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The Daily Brief: 10 Mine Cleaning Workers Killed in Afghanistan After “Heinous” Attack

10 Mine Cleaning Workers Killed in Afghanistan After “Heinous” Attack

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  • Ten mine clearing workers were killed and sixteen wounded in Afghanistan after masked gunmen claiming to be a part of The Islamic State attacked the British-American sponsored charity, HALO-Trust. 
  • The attack took place on Tuesday evening in Baghlan, entering at around 9:50PM Local time, open firing on the 110 men working as volunteers after asking which among them were apart of the Hazara Muslim group. All those killed were Afghan citizens. 
  • The organization has been operating for over 10 years, pledging to dismantle explosives over Afghanistan which are the cause of thousands of deaths and injuries, and has reportedly made 80 percent of dangerous areas safe.  
  • This organization is one of many subject to an onslaught of attacks by the Islamic State targeting the minority Hazara group, as just last month a Hazara dominant school was targeted and over 80 people were killed.
  • Vice President Amrullah Saleh originally blamed the Taliban for wanting to “steal money and unexploded devices” which the group later denied. 
  • There has reportedly been an almost 30 percent increase in civilian casualties as the United States forces continue to pull out of Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s statement earlier this year as Taliban and government fighting heightens. 
  • The United Nations deputy Ramiz Alakbrov operating in Afghanistan called the attack a “heinous” crime and joined the ongoing call of strengthening civilian protection in the country. 

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/9/gunmen-kill-10-mine-clearing-workers-in-northern-afghanistan

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/10-killed-heinous-attack-mine-clearing-charity-afghanistan-n1270087

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/world/asia/afghanistan-land-mines-halo-trust.html

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United States Receives Second Statue of Liberty From France

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  • France gifted the United States another Statue of Liberty for the country’s upcoming Independence Day, coined as the “little sister.”
  • The gifted statue is reportedly 1/16th the size of the original at 992 pounds and 10 feet, exactly replicating it’s counterpart currently situated on Ellis Island, New York.
  • Oliver Ferran, general administrator at the National Museum of Arts and Crafts in France, released a statement about the statue’s significance: “Our friendship with the United States is very important, particularly at this moment. We have to conserve and defend our friendship.”

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Leaked Tax Returns Show The Richest American Pay Next to Nothing in Taxes

  • Website ProPublica claims to have seen the tax returns of some of the United States’ wealthiest individuals and states that they pay little to nothing in taxes.
  • Jesse Eisinger, senior reporter and editor at ProPublica, stated “We were pretty astonished that you could get [tax] down to zero if you were a multi-billionaire. Actually paying zero in tax really floored us. Ultra-wealthy people can sidestep the system in an entirely legal way.”
  • The wealthy are said to use loopholes such as large charitable donations and utilizing their investment income rather than their wage income to not only not pay taxes, but to also take huge tax deductions.
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has made it known that such a leak of confidential information is illegal and will be investigated. 
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Biden Visits Europe in an Attempt to Ease Strained Relations 

  • U.S. President Joe Biden is set to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth the Second, and the Group of Seven Leaders during his visit.
  • Promoted by Biden as the ‘means’ rather than the ‘end’ he states “This trip is about realizing America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners, and demonstrating the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age.”
  • Biden is expected to be met with mixed reactions as many world leaders are said to enjoy the change from prior President Donald Trump’s unconventional diplomacy, however many still are skeptical of maintaining agreements with the U.S. after numerous deals such as the Paris Climate Agreement and Iran Nuclear Deal were disturbed during the Trump Administration.
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UN Sets Goals to Reduce AIDS by 2030

  • The United Nations has announced its commitment to end AIDS by 2030, stating that the Covid-19 pandemic has created a larger barrier in treating AIDS worldwide.
  • Only four countries voted against the declaration that was passed: Russia, Nicaragua, Syria, and Belarus. Widespread awareness and resources are vital to combat the AIDS epidemic.
  • The declaration that was passed holds the UN accountable to abide by the eighteen page report on AIDS, which can drastically reduce infections if properly implemented.
  • The last UN meeting discussing AIDS in 2016 set goals related to H.I.V. infections and AIDS death to be met by 2020, but the member countries were unsuccessful in reaching those goals.
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Oil Prices Continue to Rise After Sanctions Said to Remain on Iran

