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The Daily Brief: Minneapolis Police Claim Daunte Wright Killing Caused By “Accidental Discharge”

Daunte Wright, an African American, was shot and killed by police on Sunday in what is being described as an “accidental discharge” of a gun in place of a taser.

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Minneapolis Police Claim Daunte Wright Killing Caused By Accidental Discharge

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  • Daunte Wright, a 20-year old Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police during a traffic stop on Sunday.
  • Wright had been driving with his girlfriend when he was stopped by police who attempted to take him into custody after learning that he had an outstanding warrant for a gross misdemeanor.
  • Wright exited his vehicle but then went back in for unknown reasons; Police Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department believes that Wright was attempting to leave.
  • Bodycam footage shows that after Wright went back to his vehicle an officer shouted “Taser! Taser! Taser!” but then fired a bullet at him.
  • Following the shooting the officer is heard yelling, “Holy…! I just shot him!” which some perceive as evidence that the officer did not intentionally shoot at Wright.
  • After being shot Wright’s car travelled for several blocks before hitting another vehicle; Wright was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
  • Chief Tim Gannon believes that “the officer had the intention to deploy their taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet”.
  • Mike Elliott, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, stated that he is in full support of releasing the officer that shot Elliot from her duties because police officers “cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people”.
  • Hundreds of people protested for Wright after news of his killing spread, which prompted the Minnesota National Guard to activate 500 members to maintain order in the area.
  • In regards to the shooting and protests US President Joe Biden has stated that “there is absolutely no justification” for looting and violence, and that the intentions behind the “shooting remain to be determined by a full-blown investigation”.
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Turkey and Libya Commit to a Maritime Deal at the Expense of Greece and Cyprus

  • After meeting with Libya’s Prime Minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated the two countries were committed to a 2019 maritime demarcation accord.
  • The deal will delineate the maritime boundaries of the two countries in the Mediterranean.
  • Greece and Cyprus oppose the agreement claiming it disregards other Mediterranean countries and breaches international law.
  • Libya is now under its interim government which took power on March 15th and is hoping the new system will provide relief to the war torn country.
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France Votes to Ban Short-Haul Domestic Flights

  • In an attempt to reduce carbon emissions France plans to ban short-haul domestic flights. 
  • The ban will apply when train alternative journeys that are under two-and-a-half hours exist internally.
  • Initially France’s Citizens’ Convention on Climate proposed a ban when four hour train journeys were available, however this was opposed after some regions gave their disapproval.
  • In regards to the move French National Assembly member Francois Pupponi said “The environmental choice must take precedence, but let’s not abandon the social and economic choices around industry and around airports – the two are complementary.”
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Iran Accuses Israel of Natanz Incident

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  • Iran blames Israel for the recent power outage and centrifuge damages at the Natanz nuclear site. Iran earlier reffered to it as an act of “nuclear terrorism” and have warned that they will “take revenge” on Israel.
  • Iran had activated its new advanced centrifuges a few days prior in a public show of their progress. Iran has stated that their nuclear advancements are for civilian use, not military.
  • This impacts current negotiations in Vienna about the 2015 nuclear deal. Israel has repeatedly expressed its intention of stopping the deal, so as not to allow Iran to attack Israel.
  • The US recently met with Israel at the time of the Natanz incident; the discussion was focused on destabilizing Iran and strengthening US-Israel relations.
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China Sends Aircrafts to Taiwan’s Defence Zone in Biggest Incursion Yet

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  • Taiwan has reported the biggest incursion yet on its air defense zone by twenty five Chinese aircrafts, some of which have nuclear capabilities.
  • This action from Beijing comes after the US instilled new guidelines allowing easier cooperation with Taiwan officials.
  • China has called their repeated incursions on Taiwan a protection of their sovereignty, and has recently been increasing tension in the area.
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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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