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World mourns Duke of Edinburgh, longest serving spouse in the history of the monarchy

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  • Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died yesterday at age 99 at Windsor Place in England.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh was married to the Queen for nearly 74 years.
  • Nephew to WWII Naval War Officer Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip fought in WWII.
  • Leaders from around the world have issued words of condolence for Her Majesty’s loss, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Prince Philip was born in Greece and sixth in line to the Greek throne.
  • The flag at Buckingham Palace was at half mast to honor Prince Philip.
  • Prince Philip leaves a legacy of four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Boeing Co. Grounds Over 730 Flights

  • The Aerospace company Boeing grounded over 730 flights this Thursday due to an electrical flaw, forcing the cancellation of flights across 16 different airlines.  
  • The United States Federal Aviation Administration released a statement about how this “could affect the operation of a backup power control unit,” ensuring that “the issue is addressed” amongst different airlines and manufacturers. 
  • Boeing hasn’t released a statement or a definite time before all repairs are made. American operations chief David Seymour stated that they “traced the issue to a production change made in the installation process that occurred after our last aircraft was delivered before the fleet grounding in March 2019, which means 24 of our 737 Max aircraft are not affected by this issue.”
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Ingenuity: The First Flight on Mars

  • The Mars helicopter named Ingenuity, which landed with fellow Rover Perseverance on February 18th, prepares to make history as the first guided flight on another planet. 
  • Takeoff is projected to occur just after April 11th and to last 90 seconds at 10 feet over the Red Planet, with support from the helicopters longer blades “from tip to tip and wider across” in comparison to a helicopter flown on Earth, according to Ben Pipenberg, an engineer at AeroVironment. 
  • Ingenuity is equipped with an array of defenses against anything preventing it’s flight, and even a camera to take photos. This flight will hopefully be the start of many to come, and eventually provide data for aircrafts to set foot on Mars in the future. 
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Attacks In Mozambique Leave 12 People Beheaded

  • The Palma conflict in Mozambique has displaced more than 700,000 people during the last month.
  • Al-Shabab, an armed group rooted in the Cabo Delgado province, has increased the number and sophistication of their attacks.
  • More than 2,500 lives have been lost as young women and children have been abducted and civilians have been beheaded.
  • In the most recent attack 12 people were found beheaded and were suspected to be of white nationality.
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Amazon Warehouse In Bessemer, Alabama Leans Towards Not Unionizing

  • The fight to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama nears its end as a majority of votes oppose the unionizing.
  • The National Labor Relations Board reported 1,798 votes opposing the move, while 738 votes were cast with hopes of Bessemer becoming home to the first unionized Amazon facility in the United States.
  • Joshua Freeman, professor emeritus of labour history at Queens College at the City University of New York, said “Most unions don’t go to a union election unless they have a pretty big basis to think they’re in the ballpark. And either a lot of minds were changed, or the union misunderstood the situation when they filed for an election.”
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Hungary Announces State of Emergency Due to War in Ukraine

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  • Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has officially declared a new state of emergency for Hungary in a Facebook video that was posted on Tuesday. Orban stated that the war in Ukraine poses “a constant threat to Hungary” and that the state of emergency would allow the Hungarian government to respond more efficiently to difficulties that arise due to the war.
  • The state of emergency will allow the Hungarian government to pass laws without the involvement of the Parliament and will offer them the opportunity to temporarily digress from existing laws. This is the third state of emergency that Orban has passed while in office. Previously, Hungary dealt with a state of emergency due to the European refugee crisis as well as one declared due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Emese Pasztor of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union criticizes Orban and his government stating that another introduction of a special legal order “will become the new normal, which will threaten the fundamental rights of all us, and rule by decree will further diminish the importance of the Parliament.”
  • A few have criticized the introduction of another special legal order stating that it makes Orban’s government too powerful considering that his party, the Fidesz party, already holds a two-thirds majority in the Parliament. Orban has stated in the Facebook video that the first measures will be announced on Wednesday. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Samar is a UC San Diego graduate with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. In addition to her passion for research and writing in relation to current events, she also utilizes her skills in areas such as digital marketing. Furthermore, she is deeply interested in positions that involve oral communication skills such as leadership roles and public speaking.

