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The Daily Brief: Over 30 killed in deadly car bombing in Logar Province of Afghanistan

Story Headline: Attack by unknown party is purportedly tied to US troop withdrawal

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Over 30 killed in deadly car bombing in Logar Province of Afghanistan

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  • A suicide truck bombing killed over 30 people and injured at least 90 more in the Logar Province of Afghanistan on Friday.
  • Among the dead were high school students, preparing for exams.
  • The attack occurred around sunset, when many were breaking their Ramadan fasts.
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Violence has been on the uptick since US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of troops by September 11, 2021. 
  • The Taliban were angered by the September date, as the previous US administration had pledged to remove troops by May 1.
  • The explosion caused damage to area buildings, including residences and hospitals.

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Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Enter a Ceasefire After Uncontrolled Border Clashes

  • Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan call a ceasefire after border disputes escalate to some of the worst seen in years.
  • With more than a third of the border being disputed the two countries implemented a complete ceasefire at 8pm local time.
  • Control of water facilities in areas claimed by both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are said to be the root of recent clashes.
  • With 31 people dead and roughly 10,000 evacuated from disputed areas, nearby countries of Russia and Uzbekistan began to monitor the conflict and call for resolution.
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The US Restricts Travel From India as the Secondwave of COVID-19 Devastates the Subcontinent 

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  • Pyres are continuously burning in India, Jitender Singh Shunty, head of the Seemapuri crematorium in eastern New Delhi states “Before the pandemic, we used to cremate eight to 10 people now, we are cremating 100 to 120 a day.”
  • With 380,000 new infections and 3,600 deaths a day, India is being devastated from the second wave of Covid-19.
  • The United States has responded to the crisis by announcing their intentions to send supplies including much needed oxygen to India as well as restricting travel from India beginning Tuesday.
  • Many Indian citizens are upset at how the government has handled the pandemic, Barkha Dutt, an Indian columnist, states “I’m speaking as an angry Indian who feels betrayed at the callousness and the tone deafness and the complete denial I continue to see around, we have been failed by policymakers, by politicians. We’ve been failed by the government that did not think to put in place a contingency plan for the second wave.”
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45 Killed During Religious Festival in Israel

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  • A stampede at the Lag B’Omer religious festival at Mount Meron, Israel, has killed 45 people and left over 140 injured. 
  • The event which was allowed to proceed under country mandates occurs yearly at the burial site of Rabbi Shlmon Bar Yochai to pay homage through dance, music, and lit fires. 
  • With over 100,000 attendees, reports reveal that an overcrowded narrow passageway caused people to fall, ensuing a “human avalanche” where adults and children were pressed together and suffocated. 
  • Among those injured were United States Citizens. Secretary of State Tony Blinken issued a statement with Israeli counterpart, stating, their “heartfelt condolences for the lives lost,” and “extended… wishes for those injured to recover quickly.”

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EU Opens Antitrust Charges Against Apple Over Music Streaming Complaints

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  • This Friday, the European Union (EU) accused tech giant Apple for “abuse[ing] its dominant position” by exercising “considerable market power in the distribution of music streaming apps to owners of Apple devices,” as stated by EU spokeswoman Margrethe Vestager. 
  • Following the 2019 antitrust investigation which The European Commission set into action after license complaints by audio streaming service Spotify, issues were still taken up based on how the company has an unfair “dominant position in the market for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store.”
  • More antitrust charges are currently being issued. Apple has 12 weeks to respond to the specific complaints surrounding music streaming, while more investigations are beginning on different areas of the company. 
  • If found guilty, Apple faces a fine of up to 10% of it’s annual revenue. Responding to the allegations, Apple stated that the EU want[s] all the benefits of the App Store but don’t think they should have to pay anything for that. The Commission’s argument on Spotify’s behalf is the opposite of fair competition.” 

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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