NEWS BREIFS: International news


US to send military aid to help with Ebola outbreak

On Tuesday September 16, President Obama announced that the US will send 3,000 troops to West Africa to help control the worsening Ebola outbreak, a New York Times article indicated. The US will aid in the construction of 17 Ebola treatment centers with about 1,700 beds. The military will be sending engineers to the region to help with the construction of the treatment centers and workers to help in the training of up to 500 healthcare workers per week. The US is also set to provide home treatment kits and kits that test to see if a person has Ebola.


ISIS terror plot foiled in Australia

On Thursday September 18, Australian authorities foiled an ISIS terror plot to publicly behead randomly chosen citizens from Sydney and Brisbane to demonstrate its reach. The plan included beheading someone on camera, draping them with the Islamic State flag and releasing the recordings through Islamic State’s propaganda arm in the Middle East. Hundreds of government officials raided dozens of properties in twelve different suburbs throughout Sydney. There were also raids in Brisbane and Logan. It was reported that 15 suspects were taken into custody.

“Quite direct exhortations were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in [Islamic State] to networks in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” said Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister


Scotland votes ‘no’ to independence

Scotland voted to stay a part of the United Kingdom following an historic vote on Friday Sept. 19. The victory came with a 55 percent to 45 percent vote. This vote prevented the divorce of a 307-year-old union between Britain, Scotland, Whales and Northern Ireland. Had Scotland voted to become independent, it would have caused major economic problems for them and the rest of the United Kingdom. These potential problems are likely a key issue that caused the ‘no’ vote.

“Like millions of other people, I am delighted. It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end.” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech on Friday morning.

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