  • After the US announced that it will be keeping many of the sanctions placed on Iran, oil prices still continued to rise this week, rising up to $72.83 a barrel.
  • Some economies have a strong fuel demand after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and there is an increase in cars on the road. One of those economies is the US, which is experiencing high vaccination rates, allowing for a high demand of drivers to get back on the road.
  • The US Energy Information Administration forecasted fuel consumption growth to be 1.49 million barrels per day (bpd). The OPEC+ has predicted that inventories will fall in the coming months, but has not made it clear whether supply restraints will remain for the rest of the year.
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The Daily Brief: Mr. Benette takes power for two years, ending Netanyahu’s 12 year rule

Mr. Benette takes power for two years, ending Netanyahu’s 12 year rule

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  • Israel’s parliament elected Naftali Benette, a right wing nationalist, as the Prime Minister of the nation. 
  • Naftali overtook Netanyau by one vote. Bennett will only remain the prime minister for two years and then Yair Lapid will replace him.
  • Palestinian fear that this change will not help with the peace negotaitions between Israelis and Palestinians. As Naftali’s agenda seems to be similar to Netanyahu’s.  
  • Naftali Benette vows to unite the nation and will focus his work on educational and healthcare reform. 

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As Peru’s Elections Near an End Pedro Castillo Appears to be in Line to be President 

  • As results come in Pedro Castillo, Peru’s left-wing candidate, leads aheads of right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori.
  • With a 50.15% support Castillo just barely makes it ahead of Fujimori as 18.8 million votes are counted.
  • Fujimori, daughter of the jailed 1990s president Alberto Fujimori, claims fraud in the ballet counts and refuses to concede; she also faces trial for an alleged money laundering scheme.
  • Arturo Maldonado, a political scientist at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, stated “This is a candidate who has everything to lose and is using these tricks to win in the tribunal what she couldn’t do on the pitch.”
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The United States Faces Large Scale Nutrition Insecurity

  • Food security which many policymakers would rather call nutrition security is a continuous access to affordable foods that promote well-being.
  • Despite producing an abundance of food America still experiences nutrition insecurity as an emphasis has been placed on providing a certain caloric amount of food rather than focusing on nutrient density.
  • Radha Muthiah, chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank, stated “In our region, hunger has existed in every Zip code even prior to the pandemic, but it has disproportionately affected people of color, women-headed households and younger people.”
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Christian Eriksen Survives Cardiac Arrest on the Field

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  • While playing against Finland in Euro 2021, Ericksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.
  • Cardiac resuscitation was needed to bring Ericksen back. He was taken to the hospital. 
  • Ericksen is stable now. He sent greetings to his team from the hospital.

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The Daily Brief: 7 Killed in Bomb Blast in Afghanistan

7 Killed in Bomb Blast in Afghanistan

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  • Seven people were killed and six wounded in Afghanistan after two minivans were hit in West Kabul, Afghanistan due to two seperate bombs. 
  • The bombs went off Saturday on the same road near a largely populated Hazara area. The type of bombs used was not made clear. 
  • Although no group has taken accountability for the blast, the Islamic State has targeted the minority Hazara group in the past, as the insurgency group has declared war against them.
  • Just last month a Hazara dominant school was targeted and over 80 people were killed and earlier this week 10 mine clearing workers were killed.
  • This same area was also subject to attacks by IS earlier this month after four minivans were attacked in a similar matter and killed 18. 
  • Civilian casualties in Afghanistan continue to rise while the United States forces continue to pull out of the country following President Joe Biden’s statement earlier this year. 
  • The Taliban has since taken control of 17 districts in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of troops. 

