Welcome back to school, Nova Nation! It’s been a crazy syllabus week, but it’s been a crazy news week too. So in case you missed it, here’s a weekly roundup of what went on this week:

1. The Republican National Convention

Mitt Romney now has the official nomination of the Republican Party. The convention was a big deal, and Ann Romney was a huge part of it, making Mitt out to be a “real person” – something he’s struggled to do so far, bringing down his appeal for female voters. NJ governor Chris Christie got a lot of flack for his speech, in which he barely mentioned Romney at all, and Clint Eastwood just had a weird speech, period. All in all, it looks like the GOP is finally excited about Mitt Romney.

2. Weird Weather

Okay, if you haven’t heard about Hurricane Isaac, then you might as well be living under a rock. New Orleans is facing serious concerns of their flood blocking system failing, and the hurricane has already left death and a lot of destruction in its wake. The other side of the globe has been having weather issues, too – a 7.6 earthquake hit off the Philippines, triggering tsunami warnings.

3. Trouble in Afghanistan

The U.S. military has stopped training Afghan militias after a string of attacks by the Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies. So far, the training has been suspended for at least a month so that the vetting of new troops can be redone.

4. NFL Refs

If you’ve been watching preseason NFL or even just SportsCenter, then you know about the NFL replacement refs are awful. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if negotiations with the NFL and the NFLRA are going anywhere at all, and the refs will still be on strike for the opening of regular season.

5. No Peace in the Middle East

About 5,000 people were killed in Syria during the month of August, according to activists. A double blast hit an army post in Damascus, and the civilian fighters continue to make home made weapons in order to fight the Syrian army – basically, the civil war rages on, pushing waves of Syrians into Jordanian camps. Violence is also occurring in Yemen. Military officials say that an airstrike hit a vehicle containing suspected militants, killing eight. A Yemeni official said the attack – the third this week – was carried out by a U.S. drone.

There you have it – a quick weekly update on what’s been going on in the world.

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