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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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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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