Compiled by Nathan Whiteman
UNITED STATES and SAUDI ARABIA:
Newly declassified documents show connections between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terror attacks. The document cache includes Saudi flight school certificates and papers that connect the attackers to Saudi diplomatic and government officials.
Following the prosecution of comedian Jan Böhmermann in Germany for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Dutch Government is moving forward with a plan to abolish a similar law that prohibits insulting foreign leaders in the Netherlands. There, the maximum penalty is two years in prison.
A major coral reef system spanning 3,600 square miles has been discovered off the coast of Brazil and French Guiana. This surprised scientists who previously believed that river deltas make poor homes for coral reefs. There are, however, pre-existing plans to search for oil right on top of the newly discovered reefs.
Thousands of junior doctors in training have walked out of both routine and emergency care in a 48-hour medical strike, protesting the restructuring of hours that would lead to reduced benefits for working on undesirable hours such as weekends among other changes. Junior doctors make up one-third of all medical staff in the U.K., and the strike has lead to the cancellation of nearly 13,000 operations and 100,000 appointments.
Switzerland is mobilizing 2,000 soldiers at border crossings in anticipation of the arrival of 10,000 to 30,000 migrants. The government has said that it hopes that the soldiers are unnecessary, but it is preparing for extreme eventualities.