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Syrian Cease-Fire, Hillary Clinton, and the iPhone 7: The Week in Review

The Syrian army has implemented a temporary cease-fire while Hillary Clinton's health falters. The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is commemorated, NYFW begins, and the iPhone 7 is officially announced.

We get it, Wednesdays can be tough to get through. In an effort to keep up with the world’s ever-changing news landscape, we’ve put together the top 10 headlines from the week so you can stay on top of things.

1. David Cameron resigns

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down from his position as a Member of Parliament. Cameron’s announcement came after numerous arguments with current Prime Minister Theresa May over grammar school policies.

Cameron stated that he did not wish to become a “distraction” in parliament and explained, “In my view, the circumstances of my resignation as Prime Minister and the realities of modern politics make it very difficult to continue on the back benches without the risk of becoming a diversion to the important decisions that lie ahead for my successor in Downing Street and the Government.”

Cameron resigned as Prime Minister this past June during the Brexit decision where UK voters decided to leave the European Union.

2. Temporary cease-fire brokered for Syria

After some of the worst bombings of the Syrian war ravaged Aleppo this week, the Syrian army has implemented a temporary ceasefire. Beginning, fortunately, with the start of Eid al-Adha, the ceasefire will be reevaluated every 48 hours. In the meantime, humanitarian groups plan to deliver resources to Aleppo and other effected areas. So far, human rights organizations report that both the Syrian army and rebel groups are following the terms of the ceasefire.

US and Russian politicians negotiated the truce on Friday in Geneva after months of debate. The terms of the ceasefire require that all attacks stop except those against the Islamic State, and that both sides allow humanitarians to aid civilian populations. If the ceasefire lasts seven days the US and Russia will move to target ISIS together.

3. Hillary Clinton shows signs of faltering health

Hillary Clinton’s health made headlines when the presidential candidate was spotted appearing to stumble as she left a 9/11 memorial service. Her campaign released statements saying that she had felt “overheated” and left to cool off at her daughter’s New York apartment.

Hours later, Clinton’s campaign revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia. In press statements, Clinton has reiterated that she is in good health and recovering quickly. However, conservative media and politicians have raised questions about Clinton’s transparency and overall health, as she could tie with Ronald Reagan for eldest President should she be elected in November.

Clinton continues to rest at home and plans to attend her scheduled campaign events through video-conference over the next few days.

4. North Korea conducts its 5th successful nuclear test

South Korea noticed abnormal seismic activity this past Friday hours before its northern neighbor announced that it had conducted its fifth nuclear test. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the seismic activity as an “explosion” about 12 miles outside of Sungijabaegam, North Korea.

North Korea has been conducting nuclear weapons tests throughout Kim Jong Un’s regime and Friday’s test marks the second in the last eight months. The test raises concerns that the isolated and extremist state may be approaching the ability to launch nuclear attacks.

5. Apple introduces the iPhone 7








Apple stores across the nation have been packed full of customers this week since the company released the iPhone 7 last Wednesday, September 7. The new iPhone model features a dual-camera system, a thinner and sleeker body, water- and dust-resistant design, and no headphone jack. The new, water-resistant phone can be submerged up to one meter for half-an-hour before experiencing any problems. Yet, iPhone buyers have reacted most to the wireless headphones system: asking questions about dongles, the irrelevance of old earbuds, and the ever-advancing pace of technology.

6. 15 years later, people remember the September 11, 2001 attacks

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The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was remembered at large ceremonies at two of the attack sites. In New York City, the National September 11 Memorial Plaza (built in the spot where the Twin Towers once stood) was filled with 8,000 people, including presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. At the Pentagon, President Obama gave his last address to remember the 184 people who died there in another hijacking.

In connection with Islamophobic rhetoric, the anniversary this year set off an increased number of Anti-Muslim hate crimes. Although the day of remembrance became politicized in more ways than one, millions spent the day grieving those killed.

7.  North Dakota pipeline construction has been put on hold


After months of peaceful protest, protesters were given a temporary relief when the federal government stepped in to prevent continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Sept. 9 injunction will prevent further construction until a “serious discussion” can take place.

The DAPL’s mass criticism comes on the grounds that the 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline would create danger for the Standing Rock Sioux people. Construction risks contaminating the Standing Rock Sioux’s water supply and destroying the land that is culturally and rightfully theirs. The pipeline is also a huge obstacle on the road to climate safety. This has been the biggest protest against a fossil fuel structure.

8. New York Fashion Week has arrived


Kicking it off with Kanye and the Yeezy Season 4 line, New York Fashion Week showcased a wide variety of designers. From folks who just entered the fashion industry to people who’ve designed for Beyoncé, the designs took on an equally wide variety of themes. Making headlines were the returns of old styles of Chinese slippers.

What grabbed the most eyes was the diversity among models – to name a few, Indian designer Archana Kochhar hired Reshma Qureshi as a model. Qureshi survived an acid attack in 2014, after which she had permanent scarring to her face. Additionally, designed Anniesa Hasibuan‘s models were all decked in modest gear – a new milestone for hijabi fashion.

9. Taking a knee: Colin Kaepernick sets an example across NFL teams

Thearon W. Henderson for Getty Images
Thearon W. Henderson for Getty Images

After a series of preseason games where Colin Kaepernick was criticized by media and his teammates alike for not standing for the national anthem, he continues to do so unapologetically as an act of protest. Despite the negativity that has pervaded the reception of Kaepernick’s decision, some players have joined him and been penalized, and others have joined him and been supported by higher-ups.

Of the Miami Dolphins, 4 players knelt for the anthem instead of standing at the first season game on Sunday. The team’s owner, Steve Ross, stated publicly after their game, “These guys are making a conversation about something that’s a very important topic in this country. I’m 100 percent in support of them.”

10. The world lost trans activist Alexis Arquette


Alexis Arquette, one of the four acting Arquette siblings, passed away on September 11, reportedly from AIDS-related complications. Surrounded by their family, Alexis spent their final moments listening to David Bowie and telling their family about the next dimension, where there was only one gender.

Alexis was a transgender activist for most of their life, having announced their intention to transition in the mid-’90s. They refused to play roles that were written to be degrading or stereotypical of people who identify as LGBTQ. Alexis’ greatest legacy is the visibility that they brought to the trans community in the US through media & entertainment.

Until next week: