The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Rousseff removed from office:  In a historic vote, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office on corruption charges Wednesday by the Brazilian Senate.  Michel Temer succeed Rousseff and was sworn in following her conviction.

The senate vote was 60-20.

The former Marxist guerrilla’s removal from office ends months of political paralysis in a nation besieged with economic chaos, inflation and massive unemployment.

Following her conviction, Rousseff appealed to the Brazilian Supreme Court for an injunction on the Senate ruling, but no decision from the judicial body has been issued.

U.S., India conclude military pact:  Agreed in principle in April, the U.S. and Indian signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) Aug. 31, an agreement designed to bolster an American military presence in southwest Asia.

Under the agreement, both nations are allowed the use of military bases for re-supply and during humanitarian missions.

Prior to the agreement, formal requests were necessary to gain access to military instillation, often requiring exhaustive, lengthy review.  Similarly under the agreement, no troops are to be deployed on any military facility by either nation.

Iran deploys Russian-made missiles at nuclear plant:  Following the May deployment of Russian-made S-300 missiles at Khatam al-Anbia air base, Iran has installed a second shipment of the air-defense system at its Fordow nuclear research facility.

The location was once used to enrich uranium prior to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the P5+1 agreement with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iran claims it has not enriched uranium at the facility since January.

Suicide bomber kills 54 in Yemen:  A car packed with explosives driven into a complex manned by Yemeni militia loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden, Yemen, exploded and killed 54 people on Monday.

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Yemeni officials suspect they target was selected for the reason the premises are a known recruitment facility where Popular Committees, a militia loyal to Hadi, were assembling for breakfast.

SE Asian groundwater determined contaminated:  According to conclusions drawn by researchers and appearing in Nature Geoscience, 60 percent of groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic Basin is neither drinkable nor worthy as a source for irrigation.

Over 750 million people from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal draw water from the Indo-Gangetic Basin.

Researchers say the water contains high levels of salt and arsenic.  Although salt and arsenic are natural and appear in water, the study concluded the high salinity and arsenic levels were likely the result of poor irrigation and substandard drainage.


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