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Hong Kong to end international travel quarantine
The Hong Kong government is ending formal quarantine for international travelers after strict pandemic controls which lasted more than two years. A Government press release stated, "The Government announced on September 23 the lifting of compulsory quarantine requirement for inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan starting from September 26, after analysing scientific data and striking a balance among factors such as transmission risks."
Biden administration relaxes internet sanctions on Iran
The Biden administration has issued a license to relax sanctions on internet services in Iran, claiming that the move aims to "support the free flow of information" for Iranians amid widespread anti-government protests. On Friday, The US Treasury Department said that the decision comes in response to the Iranian authorities choking off internet access in the country to disrupt demonstrations.
Los Angeles district schools to receive naloxone
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will make overdose reversal drug naloxone available in its public schools (K-12) following recent student fentanyl overdoses. On Thursday, the superintendent for the country's second-largest school district, Alberto Carvalho, announced the deployment of naloxone, stating all schools will receive the medicine in the coming weeks at no cost to them or the district.
US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan arrives in South Korea for joint military drills
On Friday, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan ahead of the two countries' joint military exercise. The joint drills will be the first involving a US aircraft carrier in the region since 2017.
Amtrak pledges net-zero greenhouse emissions
Amtrak aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its network by 2025. Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner stated, "With new equipment, modernized stations and net zero emissions, Amtrak can lead the drive toward sustainable transportation throughout the nation."
US court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago classified documents
A federal appeals court has lifted a judge's hold on the Justice Department's ability to use classified records seized from former President Donald Trump's Florida estate. The decision removes an obstacle that could have delayed the investigation into the storage of the documents.
Iran restricts internet use amid protests over Amini’s death
Iran's Morality Police arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 14th after accusing her of a dress-code violation related to an "improper hijab." Amini died on September 16th while in custody after allegedly falling victim to police brutality, triggering widespread protests in Iran.
Fugitive in US Navy bribery case arrested in Venezuela
On Wednesday, authorities said they had arrested Leonard Glenn Francis - nicknamed "Fat Leonard" - a Malaysian defense contractor who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in US Navy history. In 2015, Francis pleaded guilty to offering prostitution services, luxury hotels, cigars, and over $500,000 in bribes to US Navy officials and others to help Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., his Singapore-based ship servicing company.
Massive Tesla recall over faulty window reversal system
Tesla has announced the recall of over 1 million cars in the US. Recall documents released Thursday stated, "If a window is closing and detects an obstruction, the condition may increase the risk of a pinching injury to the occupant."
Britain lifts ban on fracking in move to strengthen energy supply
Britain has officially lifted a ban on fracking for shale gas in order to strengthen the country's energy supply. The UK government commented on the decision to lift the moratorium, "This will enable developers to seek planning permission where there is local support, which could get gas flowing in as soon as six months."