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The Daily Brief: Modi Loses Key State of West Bengal in Election

Story Headline: Rising COVID rates largely blamed for loss

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Modi Loses Key State of West Bengal in Election
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  • Incumbent Mamata Banerjee won the state of West Bengal in Sunday’s election, retaining her position as Chief Minister for a third term.
  • India Prime Minister Narendra Modi had campaigned heavily in West Bengal, with hope of claiming the state for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
  • West Bengal remains an elusive hold out for the BJP.
  • Modi, who has run on a largely pro Hindu platform, is accused of prioritizing the election over managing India’s rapidly growing COVID rates.
  • 3,689 people died on Sunday in India due to COVID, the highest daily rate ever for the nation.
  • According to some reports, hospitals are so overburdened in India that people are dying in the streets.
  • The country is suffering a severe oxygen shortage, with reports of people dying while gasping for air.

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Chad’s Military Announces Transitional Government and Lifts Curfew

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  • A transitional government has been named by Chad’s military rulers after shockwaves of the death of President Idrees Deby left the nation in crisis last month
  • Deby’s son Mahamat Idriss Deby has taken over the military council and promises to hold elections within 18 months
  • Opposition parties remain unimpressed with the new transfer of power, claiming it to be a military coup and came out in large protests last week demanding removal of military rule and instead having a transitional government led by a civilian president and military vice president
  • The new transitional government is led largely by ministers that held positions under Deby’s rule; Deby had allied with France and other international partners to fight Boko Haram and others linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

Space X Successfully Returns Astronauts from International Space Station

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  • Space X has successfully returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the second time astronauts have returned to Earth in a nighttime splashdown since the Apollo landing from the moon in 1968
  • The astronauts consisted of three American and one Japanese returning from a November NASA mission.
  • The Space X parachutes landed on the Panama river off the coast of Florida.

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El Salvador Faces International Criticism After Dismissing Top Supreme Court Judges

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  • The five top judges on the El Salvadorian supreme court were voted out Saturday by lawmakers aligned with President Nayib Bukele.
  • 64 out of the 84 seat legislation moved to remove the judges under evidence that was claimed to show the judges clearly impeding the government’s health strategy.
  • The motion was criticized internationally as many see it as a dangerous power grab on behalf of President Bukele and his Nuevas Ideas (New Ideas) party.
  • Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division, tweeted “Bukele is breaking with the rule of law and seeks to concentrate all power in his hands.”
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Top ISIS Member Captured by Turkish Police

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  • An Afghan national identified by the codename Basim, was captured by Turkish police after suspicions of being a top aide to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
  • In a joint effort of the Istanbul police and Turkish intelligence agency, Asim was detained on the Asian side of Istanbul Wednesday.
  • Basim is said to have conducted training for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, as well as been involved in hiding al-Baghdadi in Syria’s Idlib province in 2019.
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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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