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The Daily Brief: Alexei Navalny Rumored to be Near Death

World community warns of consequences if Navalny dies in prison

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  • Famed Russian dissident Alexei Navalny is reportedly in failing health, following a nearly three week hunger strike.
  • The hunger strike is to call attention to the poor medical care he is receiving in jail, following an attempted poisoning on his life last August.
  • Navalny has not been permitted independent medical care; he is under the care of government physicians.
  • Navalny has been in jail since February on charges of embezzlement, which he claims are meritless, politically motivated attacks.
  • The Kremlin denies any political motivation, suggesting that Navalny is backed by U.S. forces interested in destabilizing Russia.
  • Navalny’s supporters are protesting in the streets against Putin’s treatment of political prisoners.
  • The United States, United Kingdom and several nations of the European Union have called for independent medical attention for Navalny, warning of consequences if the opposition leader dies in prison.

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U.S. and China Agree to Cooperate on Solution for Climate Change 

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  • China and the United States have agreed to work mutually in solving the problem of climate change as both countries lead the world in highest fossil fuel emissions.
  • U.S. special envoy for climate, John Kerry and Chinese official Xie Zhenhua issued a joint statement that illustrated the dire need for action against climate change following a visit to Shanghai.
  • The two countries “are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands” read the statement.
  • President Biden has called world leaders to attend a global summit on April 22-23 to discuss the issues of climate change and human impact on the environment.

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Derailment of Train in Egypt Leads to Death, Multiple Injuries Reported

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  • At least 11 people were killed and approximately 98 injured after a train derailed on its way to Mansoura from Cairo.
  • Videos on social media displayed images and videos of overturned cars and sounds of distress as broken bones, cuts, and bruises were among the injuries sustained in the accident.
  • Almost 60 ambulances reached the scene according to Egypt’s Health Ministry – several volunteers lined up to donate blood for victims outside Banha University Hospital.
  • Egypt has had a history of poor railway system management and frequent train wrecks.

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Armed Attack in West Niger Kills Nineteen

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  • Armed gunmen on motorbikes entered the village of Gaigorou in West Niger, shooting at civilians and killing 19 people.
  • The attack took place near the border of Mali in the Tillaberi region, and the gunmen started shooting at a funeral before taking shots at the rest of the village. No group has taken responsibility yet.
  • Armed conflicts at the border have been increasing this year, the most recent being in January where thirteen people were killed. These are usually done by groups affiliated with ISIS.

Far Right Group in Pakistan Takes Six Officials Hostage Amidst Protests

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  • Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a far right political party opposing blasphemy, have taken six security personnel hostage at their headquarters in Lahore. Roads have been blocked leading to the building.
  • The group was formed in October 2020 and has called for Pakistan’s government to remove the French ambassador and ban all French goods by April 20th over blasphemous remarks from French President Emannuel Macron.
  • The far right group has been holding violent protests after their leader, Saad Rizvi, was arrested last week. Pakistan has banned the group after these protests and subsequently prevented any media organizations from covering them.
  • Last week, France advised that its citizens leave Pakistan as a safety precaution.

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The 2018 Salisbury Poisonings and 2014 Czech Republic Explosion Have Been Linked To Russia

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  • The 2014 explosion of a Czech Republic arms depot has been linked to the 2018 Salisbury poisonings after emails sent to the Imex Group, which ran the depot, were found to have been sent from Russia rather than Tajikistan.
  • The email requested access to the depot for Ruslan Tabarov from Tajikistan and Nicolaj Popa, a Moldovan citizen, however the passport pictures of the two match the men accused of the Salisbury poisonings.
  • The names Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov were used by the men to enter the UK in March 2018 where they were seen on CCTV smearing Novichok nerve agent on the door handle of GRU officer Sergei Skripal home.
  • The same names were used by the men to enter Prague in October of 2014 where they stayed in Ostrava, near the arms depot, they later departed to the Vienna airport the same day the explosion occurred. 
  • The evidence found links the destruction in the Czech Republic and Salisbury poisonings to the men and the Russian military intelligence – the GRU.
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Leicester Will Go To The FA Cup Final For The First Time In Over 50 Years

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  • Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning goal for Leicester which will allow them to proceed to the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969.
  • The Nigerian football player connected with teammate Jamie Vardy near the 55th minute after a rough start and allowed Leicester a goal eight yards from the net.
  • Both teams came out to a slow start, which many attribute to the four thousand fans permitted in Wembley after more than a year of empty stadiums.
  • The European government hopes to fill this summer’s FA Cup final with 22,000 fans pushing for the stadium to be filled at at least 25% capacity.
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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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