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The Daily Brief: Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini To Go To Trial For Kidnapping

Matteo Salvini is scheduled to go to trial in September after denying access of migrants into Italy and stranding them off the coast of Lampedusa for 19 days.

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Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini To Go To Trial For Kidnapping

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  • Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini will stand trial for kidnapping after his refusal to allow Spanish migrant children on an Open Arms Rescue ship into the country in 2019. 
  • In July and August during Salvini’s time as an interior minister and deputy prime minister, over 140 migrants awaited access into Italy on the Mediteranian Sea as Salvini negotiated with EU nations in their participation in resettling them. 
  • Over a 19-day period, some left stranded at sea jumped overboard in desperation, and the captain pleaded with Italian prosecutors for entry onto the port. Eventually, the 83 individuals left on board were evacuated to Lampedusa. 
  • This was one of many instances during Salvini’s time as interior minister in which he halted humanitarian ships from entering the country under his own implemented policies, continuously blaming organizations for encouraging illegal smuggling and trafficking.
  • Prosecutor Andrew Bonomo argued that Salvini shouldn’t be taken to court under the indictments, stating the decisions he made didn’t go against international treaties or pose enough harm to be considered kidnapping.  
  • Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish Non government organization dedicated to search and rescue at the sea, look forward to the trial about to commence, tweeting their happiness for “all the vulnerable people saved so far from the sea of shame.”
  • The trial is to begin on September 15th, as Salvani faces up to 15 years of jail time and an inability to serve in future government positions. Salvani tweeted that he was going in with his “head held high” and stated that “Defending our country is a citizen’s sacred duty … that is what I am being tried for.”
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Cuba Enters A New Age Of Government After 60 Years Of Castro Leadership

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  • Raúl Castro has announced his intention to pass on leadership of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party to younger generations, leaving the island nation without a Castro at the helm for the first time in over 6 decades.
  • The announcement came on Friday from Castro himself, who turns 90 in June and wishes to leave the country to the youth “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit”.
  • Mr. Castro is expected to formally step down and announce his replacement before the end of the Communist Party Congress on Monday.
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Covid Death Toll Passes 3 Million As Cases Continue To Surge

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  • The number of Covid cases to date is estimated at nearly 140 million, while the number of Covid-related deaths has surpassed 3 million.
  • India, as well as about half of the US states, are currently experiencing a surge with India recording 230,000 new cases on Saturday alone.
  • The World Health Organization has warned that the globe is “approaching the highest rate of infection” and that “cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates”.
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Prince Philip Honored in Short, Private Ceremony

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  • Prince Philip’s funeral took place on Saturday at Windsor Castle with a short, private ceremony with only thirty attendees due to pandemic restrictions. Prince Philip was honored with a minute of silence observed throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Queen Elizabeth II sat alone during the ceremony in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Prince Harry attended the ceremony without his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who is currently pregnant.
  • Hundreds gathered outside the castle to honor Prince Philip and pay their respects. The service was not open to the public, but it was shown on television.
  • Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on April 9th at the age of 99.

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NASA Chooses SpaceX to Build Spacecraft for Moon Lander

  • NASA has chosen SpaceX to build spacecraft as part of the Artemis program to take two astronauts to the moon, possibly by 2024. NASA has expressed their intent to make history by having the first woman land on the moon.
  • The nearly $3 billion contract was being competed for by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and Dynetics Inc, along with several other companies. NASA’s reasoning for choosing SpaceX was to stay within budget constraints, and to keep the competitive atmosphere of the Human Landing System (HLS) Program.
  • Last year, SpaceX was chosen to work with NASA on their HLS program, in which the Starship rocket was being tested in the hopes that it will allow large numbers of people to enter deep space and land back on Earth.

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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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