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On September 17, our nation saw violent attacks by natives of two countries where terrorism has a strong presence — the bombings in New York and New Jersey by Ahmad Khan Rahami, a native of Afghanistan, and a knife attack on nine shoppers in a St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall by Dahir Adan, a Somali immigrant.

A statement posted at the State Department website on September 20 noted: “President Barack Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis on the margins of [the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly] on September 20, 2016.” 

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a native of Afghanistan who is a suspect in the bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was taken into custody following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

A new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that the economic impact of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa is “massive and persistent” and is responsible for soaring inflation, which hurts the value of currencies, and has resulted in a flood of refugees to neighboring nations.

Despite the gloom-and-doom predictions often made by pundits associated with the environmental lobby, several recent studies show that there is no evidence to indicate that global warming caused by human activity has contributed to the rise of sea levels.

The U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire agreement between the opposing forces in the Syrian civil war began on September 12, and after the first day, calm prevailed across the embattled nation.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte made a statement on September 12 calling for the United States to withdraw U.S. Special Forces from Mindanao and other islands in his country’s southern region.

As a U.S.-Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement between the opposing forces in the Syrian civil war is about to take effect on September 12, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a statement broadcast by state media, in which he said: “The Syrian state is determined to recover every area from the terrorists.”

North Korea announced on state-sponsored Korean Central Television (KCTV) on September 9 that the communist nation had conducted a “higher level” “nuclear explosion test” that “confirmed” certain features needed to mount such weapons on ballistic missiles.

A research paper published on September 7 in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB) said that “millennials” (which the researchers defined as young adults born between 1980 and 1994) are currently more politically polarized than Generation Xers and Baby Boomers and are also more likely to identify as “conservative” than members of the preceding generations.

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