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US officials declared the first-ever federal water shortage on Monday, from a river that serves 40 million people in the West, triggering cuts to some Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico farmers next year amid a gripping drought.

Water levels at the largest reservoir on the Colorado River – Lake Mead – have fallen to record lows.

Along its perimeter, a white ‘bathtub ring’ of minerals outlines where the high water line once stood, underscoring the acute water challenges for a region facing a growing population and a drought that is being worsened by hotter, drier weather brought on by climate change.

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Lake Mead supplies water to millions of people in Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico.

Arizona will be hardest hit and lose 18 percent of its share from the river next year, or 512,000 acre-feet of water. That’s around eight percent of the state’s total water use.

An acre-foot is enough water to supply one to two households a year.

United States Declares First Ever Water Shortage

Nevada will lose about seven percent of its allocation, or 21,000 acre-feet of water. But it will not feel the shortage largely because of conservation efforts.

California is spared from immediate cuts because it has more senior water rights than Arizona and Nevada.

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Mexico will see a reduction of roughly five percent, or 80,000 acre-feet.

States, cities, farmers and others have diversified their water sources over the years, helping soften the blow of the upcoming cuts.

However, federal officials said Monday’s declaration makes it clear that conditions have intensified faster than scientists predicted in 2019, when some states in the Colorado River basin agreed to give up shares of water to maintain levels at Lake Mead.

‘The announcement today is a recognition that the hydrology that was planned for years ago – but we hoped we would never see – is here,’ said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton.

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Lake Mead was formed by building the Hoover Dam in the 1930s.

It is one of several man-made reservoirs that store water from the Colorado River, which supplies household water, irrigation for farms and hydropower to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and parts of Mexico.

But water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the river’s two largest reservoirs, have been falling for years and faster than experts predicted.

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‘Chadian soldiers sell arms when broke’ — Nigerian navy laments arms proliferation

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The Nigerian navy says some neighbouring countries do not have armouries, making it difficult for Nigeria to fight arms proliferation.

Awwal Gambo, chief of naval staff, who was represented by Jemila Sadiq Abubakar, a commodore, spoke on Monday at a public hearing organised by the house of representatives committee on national security and intelligence on the consideration of four security bills.

‘Chadian soldiers sell arms when broke’ — Nigerian navy laments arms proliferation

While making a contribution to the bill seeking to establish a national commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, Abubakar said the weapons donated by developed countries to neighbouring nations are “compounding” Nigeria’s security challenges.

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She said the lack of armouries in some of the neighbouring countries makes arms available to their security operatives who in turn sell it off when they are “broke”.

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Mali may push back presidential and legislative elections from late February to avoid their validity being contested, the country’s prime minister, Choguel Maiga, handling a post-coup transition has said.

Mali’s progress back to democracy following the August 2020 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is being closely monitored in a region that has experienced four coups in 13 months, two of them in Mali.

Under pressure from the Economic Community of West African States, a regional bloc, Mali’s new military leaders agreed to an 18-month transition that would culminate with presidential and legislative elections on February 27, 2022.

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But in an interview with Radio France International and France24 on Sunday, Mali’s interim prime minister, Choguel Maiga, said that date could be postponed by “two weeks, two months, a few months.”

“[The electoral calendar] was based on the requirements of ECOWAS without asking what practical steps must be taken to get there.

“The main thing for us is less to stick to Feb. 27 than to hold elections that will not be contested,” Maiga said.

Mali may delay post-coup elections, says interim PM

Maiga said a final date would be determined by late October.

ECOWAS has not yet responded.

Last month the bloc said it would impose sanctions, including asset freezes, on anyone holding up preparations for Mali’s elections.

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Maiga also addressed reports that Mali is close to a deal with a Russian company, the Wagner Group, to hire private military contractors to help fight Islamist insurgents.

“We are at the stage of rumours and often even disinformation,” he said.

According to him, it will be announced as soon as Mali agrees on a deal with any country or partner.

“We will have no shame in making it public,” he said.

Diplomatic and security sources told Reuters Mali was close to a deal with the Wagner Group.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday the Malian authorities had turned to a private military company from Russia.

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The possibility of such a deal has triggered opposition from France, which has said the involvement of Russian military contractors was incompatible with a continued French presence in the West African state.

(Reuters/NAN)

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Michael Kovrig (left) and Michael Spavor (right), two Canadian citizens detained in China on espionage charges, have been released after nearly three years, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
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Two Canadians detained by China for nearly three years have been released, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday night.

Trudeau said Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor boarded a plane headed for Canada at about 7:30 p.m. ET Friday night and would land in Canada sometime Saturday.

“These two men have gone through an unbelievably difficult ordeal for the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by that,” said Trudeau at a late evening news conference in Ottawa.

Trudeau would not discuss details about how their release came about but he thanked Canadian
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been held in China since late 2018. They were arrested on espionage charges in China shortly after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US warrant related to the company’s business dealings in Iran. However, China has consistently denied that the cases were in any way connected.

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Earlier Friday, the United States Department of Justice and Meng reached an agreement to defer prosecution of US charges against her until late 2022, after which point the charges could be dropped.

China Releases Two Canadian Detained For Morethan 1000 Days

The US case centered on whether Meng misled HSBC bank about Huawei’s relationship with an Iranian subsidiary, Skycom, which the US alleges would have violated US sanctions against Iran.

Meng appeared virtually in a court in Brooklyn, New York, and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and wire fraud.

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However, as part of the deal, Meng confirmed the statement of facts in the deferred prosecution agreement are true. Those facts include that she misrepresented Huawei’s relationship with Skycom to HSBC, according to court documents. If she says or implies otherwise, it could violate the terms of the deal and result in her prosecution.
CNN affiliate CTV News says it has confirmed that Meng left Canada aboard a private jet Friday evening.

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