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Florida Schools Banned From Teaching Critical Race Theory

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  • On Thursday the Florida State Board of Education unanimously decided to ban critical race theory from being taught in classrooms.
  • Critical race theory is the idea that racism is systemically rooted in American society and has historically contributed to prejudice against people of color. 
  • Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis spearheaded the efforts to pass the amendment stating that critical race theory would teach children “the country is rotten and that our institutions are illegitimate.”
  • Florida is the latest state to ban critical race theory in schools following a Republican push to pass the amendment
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Saudi Arabia Tightens Hajj Restrictions Over Covid-19 Concerns

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  • Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that this year’s Hajj will be limited to 60,000 pilgrims, all from within the kingdom.
  • Foreigners will be barred from partaking in Hajj for the second year in a row due to health concerns related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Only adults aged 18 – 65 who have been vaccinated and selected by the kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry will be allowed to take part in the holy Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca.
  • Up to 2 million people typically perform Hajj each year, however the Covid-19 pandemic has severely limited the amount of participants as national guidelines hope to minimize the spread of the virus.
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New Exoplanet Believed to Have Water in its Atmosphere 

  • A planet outside our solar system has been suspected of having clouds with water. The name of the exoplanet is TOI-1231 b and was discovered by scientists at NASA.
  • Scientists were able to find the mass and radius of the exoplanet, and therefore its density. Because the density is low, it is assumed that the planet is not as rocky as Earth and more gaseous.
  • The temperature of the exoplanet is believed to be around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is far cooler than other planets. The temperature is another reason for believing the presence of water in the atmosphere.
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Russia and US Relationship at Low Point Prior to Summit

  • Russia has announced that their relationship with the United States is extremely low, and that only this summit would be able to repair it. The summit next week in Geneva, Switzerland allows Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden to meet.
  • The summit comes after the US placed sanctions on Russia in April regarding election meddling in 2020. Russia has also recalled the US ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, in March.
  • Putin recently praised former US President Donald Trump, but expressed hopes that President Biden would be less impulsive. President Biden says he plans to bring up a number of complaints against Russia at the summit.
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The Daily Brief: Joe Biden and Boris Johnson Meet Ahead of G7 Summit

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson Meet Ahead of G7 Summit

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  • On his first foreign trip since being sworn in as US President, Joe Biden has arrived in Carbis Bay, England, the site of the G7 Summit.
  • The G7 Summit is an international meeting between the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, the US, Italy, Japan and Canada to coordinate policy and discuss global issues.
  • US President Joe Biden met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the eve of the summit and they both agreed to a new Atlantic Charter pledging cooperation between the two countries on solving global issues.
  • Biden has stated that the Atlantic Charter will address “key challenges of this century – cyber security, emerging technologies, global health and climate change”.
  • Following the meeting Johnson also stated that there is “complete harmony” between the two leaders regarding Northern Ireland’s peace process and that the US, UK, and EU all want to protect the Good Friday Agreement.
  • The G7 Summit will be the first in-person meeting between the G7 leaders since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and much of the conversation is expected to be geared towards Covid vaccine distribution, climate change, and the ongoing disagreement between the UK and EU regarding post-Brexit border regulations.
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Hundreds Lost in Burkina Faso Massacre Exposing Sahel Crisis

  • Armed groups fatally attacked Solhan, a village of Burkina Faso overnight between June 4-5, killing at least 160 civilians including goldmine workers, residents, and shopkeepers as they traversed the village burning hospitals, shops, and homes. 
  • Analysts highlight the lack of security and increasing turmoil in the Sahel region of Africa, despite the presence of large numbers of international and regional troops – the use of violence and brutality is markedly intended to exacerbate the fragmentation and crisis of the area. 
  • President Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned the attacks as “barbaric” and “despicable” and – the nation followed three days of mourning following the attack. 
  • Thousands have fled the Solhan village out of fear from the attack largely without belongings or aid. 
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U.S. Inflation Prices Reach All Time High 

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  • Consumer prices in the U.S. have reached an all time high, increasing the most in 13 years as the country’s economy reels from the year-long pandemic. 
  • Experts attribute the increase in demand coupled with the shortages of labor and materials as the main reason for the American economy near “overheating”. 
  • A report Thursday showed increasing prices for flights, household furnishings and operations, new and rental cars, and clothing. 
  • The inflation rates have been the highest since 2008 with consumer prices rising at annual rate of 5% in May – some investors fearing supply chain bottlenecks could force bankers and the Federal Reserve to slow the stimulus program. 
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Saudi-led Coalition Ending Attacks in Yemen to Begin Peace Process

