hate”: The world is celebrating the 20th anniversary of September 11th

NEW YORK (AP) – The world solemnly marked the 20th anniversary of September 11th on Saturday, mourning lost people and rocking American unity at commemorations that took place just weeks after the bloody end of the war in Afghanistan, known as Response to the terrorist attacks began. Relatives of the victims and four US presidents paid their respects to the places where hijacked planes killed nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest act of terrorism on American soil. Others gathered for commemorations from Portland, Maine, Guam, or volunteer projects on a day of service in the United States. Foreign leaders expressed their condolences over an attack in the United States

FBI releases newly released records of 9/11 attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI released a newly released document late Saturday relating to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the lead-up to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. However, the document details the kidnappers had with Saudi staff in the US provide no evidence that high-ranking Saudi government officials were involved in the conspiracy. The document, dated on 20. The 16-page document is a summary of a 2015 FBI interview with a man who had frequent contact with Saudi nationals in the United States

Bush warns of domestic extremism and appeals to “nation I know”

SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania (AP) – Former President George W. Bush warned the nation is falling into division and extremism, and on Saturday called for a return to the spirit of cooperation that had existed – almost instantly – after the 9/11 attacks. During the keynote address at the national memorial to the victims of Flight 93, who crashed their plane, hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists, before it could be used as a weapon against the nation’s capital, Bush warned of “violence that accumulates within it” . “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” he said. “But in their contempt for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same evil spirit.

Iran allows new memory cards in UN cameras for nuclear sites

TEHERAN, Iran (AP) – Iran agreed on Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards in surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there in order to avert a diplomatic showdown this week. However, the announcement by Mohammad Eslami of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency after a meeting with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, in Tehran, still leaves the watchdog in the same position as it has since February. Tehran keeps all recordings at its locations as negotiations on the return of the US and Iran to the 2015 nuclear deal stalled in Vienna.

Taliban: Women can study at gender-segregated universities

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Women in Afghanistan can continue to study at universities, including at the postgraduate level, but classrooms will be gender segregated and Islamic clothing will be mandatory, the new Taliban administration’s higher education minister said on Sunday. The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, presented the new policy at a press conference days after Afghanistan’s new rulers formed an all-male government. On Saturday, the Taliban hoisted their flag over the presidential palace, signaling the start of the work of the new government. The world has been watching closely to what extent the Taliban might behave differently than when they were first in office in the late 1990s.

Pope in Orbans Hungary: Open your arms to everyone

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Pope Francis called on Hungary on Sunday to “stretch out his arms to everyone” in a veiled criticism of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-migrant policies when the Pope opened a four-day visit to Central Europe first major international excursion since the bowel operation in July. Francis, 84, showed himself in good shape during his brief visit to Budapest, presiding over a long mass and standing and waving to the crowd in his open popemobile during an excursion. He used a golf cart to avoid long distances indoors and at one point admitted that he had to sit down because “I’m not 15 anymore”. But otherwise, despite his continued recovery, he kept up the typical grueling pace of a papal tour.

A rare presidential candidate in conservative Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – The woman who was the first female foreign minister and deputy prime minister to break barriers in culturally conservative Somalia is now aiming for the top office in the country, while the nation in the Horn of Africa is heading for a long-delayed presidential election. MP Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam is aware of the challenges of winning votes in a nation where women are often marginalized. In an interview with The Associated Press, she described the struggle to run a predominantly male State Department. “They have been very reluctant to work with me just because I’m a woman,” she said.

Oil rich Norway is going to the elections with the environment on the agenda

STAVANGER, Norway (dpa) – North Sea oil and gas have helped make Norway one of the richest countries in the world. But when the Norwegians go to the polls on Monday, fears of climate change put the future of the industry high on the campaign agenda. The ruling Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and the opposition Labor Party, which leads opinion polls, are both advocating a gradual move away from fossil fuels, which continue to support the economy. But the larger parties rarely rule alone in Norway; smaller actors are usually required to form a majority coalition and they can have an overwhelming influence on the government agenda.

Japan exceeds vaccination rate of 50%, could relax the limits in November.

TOKYO (AP) – The Japanese government says more than 50% of the population is fully vaccinated. Japan’s vaccine rollouts began in mid-February, months behind many wealthy countries due to lengthy clinical testing requirements and the lengthy approval process. Vaccinations for elderly patients, which began in April, have also been slowed by supply shortages of imported vaccines, but the pace picked up in late May and has since reached 1 million doses per day. Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is responsible for COVID-19 measures, said on the weekly talk show on public television NHK on Sunday that around 60% of the population is expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of September, which is the current level in Europe.

Justin Bieber makes a triumphant return to MTV VMAs

For the first time in six years, the MTV Video Music Awards 2021 will get a dose of “Bieber fever”. Justin Bieber is expected to return to the VMAs stage for an all-star caliber event that will air Sunday night at 8 p.m. EDT. The awards ceremony will take place in person at the Barclays Center in New York after a largely virtual show was held last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bieber leads this year’s show with seven nominations, including Video of the Year for “POPSTAR” and Artist of the Year. He was last on the VMA stage in 2015 when he performed “What Do You Mean?” Other scheduled appearances include Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, Chloe, Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, Olivia Rodrigo, Machine Gun Kelly and Doja Cat – who will also host the show.

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