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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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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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