  • After more than six years of fighting, the Saudi-led coalition working against the Houthi rebels has said it will cease air strikes and attacks to pave the way for the beginnings of a peace process in Yemen. Repairs have begun on the roads nearing Sanaa airport, a step forward in reestablishing stability.
  • This week, the US placed sanctions on an Iran-based network that has been transferring tens of millions to Houthi rebels. US President Joe Biden has called for an end to the war in Yemen, and announced in February that the US would be stopping arm sales and ending “support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen.”
  • In 2015, the Saudi-led coalition began assisting the Yemeni government against the rebels. Thousands of people have been killed, and millions displaced since the beginning of the war in 2014.
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Aung Suu Kyi Faces Corruption Charges from Myanmar’s Military

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  • Aung Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s deposed civilian leader, has been charged with corruption from Myanmar’s military. She could be sentenced to up to fifteen years in jail and unable to run in any subsequent elections if found guilty.
  • Suu Kyi was accused of accepting bribes, inciting public unrest and illegally importing walkie talkies. She has been charged under the Anti-Corruption law section 55, and is currently on house arrest.
  • Myanmar’s military arrested Suu Kyi in February when they took power after claims of voter fraud. Protests have been frequent since the coup, and supporters of Suu Kyi believe that the charges are an attempt by the military to gain more power and are purely political.
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Southern Ocean Recognized as Earth’s Fifth

  • The Southern Ocean, a body of water encircling Antarctica characterized by unique glaciers and mountains, and captivating landscapes will be officially recognized as Earth’s fifth ocean joining the list with the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic. 
  • Geographers and scientists have debated whether the bodies of water around Antarctica were unique enough to deserve their own name, or whether they were simply extensions of other oceans. 
  • The Southern Ocean is defined by its current, known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) established roughly 34 million years ago – the current helps keep the region frigidly cold and ecologically different. 

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The Daily Brief: Muslim Family Killed in Ontario, Canada

Muslim Family Killed in Ontario, Canada

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  • A Muslim family in Ontario, Canada, was ran over on Sunday evening, killing four and seriously injuring one. 
  • The Afzaal family, comprised of parents Salman and Madiha Afzaal, daughter Yumna Afzaal and a 74-year-old grandmother, were all killed; son Fayez Afzaal remains hospitalized.
  • Local law enforcement has indicated that the attack was planned and appeared to be motivated by anti Muslim sentiment.
  • The assailant, Nathaniel Veltman, fled the scene in his pickup truck and was later apprehended.
  • The Islamaphobic attack has rattled Muslims all over the world.
  • Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the attack and pledged to take action against far-right groups in Canada.
  • Sunday’s attack is not the first violent Islamaphobic act in Canada. Ten people were killed in Toronto in 2018 and six people were killed in Quebec City in 2017 in acts related to Islamophobia.

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Mladic Genocide Appeal Rejected by UN

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  • Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb commander who killed over 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995, lost his genocide appeal. 
  • Mladic will continue to serve his life sentence after the five UN International Residual Mechanism For Criminal Tribunal at The Hague judges, stating that there was insufficient evidence disputing crimes against humanity and war crimes charged on him. 
  •  Many world leaders, including Joe Biden Heiko Maas, welcomed the decision made by the United Nations in an appeal that has been going on since 2017. 

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UK Football Association to Nominate First Women in 158 Years

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  • The United Kingdom Football Association has nominated Debbie Hewitt, the first female in 158 years, to take up the position of being the Chair in January. 
  • After former representative Greg Clarke resigned after offensive comments, Hewitt is set to take up the position at one of the most precarious times with financial losses and governance issues. 
  • Hewitt is excited to take up the position, stating her plan to “relish the opportunity to chair an organization that has the potential to be a very positive force for good throughout the game and across society.”