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Iraqi Citizen Arrested in Plot to Assassinate Former President George W. Bush

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  • An Iraqi citizen living in the U.S. has been arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on Tuesday after he told a confidential FBI source that he had plans to assassinate former President George W. Bush. 
  • Shihab Ahmed Shihab shared that he had plans to smuggle four former Baath party members into the U.S. where the men would obtain firearms for carrying out their assassination on the former president. The assassination plot was meant to be a retaliation against Bush for his connection to the 2003 invasion of Iraq which killed many Iraqis.
  • Shihab first entered the US in September of 2020 on a visitor visa that the FBI Affidavit stated was obtained through “a corrupt Iraqi American contractor at the U.S. embassy.” He worked various jobs in Indiana and Ohio and traveled to Dallas in February to survey the neighborhood and home of the former president. 
  • A spokesperson for Bush shared that the former president “has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities.” Shihab is charged with aiding and abetting a plot to murder a former U.S. official and with attempting to bring an individual into the country illegally. He awaits his hearing on Friday.

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Samar is a UC San Diego graduate with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. In addition to her passion for research and writing in relation to current events, she also utilizes her skills in areas such as digital marketing. Furthermore, she is deeply interested in positions that involve oral communication skills such as leadership roles and public speaking.

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18 Year Old Massacres 14 Elementary Students and a Teacher in Texas

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  • Salvador Ramos, an 18 year old, entered Robb elementary School in Uvalde, Texas with a handgun and shot dead 14 children and a teacher before being taken down by an officer. 
  • The incident occurred at 11:32 am on Tuesday May 24th, 2022. Two reporting officers have also been injured trying to capture the shooter. Ramos has been reported dead as well.  
  • Ramos had also killed his grandmother right before driving to the elementary school. 
  • Investigation is still taking place as the school is trying to make sure all the other students are accounted for and handed off to their parents safely. 
  • President Biden is to speak on the school shooting this evening. Just this year, 2022, alone, there have been 27 school shooting incidents in the United States thus far. 

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Starbucks Leaves Russia After 15 Years

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  • Starbucks is leaving Russia and closing its 130 locations after fifteen years of operating there. McDonalds, Exxon Mobil and other companies made similar moves in recent weeks.
  • Starbucks will pay its estimated 2,000 employees for the next six months, while also helping them find new jobs. The company has not disclosed the financial impact of these actions.
  • The decision to leave Russia was made in March, with the CEO at the time, Kevin Johnson, stating that the company condems “the horrific attacks on Ukraine by Russia and our hearts go out to all those affected.”
  • The US placed many economic sanctions on Russia after they invaded Ukraine, some of which make it more difficult for western companies to operate there.

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Biden Agrees to Militarily Defend Taiwan

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  • While visiting Japan, US President Joe Biden stated that the United States would militarily intervene if China were to attack Taiwan, while also drawing a parallel to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
  • Under the “One China” policy, the US acknowledges that Taiwan is a part of China, however, this is one of the most direct statements made by a US president regarding the repercussions if an invasion were to take place.
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction” to Biden’s comments, stating that “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests.”
  • The US does not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but provides weapons to the island, while also maintaining formal ties with China.

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Over a Million Homes Without Power Due to Severe Storm in Canada

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  • A powerful thunderstorm in Southern Canada caused over 900,00 homes to lose power. Ontario’s power company Hydro One claims it would take several days to reconnect every home. 
  • The strong winds of the storm destroyed trees, disrupted traffic, damaged homes, and saw emergency services swarmed with calls for help. 
  • Among the casualties are four people who were killed by falling trees as well as a woman who died due to a boat capsizing in the Ottawa River.
  • Firefighters and utility workers removed tangled power lines and phone poles in media circulating in Canada. The town of Uxbridge, which lies just north of Toronto, declared a state of emergency as the storm left “significant damage in its wake.”

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