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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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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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