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British Actress Says all Women have been Sexually Harassed

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  • British actress Kiera Knightley has spoken on facing sexual harassment herself as well as every woman she has known, stating the different forms of physical and mental abuse victims face.
  • The 36-year-old actress has said she follows a curfew and several safety precautions when out of the house at night – following the death of Sarah Everad outside Monday, most women opened up about following protocols to keep themselves safe from unwanted sexual advances and violence.
  • A study conducted by UN Women UK has found that more than 70% of women experienced sexual harassment in public spaces with the figure up to 97% for women aged 18-24.
  • Knightley praised advocates calling for a curfew on men, saying women have been observing it for years.
  • The instruction to lower the male gaze is a fundamental teaching of Islam as the Qur’an says: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their looks and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely Allah is well aware of what they do.” (24:31).

French President Emmanuel Macron Slapped in the Face

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  • French president Emmanuel Macron was subjected to a physical assault while greeting crowds on an official visit to southeast France.
  • A man among the crowd slapped Macron in the face before security and police officers quickly stepped in to protect the president – while the motives are unclear, the man shouted “Down with Macron-ism” and made reference to the banner of King Charlemagne.
  • Several world leaders around the globe have condemned the act – Macron has stated ultra-violent individuals should not “take over the public debate”. 
  • The perpetrator faces criminal charges and a prison sentence.

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The Daily Brief: US Approves First New Treatment For Alzheimer’s In Nearly 20 Years

US Approves First New Treatment For Alzheimer’s In Nearly 20 Years

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  • The FDA has given approval for the heavily debated Alzheimer’s drug Aducanumab, also known as its brand name Aduhelm.
  • The FDA’s independent advisory committee as well as some Alzheimer’s experts have opposed the drug’s approval claiming that there is not enough evidence to prove its efficacy.
  • Aducanumab targets Alzheimer’s at its root rather than addressing the symptoms of dementia like other treatment options.
  • The drug is administered through monthly intravenous infusion and is intended to slow the cognitive decline in patients with mild dementia symptoms.
  • Aducanumab’s manufacturer, Biogen, has stated that the drug’s annual cost will be $56,000.
  • In March 2019 Aducanumab was tested in an international trial consisting of 3,000 patients. The trial was halted due to analysis showing that the drug was no better at slowing cognitive decline than a placebo.
  • In late 2019 Biogen conducted more analysis and concluded that Aducanumab did indeed work as long as it was given in higher doses than those tested in the international trial.
  • Recognizing the possible benefits of Aducanumab, the FDA approved the drug stating that there is “substantial evidence that aducanumab reduces amyloid beta plaques in the brain” and that this “is reasonably likely to predict important benefits to patients”.

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Pakistan Faces the Deadliest Train Crash Since 2005

  • At least 40 people have been confirmed dead after two trains collided in southern Pakistan.
  • 15 to 20 people were trapped in the wreckage forcing authorities to use heavy machinery in an attempt to get them out.
  • The Millat Express derailed and crashed into the Sir Syed Express on the way to Sargodha from Karachi.
  • Munir Ahmed, 29, one of the local residents who rushed to the scene after he heard the crash, stated “Everyone was crying, ‘Help me! Help me!…My heart sank…I helped a couple of them, but for a moment I think I lost my senses. I have seen some road accidents before but never saw so many dead and injured.”
  • The Ministry of Railways has demanded an inquiry into the incident and is looking to have a complete report within 24 hours.
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France Fines Google €220m For Abusing Their Advertising Power

  • Google has been accused of favoring Google AdX, the company’s online ad marketplace, at the detriment of other platforms.
  • This is roughly the fifth time Google has been caught in hot water with European advertising rules and now faces a €220m fine.
  • Isabelle de Silva, chief of France’s Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority), stated “The decision to sanction Google is of particular significance because it’s the first decision in the world focusing on the complex algorithmic auction processes on which the online ad business relies.”

