The FM didn’t describe the installation as a military base, saying it’d be used to resupply Chinese ships that have been participating in UN antipiracy missions. By establishing an outpost in Africa President Xi Jinping is leading the military beyond its historical focus on protecting the nation’s borders. Source: NYT
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Maine’s largest city will no longer celebrate Columbus Day as a municipal holiday. The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The vote came after nearly an hour of public comment. Source pressherald
The UN Security Council on Sept. 21 warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq’s Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote. Source: Daily News
On Tuesday evening, 80 individuals from the Turkish community surrounded the Val-de-Reuil police station to demand the release of an individual in police custody. Thirty police officers had to travel to manage the situation. Source ACTU 17