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Pause in J&J vaccine roll out due to reports of blood clot formation in six women

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U.S. Temporarily Halts use of Johnson Johnson vaccine

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  • The popular single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been temporarily suspended for use in the United States.
  • Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration have cited the unexplained condition of blood clots occurring in six female recipients of the J&J vaccine.
  • The FDA has emphasized that the suspension is only temporary, until health officials can assess the cases and prepare local health officials on how to recognize and treat future occurrences. 
  • Similar instances of blood clot formation have occurred in Europe to a small number of individuals who received the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • There is debate about whether six instances out of approximately 7 million administered doses is statistically significant.
  • The pause in deployment of the J&J vaccine is seen as a blow to the United States’ efforts to vaccinate 200 million people before President Biden’s 100th day in office.
  • The J&J vaccine is formulated from an altered but benign adenovirus.

Biden Plans To Remove All US Troops From Afghanistan By 9/11 

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  • US President Joe Biden has announced his plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, marking a definitive end to America’s “Forever War”.
  • The withdrawal comes 20 years after a series of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 which killed nearly 3,000 and sparked the US’s “War on Terror”.
  • Biden’s plan will keep 3,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan longer than former US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal deadline of May 1st.
  • The United States Congress appears to be divided on this plan with some Republicans glad to have soldiers back home while others believe the withdrawal decision is premature. Similarly, some Democrats are glad to end the perpetual war, while others fear losing hard-fought gains in Afghanistan.
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Nato Warns of “Largest Massing Of Russian Troops” Near Ukraine’s Border

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  • NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of moving “thousands of combat-ready troops to Ukraine’s borders” at a meeting on Tuesday.
  • Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed the troops were part of readiness drills in Western Russia that will continue for two more weeks.
  • Shoigu also stated that the military drills were in response to NATO’s threats and the US and their NATO allies strengthening forces near Russia’s borders. Moscow also accused US and NATO members of turning Ukraine into a “powder keg” by supplying the country with weapons.
  • US President Joe Biden has reportedly “called on Russia to de-escalate tensions” in a phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
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Tons of Radioactive Water to be Released from Japan’s Fukushima Power Plant

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  • The Japanese government announced plans to start releasing partially radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. 
  • Million tons of the water has been gathering at the Daiichi plant after a tsunami and earthquake in 2011 destroyed the plant, damaging it’s reactors and contaminating its cooling waters. 
  • Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga released a statement stating that the ocean was the “most realistic option” for the disposition of the water, pledging to “prevent damaging rumors on local agriculture, fisheries and tourism.”
  • The plan which is to commence in two-years time met heavy opposition by local residents, fisherman, and Japan’s neighbors. The government claims radioactive levels within the water, although not completely removed, can be decreased enough for no harm to be done. 
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Stephen Curry Beats Wilt Chamberlain’s Reign as Warriors All-Time Leading Scorer

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  • This Tuesday, 2-time MVP champion Stephen Curry surpassed former Golden States Warriors player Wilt Chamberlain for the all-time leading scorer. 
  • Chamberlain, who is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in sports history, previously held a record of 17,783.
  • Being just 18 points away from passing Chamberlain’s score, the record was beaten in the first quarter during the Monday night game against the Denver Nuggets. 
  • It’s an incident Curry considers “surreal,” taking the moment to pay respects to Chamberlain. “If you grow up in the game of basketball and you hear his name, you know it’s something extremely special, no matter what it is.”
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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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