The World News You Missed Because of the U.S. Election – October 20, 2016

This is the second edition of our new MediaFile series. Every week the International section takes on the task of curating a list of five important world news stories that you may have missed this week because of news from the election cycle.

Russian bombing campaigns in Syria had a “humanitarian pause” in operations targeting Aleppo today. The main objective behind this break in airstrikes was to allow for the peaceful passage out of the war-torn city for civilians, the sick and wounded, as well as any fleeing Syrian fighters. After the ceasefire announcement, the European Union also shared speculations that the involvement by Syria and Russia may be found as international war crimes in the future. These charges could lead to the prosecution of many government officials and consequences implemented by the United Nations. To read more on the effect of Russian campaigns in Syria visit:

Syria war: Russia announces Aleppo humanitarian pause – BBC News

British bank NatWest is currently in talks to withdraw banking services to Russian supported news channel RT, this week. Though the Royal Bank of Scotland owns NatWest, there is no apparent evidence of their involvement in the decision. However, there remains to be controversy over whether the British government is influencing the bank’s decision to close RT’s accounts, due to recent discussions over possible sanctions on Russia after their continued bombing campaigns in Aleppo. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, is suggesting that this financial move is the British abandonment to their obligation to the freedom of speech. Follow the story at:

UK bank freezes Russian state-channel RT’s accounts

The United Nations warns that up to one million civilians could be displaced this week in the battle for Mosul, Iraq. As the Iraqi military attempts to retake the city from ISIS, locals in Mosul may be subjected to violence as human shields, gas victims, and be at risk of being casualties  in the cross-fire. This will be the biggest operation in Iraq since the American military withdrew in 2011, and could potentially be the most harmful campaign on ISIS yet. Read more about the possible humanitarian consequences of the battle of Mosul here:

1 million could be driven from homes by battle for ISIS-held Mosul

This week airports in the United Kingdom are offering an exchange rate of less than one euro to the pound. This trend is consistent with the recent crash of the British currency’s value after the referendum that decided the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Reports predict that Britain could lose up to 66 billion pounds in tax revenue each year if the economic disruption Brexit has created continues. You can read more on how Brexit is harming British travelers plans and the recent shift in the economy here:

The pound is now worth less than the euro at airports

This week in Canada the Ku Klux Klan has been advertising in local neighborhoods. The recent rise of this white supremacist group among civilians is inconsistent with Canada’s international reputation as a nation of acceptance, especially after recently admitting 30,000 Syrian refugees. This sentiment may be fed by anxiety over economic and social instability that some Canadians fear may be due to the constant immigration of Syrians that began last November. Hate crime tracking suggests that many are targeting Muslims, Jews, and visible Canadian minorities, especially in rural areas. Read more on the modern rise of the KKK in Canada here:

Canada not immune to right-wing extremism – BBC News

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Finally, CNN published raw aerial footage of Aleppo this week that we felt was a must see. To view the video showing the devastating destruction look at:

UN envoy in grave Aleppo warning

These are just a few of the many current affairs going on around the world, and if you have any suggestions regarding next week’s post, please tweet @MediaFileDC and let us know.

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