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The Daily Brief: Many European nations temporarily halt AstraZeneca vaccine for fear of side effects

World Health Organization questions evidence against the vaccine’s safety

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Many European nations temporarily halt AstraZeneca vaccine for fear of side effects
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  • Despite a rise in COVID19 cases in parts of Europe, several nations have paused usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • The pause is due to reported cases of blood clots in some patients who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • Germany was the first to stop usage, followed by Italy, France and Spain; in total, 13 countries are waiting for guidance before resuming use.
  • Both the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) stand behind the benefits of AstraZeneca, although the EMA will issue a formal report later this week.
  • The vaccine suspension comes on the heels of a rising caseload and delayed vaccination program across much of Europe.
  • There is speculation that political unity was a motivating factor in many nations following Germany’s lead to halt use.
  • More than half a million people in the EU have died as a result of COVID19.

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Foxconn Considers Wisconsin for Development of Electric Vehicles

  • The Tawainese electronics manufacturer company Foxconn, a major supplier of Apple products, announced their consideration of an abandoned Wisconsin plant to develop electric vehicles. 
  • Plans on what to manufacture in the plant has changed many times since the 10-billion dollar investment made in 2017, but was recently considered appropriate for the manufacturing of electric vehicles because of its proximity to other infrastructures in the vehicle industry. 
  • Foxconn spokesperson Liu Young-way has hoped the production of electric vehicles would “bring down development time and costs for automakers with its expertise in supply-chain integration,” and supply 10% of all manufactured vehicles in potential partnership with a US company. 

The UK Introduces New Bill After Police Violence at Sarah Everard Demonstrations

  • UK police face backlash for their violent responses to peaceful demonstrations held for Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old London resident killed by an accused police officer while walking home. 
  • Lawmakers introduced a “Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill” in response, which enables law enforcement to prohibit a demonstration if “noise generated by the person carrying on the protest may result in serious disruption to the activities of an organisation which are carried on in the vicinity of the protest.” 
  • As Parliament continues to debate at the House of Commons, controversy has sparked in retaliation to the bill, with over 150 human rights and religious organizations urging its reconsideration. 

Mozambique Militants Behead Children

  • Save The Children, a leading aid agency, has reported that an ISIS linked militant group in the Southeast African country of Mozambique have been beheading children as young as 11 years of age.
  • These attacks took place in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado where the armed insurgent group, known by locals as Al-Shabab (The Youth), have propagated violence since 2017.
  • Fighting in the region dramatically increased in 2020 with Al-Shabab actively engaging the military to capture and control key towns.
  • Save The Children states that nearly 2,700 people have been killed in the fighting with an additional 670,000 displaced from their homes.
  • The US declared Al-Shabab to be a foreign terrorist organization earlier in March and has pledged special forces, medical equipment, and communication equipment to help combat the insurgency.
  • Amnesty International has reported war crimes on both sides of the conflict, however the government of Mozambique denies conducting any civilian killings.

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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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