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Former Minniapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Found Guilty for Three Counts of Murder

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  • Deliberations over the historic Derek Chauvin trial reached a verdict this Tuesday afternoon, finding him guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. 
  • Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin  was charged after recordings released showed him kneeling on George Floyd’s neck in May of 2020 over a counterfeit $20 bill. Autopsy reports revealed that George Floyd was killed due to lack of oxygen or asphyxia. 
  • Crowds gathered around the Minneapolis courthouse awaiting the verdict, guarded by local police and soldiers from the National Guard. 
  • The jurors have spent around 11 hours deliberating a verdict over the past two days. Chauvin faces up to 40 years imprisonment. 
  • Crowds expressed this win not as justice being served rather holding the officers accountable for their actions. 
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https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/20/us/derek-chauvin-verdict-george-floyd

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/derek-chauvin-trial-04-20-21/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/live-blog/derek-chauvin-trial-verdict-n1264670

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Nation to be led by a transitional military council for 18 months as President Chad has been killed by rebels

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  • Idriss Deby, Chad’s longest serving President, has died from injuries sustained in fighting with rebel forces.
  • Deby had been purportedly visiting government troops in the northern part of the country, when the area fell under attack.
  • Deby was known for entering areas of high military risk and often referred to as a wartime president.
  • The rebel group, FACT (the Front for Change and Concord in Chad), has been working actively to overthrow Deby since 2016.
  • Idriss Deby has been running for a sixth term in office and was widely expected to win.
  • A transitional military council led by Deby’s son, four-star general Mahamat Deby, will oversee the nation for a period of 18 months.
  • Mahamat Deby has promised a transparent election process for determining Chad’s next president.
  • A two-week period of national mourning has been announced.

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Suspect Taken into Custody After Austin Shooting Leaves Three Dead

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  • After a deadly shooting in Austin, Texas, former Travis County Sheriff deputy Stephen Broderik was taken into custody this week. 
  • Broderick is suspected of taking the lives of three people, one of whom was his ex-wife, after police found the victims involved in a suspected car collision northwest of Austin.
  • Amanda Broderick was supposedly “meeting [in] a scheduled visit with their son when the collision occurred,” as stated in an Austin police report. Broderick fled after the shooting, and police had been looking for him since Sunday. 
  • Broderick is suspected to be the same employee who previously worked in property crimes as a detective before being arrested and charged for sexual assault of a child.
  • He was arrested on Monday near the Arboretum after a 19-hour search by officials. 

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Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/us/austin-texas-shooting.html

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/04/19/shooting-suspect-stephen-broderick-caught-near-manor-authorities-say-2-victims-identified/7283005002/

Dogecoin Falls Hard After Record High 

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  • Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that started out as a joke, reached a record high on Tuesday due to fans trending the currency on media outlets.
  • Dogecoin became a top 10 digital currency, valued at nearly $50 billion, a price even greater than Ford.
  • The currency seems to have lost its steam as it recently fell 15.4% to a value of $45 billion.

Johnson & Johnson To Resume Vaccine Rollout In Europe

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  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has allowed Johnson & Johnson to resume vaccine distribution in Europe with the recommendation that the vaccine should carry a warning label.
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been linked to rare and serious blood clots, however the EMA believes that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.
  • Johnson and Johnson’s stock value increased by more than 2% after the announcement was made. 
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Navalny in dire medical condition with supporters fearing his death

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  • Vladimir Putin’s strongest political opponent Navalny is under life threatening medical conditions following a three week hunger strike.
  • Navalny was transferred to a prison hospital in Vladimir on Sunday, after lawyers and advocates stated his condition required urgent medical treatment.
  • His personal doctor and three other medical experts were denied entry into the prison clinic, while test results provided by his family prompted another physician to state Navanly’s condition as critical with elevated potassium and creatinine levels.
  • Navalny has humorously described his condition in Instagram posts, saying he “wouldn’t be scared with potassium after Novichok,” the poisoning nerve agent he believes was attributed to the Kremlin.

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Court Ruling in Quebec Bans Display of Religious Symbols

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  • A new court ruling in the Canadian province of Quebec has banned public employees from the donning of religious symbols such as hijabs and turbans with the exception of public school educators.
  • The new law could face appeal as multiple lawsuits have challenged the ruling as unconstitutional – while Quebec’s government says the law was designed to promote secularism by the province’s right.
  • A judge has said the law particularly affects the rights of Muslim women in wearing hijab in the workplace and would allow for discimination or negative sentiment in this particular minority group

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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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