The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Tanzania earthquake kills 13:  Striking near the Ugandan-Rwandan border, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake ruptured northern Tanzania on early Sunday morning.  Initial reports say the Tanzanian city of Bukoba was hardest hit.  A city of over 70,000, 13 were killed and over 200 injured.

Earthquakes are extremely rare in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley; however, an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck Tanzania last in 2007 in the same area and sent tremors over 60 miles away.

Israel constructs underground wall at Gaza fringe:  Aiming to thwart Hamas terrorists from using an elaborate tunnel system Israel says is used to move weapons into Israel, the Israeli government has quietly started construction on what will be a 60 kilometer wall dividing Israel from the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip.

Approved in July, the $530 million venture is expected to be over 60 meters deep.

Anonymous Israeli sources confirmed to AP construction began in August.

Syrian opposition presents transition plan:  Days before the Russian Federation and the United States agreed on a tentative Syrian ceasefire, the the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the group representing a bulk of armed groups opposed to Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, have revealed their proposal to bring a peaceful solution to the Syrian civil war and for Assad’s exit from power.

According to the HNC’s plan, a six-month period set aside for talks would occur simultaneous with a cessation of hostilities.  A coalition would accept power from Assad and rule for an 18-month interim for the purpose of organizing free elections while a new constitution is drafted.

Syrian Deputy-Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad dismissed the proposal as “crazy” and told BBC that Mr. Assad will not step aside.

UK to pay for, build wall at Calais:  At a cost of £2 million, the British government is set to construct a wall at the port of Calais to prevent migrants from illegally entering the UK.

Projected to be four meters high, the wall will replace an existing fence along a half-mile expanse at the approach to the Calais port.  Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced the initiative to the House of Commons on Tuesday as part of a £17 million collaboration with the French government.

Built of smooth concrete, the wall is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Ex-El Salvador president granted asylum in Nicaragua:  Facing charges stemming from unaccounted funds exceeding $700,000 in accounts registered in his name and the possibility of being implicated in political corruption, former El Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes has been granted political asylum in neighboring Nicaragua.  Funes has denied all wrongdoing.

Funes applied for asylum on Sept. 1 and was granted sanctuary by Managua five days later.

A former member of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party, Funes served as president of El Salvador from 2009-2014.


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