Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 9.13.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Understandable urgency at the U.N.: “As the United Nations General Assembly converges in New York on Tuesday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is using the gathering of world leaders to rush the 2015 Paris climate change accord into legal force this year, hoping to bind all countries to its strictures for at least the next four years – regardless of the outcome of the presidential election in the United States.”
 
* On a related note: “Last month the world endured the hottest August ever recorded, according to NASA. It marked the 11th straight month, dating back to October 2015, of record-high monthly temperatures, and pushed 2016 closer to becoming the third straight year of record-setting global warmth. August also tied with July as the hottest of any month ever recorded.”
 
* Germany: “Three Syrians who entered Germany as migrants have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State and may have had links to those who carried out the Paris terrorist attacks last year, the authorities said on Tuesday.”
 
* Confirmation: “The Pentagon said Monday it has confirmed that a U.S. airstrike killed ISIS’ second-in-command, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, despite Russia’s insistence last month that it was one of its planes that killed him.”
 
* This is worth keeping an eye on: “The Pentagon and intelligence community are expected to recommend soon to President Obama that he break up the joint leadership of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command to create two distinct forces for electronic espionage and cyberwarfare.”
 
* ISIS: “The flow of foreign fighters to the ranks of the Islamic State – once a mighty current of thousands of radicalized men and women converging on Syrian and Iraqi battlefields from nations across the globe – has been cut to a trickle this year as the group’s territory has shrunk and its ambitions have withered.”
 
* The Tennessee House today “voted to expel state Rep. Jeremy Durham (R), two months after a damning report detailed numerous women’s accounts of Durham’s sexual harassment and inappropriate contact. The state house voted 70-2 to expel Durham in a special legislative session, The Tennessean reported.”
 
* Quite a story: “Anticipating the unexpected is a way of life for sailors aboard a deployed aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. But few would have anticipated a baby. Fortunately, the same training that allows USS Dwight D. Eisenhower sailors to adapt to a variety of scenarios allowed the ship’s medical department – with practioners trained in child birth and newborn care – to successfully deliver a baby in the middle of deployment.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 9.13.16