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Story Headline: Illegal Israeli Settlers Fired Rubber-Tipped Bullets At The West Bank Village of Jaloud Causing Damage To Villagers And Property

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Palestinian Village Attacked By Israeli Settlement Group After West Bank Shooting

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  • According to reports by Palestinian officials and Israeli rights groups Israeli settlers hurled stones and shot rubber-tipped bullets at the Palestinian village of Jaloud in occupied West Bank.
  • The settlers also set brush fires, broke the windows of cars, and injured several village members.
  • The attack appears to be an act of revenge after 3 Israelis were wounded, one critically, in a drive-by at a nearby traffic junction. 
  • Video footage reveals dozens of Israeli settlers attacking the villagers. Palestinian authorities have also reported that 4 villagers were wounded by rubber-tipped bullets and 2 cars had their windows smashed in.
  • 11 Palestinians were detained in the attack by Israeli Defense Forces. The Defense Forces also stated that “a number of locations were ignited” in the village by the attacks.
  • Lior Amihai, executive director of human rights group Yesh Din stated that “instead of arresting the Israeli rioters and providing Palestinians with protection, the army uses the most violent of settlers as a militia group aimed at constantly terrorizing Palestinians.”
  • The attacks are the latest in the violence between Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.
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Digital Dollar Project Set to Launch in the US With Hopes of Forming a Digital US Currency

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  • The Digital Dollar Project announced on Monday will include five pilot programmes which will test the possibility of introducing a digital currency to the US central bank.
  • Accenture Plc will fund the private-sector pilots which will generate data to eventually make a CBDC (central bank digital currency), the electronic equivalent of banknotes and coins.
  • The US Federal Reserve is also working with MIT (Massachusetts Institution of Technology) to build a technology platform that will work with the digital currency system.
  • David Treat, a senior managing director at Accenture, reminds that the digital currency is “not a panacea for all money, we will be using physical cash and coin for some time.”
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G7 Leaders Meet In-Person For the First Time Since 2019

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  • The UK is currently holding the first in-person G7 summit since the beginning of the pandemic in 2019.
  • The US pushed a message of multilateralism after a tumultuous four years of Trump era diplomacy that alarmed many Western allies.
  • The summit also set the stage for talks about climate change and the ongoing battle with Covid-19.
  • British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in regards to the alliance “I do see the increasing demand and need for agile clusters of like-minded countries that share the same values and want to protect the multilateral system, we can see a shift towards that pattern of clusters of like-minded countries agile enough to work together.”
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Syria Court Approves Three Candidates for Presidential Election

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  • Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court approved three of 51 applicants to be candidates in the upcoming presidential election, one of them being current President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Al-Assad has been president for twenty one years, and is widely expected to win. The other two candidates are Abdullah Salloum Abdullah and Mahmoud Ahmad Marie.
  • Many Western countries don’t accept the legitimacy of the election. Syria has only held two presidential elections since the beginning of its civil war in 2011.
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French Prosecutors Call to Close Rwandan Genocide Case

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  • French prosecutors stated there is not sufficient grounds for a trial in the fifteen year long court case regarding France’s role during the Rwandan Genocide. 
  • Prosecutors stated that there was not enough evidence that French troops enabled or were actively involved the gencocide and crimes against humanity.
  • Last month, a report published from Rwanda stated that France had a large role in allowing the genocide. This report followed one from France that stated they did not do enough to stop the genocide, but denied complicity in the killings.
  • The Rwandan Genocide occured in 1994 for three months, with around 800,000 deaths at the hands of Hutu-led forces against the Tutsi minority and moderate Hutus.
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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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