Mali Coup Leader Sworn in as Interim President

  • Military leader Assimi Goita was sworn in as Mali’s new interim president in a ceremony held in the capital city of Bamako. Goita has led two coups that unseated a democratically elected transitional president and a prime minister.
  • In his inauguration speech, Goita promised to hold presidential elections as scheduled, which is in February. Soon after the ceremony, Goita appointed opposition leader Choguel Maiga as Prime Minister.
  • International communities, such as France and the African Union, have rejected Goita’s power grab. France suspended its cooperation with Mali’s military after Goita’s second coup, saying they will wait until civilians return to positions of power.
  • Many fear that further political instability could increase extremist attacks, which are already high in the region.
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Israeli Police Cancel March in Jerusalem

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  • Israeli police denied approval for a march held by right-wing Israeli groups due to a fear of dangerous tensions given the recent eleven day war with Gaza. The march was scheduled for Thursday in the Israeli occupied parts of Jerusalem’s Old City. 
  • The cancellation by Israeli police came soon after a Hamas leader warned that the march could lead to violence. Right wing Israelis showed discontent with the cancellation of the rally, angered that the government surrendered to Hamas’ threats.
  • Israel is currently in the process of approving a new government, which would end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule. Israel lawmakers will vote by June 14th on the new government, as Netanyahu tries to block all chances of its instatement.
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The Daily Brief: Over One Hundred Killed in Burkina Faso

Over One Hundred Killed in Burkina Faso

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  • Over one hundred villagers were killed in Burkina Faso, near the Niger border.
  • The Yagha village was under siege for over three hours as militants set homes on fire and targeted explosives.
  • The terror attack is reported as the worst in the country’s history.
  • International observers are concerned that terrorism is growing unbridled in West Africa.
  • The country is in a 72 hour mourning period, declared by President Roch Kabore.
  • Over 1.2 million residents of Burkina Faso have fled the country due to terror attacks, labeled as the world’s fastest growing displacement.
  • Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, both Al-Qaeda and the alleged Islamic State have been active in the area.

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Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow for Indigenous School Deaths in Canada

  • Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the gruesome discovery of a mass grave in Canada containing the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children at boarding school for Indigenous Canadians operated by Catholic clergy.
  • The Pope acknowledged the deep grief and trauma associated with the recent discovery about a week after an Indigenous community announced that the remains of about 215 children had been found at the site.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “deeply disappointed” that the Catholic Church had not issued a formal apology regarding the incident which brings to light the history of church-run schools involving forced conversions, and “cultural genocide” according to a national commission in 2015.
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Nigerian Prominent Pastor Dies after Church Program

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  • A prominent and popular Nigerian televangelist has died from unknown causes at the age of 57 after delivering a church program.
  • Temitope Joshua, known as T.B., had millions of followers and claimed healing for thousands of people through his church, and regularly made prophecies on his Facebook page.
  • In 2011, it was estimated he was the third wealthiest pastor in Nigeria with a net worth of $10-$15 million.
  • Since his death, several tributes have been made to his life particularly by his adherents.
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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Called to Reform the Approach to Central American Migration 

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  • As United States Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit Guatemala and Mexico this week, migrant rights groups gather to call for a more rights-based approach to migration.
  • Ending the use of Title 42, a public health directive which allows for immediate expulsion of migrants or asylum seekers at the US border a top priority for many. 
  • Migrant rights activists fear that U.S. President Joe Biden’s approach to Central American migration is not as ‘humane’ as is claimed, seeing the push for police and military responses to migrants coming from Washington.
  • Abel Nunez, Alianza Americas’ vice president and executive director of the Central American Resource Centre in Washington, DC, stated “We do have to recognise that the narrative has been a little different, and we are glad…We need to coordinate and continue to apply pressure to ensure we arrive at a migration process that centres the migrant and protects their rights…Until we do that, the truth is it is just a show.”
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Israel Releases Sheikh Jarrah Activists and Aljazeera Journalist Givara Budeiri

  • Activists Muna al-Kurd and Mohammed al-Kurd were released from custody after being arrested for protesting the forced expulsion of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.
  • The activists were arrested just a day after Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri was taken by Israeli forces while covering the demonstrations and wearing a flak jacket clearly marked “press.”
  • Budeiri was left in the hospital following her release as she suffered a left hand fracture at the hands of Israeli police.
  • Nabil al-Kurd explained the logic behind the arrest stating “The reason for the arrest is that we say that we will not leave our homes, and they do not want anyone to express his opinion, they do not want anyone to tell the truth…They want to silence us.”
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