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The Daily Brief: Iran Nuclear Development Agreement Proceeding Slowly Amidst Worldwide Concerns

Story headline: Israel condemns any actions to renew 2015 nuclear deal

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Summary: 

  • Talks remain in progress between an alliance of six nations and Iran regarding possible revival of nuclear development options for Iran in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the republic.
  • Representatives from six signatory countries, the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany have been meeting with Iranian representatives in Vienna since April about possibly renewing the agreement.
  • A deal was previously in place between the countries until the U.S., under former President Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew in 2018.
  • The nation of Israel remains firmly opposed to Iran having any nuclear capabilities.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has repeatedly warned that Iran’s President-Elect is a hardliner, and any nuclear development under his authority will hurt world peace.
  • Iran President Elect Ebrahim Raisi was elected over the weekend as the next President; his term will start in August.
  • Raisi has a troubled history with the U.S., as he was sanctioned in the 1990s for the execution of thousands of political prisoners
  • The world remains skeptical as Iran is currently enriching uranium at extremely high levels.

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Afghanistan’s Leaders Plan to Visit the White House as the U.S. Pulls Troops

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  • President Ashraf Ghani and chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah are set to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday in the White House.
  • The removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after almost 20 years of war has disrupted the region as the Taliban continues to terrorize the country.
  • Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s former president, stated “The international community came here 20 years ago with this clear objective of fighting extremism and bringing stability … but extremism is at the highest point today. So they have failed.”
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Quartz Stones Found in South Africa Crush the Suspected ‘Diamond Rush’ 

  • After 3,000 people flocked to KwaHlathi in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa experts found the alleged diamond stones to be quartz.
  • Villagers have been using picks and shovels to mine the land since June 12 with hopes of finding hidden riches.
  • Those who are continuing to mine will soon be encouraged to leave as the risk of Covid-19 exposure is high.
  • Ravi Pillay, provincial executive council member for economic development and tourism, stated “The tests conducted conclusively revealed that the stones discovered in the area are not diamonds as some had hoped…The value, if any, of the quartz crystals is yet to be established but it must be mentioned that the value of quartz crystals is very low compared to that of diamonds.”
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Tropical Storms Turn Deadly Across Southeastern America 

  • A tropical storm carrying heavy winds, flash flooding, and heavy rains overswept the southeastern region of the U.S. on Sunday, June 20 leading to at least 12 deaths including nine children in the state of Alabama.
  • A multi-vehicle crash due to the storm has led to the deaths of 10 people, including nine children – at least 18 vehicles were involved in the crash.
  • The storm named Claudette, accompanied tornadoes that devastated homes and rooftops, with mobile and residential homes greatly affected. A 24-year old father and his 3-year old son died after a tree toppled on their house; in another incident, a 23-year old woman died after her car went off the road into a creek.
  • Experts predict the storm may be traveling upward to the East Coast – some states have been issued warnings.
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Positive COVID-19 Tests Spotted in Tokyo Ahead of Olympic Games 

  • A member of the Uganda Olympic squad has tested positive for COVID-19 after the team’s arrival in Tokyo, Japan for the anticipated Olympic games to be held July 23.
  • A surge in COVID-19 cases can be seen in both Japan and Uganda, with Japan upholding its decision to host the Olympic games nevertheless, despite significant public skepticism and a slow vaccine roll out.
  • The Ugandan player has been in quarantine at a government-designated facility and was fully vaccinated along with the rest of the team with AstraZeneca; all team players also had to test negative before boarding the flight.
  • Despite criticism on holding the Olympics, organizers and the International Olympic Committee have stated the Games can be held safely – among the safety measures used include barring foregin spectators from attending the Games.
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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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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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