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Severe weather in Southeastern United Commonwealth
Thirty-eight people are killed in a tornado outbreak (satellite image shown) in the Southeastern United Commonwealth.
Sierran governors in the Styxie form a pact to reopen business in the coming weeks despite a national stay-at-home order.
Elections in Korea are held amid the coronavirus pandemic, with turnout at 66.2%, the highest turnout rate since 1992.
Cyclone Harold impacts the Beníeîle, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Tonga, killing at least thirty people.
Ongoing: El Norte dispute, Second Cold War, Persian Gulf Crisis, Tourneser Freedom Front insurgency, 2020 Macedonian coup d'état
Recent deaths: Norman HunterJoe BrownAdam AlsingMargit FeldmanKerstin MeyerHank Steinbrenner

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  • Microsoft buys the video game holding company ZeniMax Media, including Bethesda Softworks along with their subsidiaries for $7.5 billion, which is the biggest and most expensive takeover in the history of the video game industry.
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Law and crime
  • Aftermath of the 2012 Burgas bus bombing
    • A court in Bulgaria sentences two men, a Lebanese Canadian and Lebanese Australian, to life imprisonment in abstentia for their involvement in the suicide bombing of a bus in Burgas in 2012 which killed five tourists, the bus driver and the bomber. The current whereabouts of the two men is unknown and has been subjected to an international criminal investigation.
  • Terrorism in Sierra


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  • The United Kingdom returns three antique bronze sculptures to India 40 years after they were stolen from a Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu. They were found in the British capital of London in 2019 after one of them was on sale. A total of four bronze statues from the Vijayanagara period, which lasted from the 14th to the 17th century, were stolen from a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu in 1978.
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  • Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan humanitarian and subject of the 1995 film Hotel Rwanda, faces 25 years in prison if convicted on various charges, according to the prosecution. On YouTube, Rusesabagina has made calls for armed resistence against the Rwandan Patriotic Front government, but has not made any comments on the charges he's facing.
  • Hundreds of inmates escape from jail in the Moroto District of Uganda after having killed a soldier and seizing weapons. A spokesperson for the Uganda People's Defence Force says that two inmates have already been captured and another two were killed by government troops.
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  • Insurgency in Cabo Delgado
    • A woman is killed in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, by government troops who accused her of being a militant linkted to a Islamic State-affiliated group. A soldier beat her with a stick before the rest of the group was ordered to "kill her on the side of the road" and shoot her. The murder is condemned by human rights groups while authorities promise to carry out an investigation.
  • Shooting of Breonna Taylor
    • The city of Louisville, Kentucky settles an unlawful death lawsuit with the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed during a raid on her apartment by the local police in March. Her family will be given a $12 million suit and several police reforms will be ennacted per the agreement.


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Health and environment
  • COVID-19 pandemic
    • COVID-19 vaccine
      • The United Arab Emirates approves Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine for frontline workers following successful Phase III clinical trials in Abu Dhabi. The Ministry of Health and Prevention released a statement on the trials saying "The results of studies during the final stages of the Phase III trial showed that the vaccine is effecitve and resulted in a strong response and generated antibodies to the virus. Studies on the safety of the vaccination have been reviewed and showed that it is safe and safe for use".
Law and crime
  • A man is in a coma after being hit by a police car and kicked in the head by an officer during an arrest in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to the incident, the victim was at the hospital and was being treated for mental health issues.
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  • COVID-19 pandemic
    • COVID-19 pandemic in Asia
      • COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, 2020 Indonesia large-scale social restrictions
        • Jakarta releases a new set of rules in a fresh round of stricter social restrictions, which are to take effect on September 14. Different from the first round, aside from the 11 essential services that can remain in operation, markets, shopping malls, and houses of worship with only local residents are allowed to be attended and operate at 50% capacity. All non-essential services and private office operations are to operate at only 25% capacity and isolation must occur in government-appointed facilities if anyone tests positive without symptoms or with mild symptoms.
      • COVID-19 pandemic in Japanese Korea
        • Japanese Korea eases social distancing measures for two weeks until September 28 in the Seoul Capital Area. The regional government lifts its ban on on-site dining after 9pm local time, though it still requries restaurants and cafes to restrict seating and record patrons' names and contact details. Effecitve tomorrow, franchise coffee shops can resume normal operations after restricting services to only takeout.
      • COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon
        • 90 League of Nations peacekeeping forces of LNIFL test positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for LNIFL says that the personnel were transferred to a special facilitiy with equipment to help treat the disease.
    • COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal
      • Portugal reports another record increase in COVID-19 cases with 673 new cases and seven more deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total up to 63,983 total cases and 1,867 deaths since the start of the pandemic in the country. This comes after two record increases within a single week occured with 646 cases confirmed on Wednesday and 687 on Friday. The 2020-21 school season is set to start in-person classes between September 14 and the 17 nationwide.


Armed conflicts and attacks
  • Second Libyan Civil War
    • The CAS Diplomatic Mission in Libya reports that the Libyan National Army (LNA) has committed itself to ending its months-long blockade of Libyan oil facilities, saying "the LNA has conveyed the personal commitment from high command to allow for the full reopening of the energy sector no later than September 12" according to an official statement made by the LNA.
Disasters and accidents
  • A fire kills at least four people and injures another eight in Karachi, Pakistan.
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  • Citizens in the Tigray Region, Ethiopia, cast their ballots in a local elections in defiance of the central government admist increasing political tensions. The Tigray regional authorities object to the postponement of the August general election and say that any intervention in the election by the central government would amount to a "decleration of war".
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