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US Customs and Border Protection agency announced record breaking numbers for migrant children crossing the southern border into custody under the Biden Administration

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3400 Migrant Children in Customs and Border Control Custody

US Customs and Border Protection agency announced record breaking numbers for migrant children crossing the southern border into custody under the Biden Administration

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  • On Tuesday, March 9th, data collected from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency reported an all 3,400 migrant children within their custody, an all-time-high. 
  • Authorities struggle to keep up with the growing numbers amidst the current global pandemic and lack of accommodation, leaving 2,800 children currently awaiting placement. 
  • Almost half of these children are held against protocols of the CBP which states children must be released to U.S. refugee shelters within the 72 hours they are taken into custody. 
  • These refugee centers house over 8,000 unaccompanied migrant children and struggle to find space, while both border control stations and the CBP only have facilities to provide shelter only for a short amount of time. 
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement announced how “aggressively” they are working in moving over current migrants to the custody of sponsors. 
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that there will soon be a meeting to give the Biden Administration “a full rundown” of the situation at the border which has been directly visited by senior officials under the President.
  • Currently, most migrants approaching the border are being pushed back under a public health law tactic utilized under the Trump Administration.
  • The reduction of beds in Refugee facilities under Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention guidelines has been lifted, stating “extraordinary circumstances.” Refugee agency’s are now allowed to increase back to pre-pandemic capacity as long as higher precautions are taken to stop the spread of the virus. 

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Tokyo Olympics Expected to be Held Without Overseas Fans 

  • Japan plans to ban overseas fans in upcoming Tokyo Olympics, stating worries of new contagious variants of Covid-19 found in other countries.
  • The Tokyo Olympics officials also released a 33-page “playbook” which outlined safety guidelines that would be put into place to give security that the games will be okay to hold during a global pandemic.
  • The Japanese government and organizing committee of the Summer Games plan to meet soon and announce their formal decision regarding attendance before the end of the month.
  • The games have now cost upwards of 1.6 trillion yen and the expected 90 billion yen that was to come in from ticket sales may be cut down if the 1 million overseas fans are barred from attending.

The North Rift has Broken off as Iceberg A-74 From the Antarctic

  • The crack found in the Brunt Ice Shelf in November broke off as an iceberg 492 feet thick and 490 miles on Friday.
  • The iceberg (A-74) which is larger than New York City cleaved near BAS’s Halley Research Station and has not impacted the station which is closed for the season.
  • This major indicator of climate change poses threats of rising ocean levels and shows the escalating problem of global warming. 

Russia to Hold Peace Talks on Afghanistan

  • Russia has invited China, Pakistan, the United States, representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban to a conference on March 18th to discuss Afghanistan and a peace process.
  • The conference aims to end violence and restore peace in Afghanistan, while also reviving inter-Afghan talks as Doha peace negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government have stalled recently.
  • US envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, was in Qatar last weekend with Taliban and Afghan government leaders to discuss a proposed peace process, comprising plans for an interim government and the creation of a new constitution.
  • A deal signed by the Trump administration committing to the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan by May 1st is still on the table, providing greater pressure for a successful conference.

Tanzania’s President Missing and Suspected of Having Covid

  • President John Magufuli of Tanzania has not been seen since February 27th, stirring suspicion that he has contracted covid, a theory supported by several claims that he is being treated at Nairobi Hospital.
  • President Magufuli has denounced covid vaccines, testing kits, and masks, while also neglecting to place restrictions on social gatherings because of his belief that the virus is not a considerable threat.
  • Opposition leader Tundu Lissu has been outspoken on the matter and is demanding more information on the President’s condition.

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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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