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Iranian protests spread
Protests spread to over 50 cities and towns as death tolls rise for a fifth day due to anger at the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Iranian Kurdistan, who was detained by the morality police in Tehran for not wearing her hijab ‘correctly’. Four people were reportedly killed in the last two days, bringing the total death toll to eight, including a member of the police and a pro-government militia member.
Over 1,300 arrested following Putin’s mobilisation announcement
President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War II, and crowds have took to the streets of Moscow to in a demonstration to protest the decision to call up 300,000 reserves to continue the invasion of Ukraine. Over 1,371 have been detained across 38 cities, with some being dealt with brutally.
Fine Gael remain firm favourite with Irish farmers
Data from an Ifac poll commissioned by the Irish Farmers Journal (IFJ) has revealed that Fine Gael remains the most popular political party among Irish farmers, with 37% of the surveyed IFJ subscribers and print readers revealing that they would give their first-preference vote to Fine Gael in a general election. Fianna Fáil received 23%, and Sinn Féin got 13%.
Jupiter will make its closest appearance in 59 years
Jupiter will make its closest approach to Earth in 59 years on Monday 26 September, rising in the eastern sky as the sun sets in the west, making the largest planet of our Solar System especially visible in the evening sky. Although Jupiter comes into opposition once every 13 months, the last time Jupiter was this close to Earth was in 1963.
Good news for the ozone layer
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research, the global concentrations of the harmful chemicals that damage the ozone layer have declined just over 50% in the mid-latitude stratosphere, to levels observed in 1980. The continued decline, NOAA scientists said, “shows the threat to the ozone layer receding below a significant milestone in 2022” and it may now have a chance to at least partially recover.