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The Daily Brief: 45 People Killed in Bulgarian Motorway Crash

A tour bus carrying passengers mainly from Macedonia went up in flames in Bulgaria

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  • On route from Istanbul to North Macedonia the bus slammed into a barrier and exploded.
  • 46 people were said to survive, however at least twelve children and many others perished in the explosion.
  • Three days of mourning have been declared in Bulgaria and North Macedonia following the incident.
  • The bus swerved off its path and took 50m worth of crash barrier from the motorway with it.
  • No other vehicles were involved in the crash, however the disaster of the bus alone took roughly 45 lives.
  • The cause of the accident is not clear though the mayor of the nearby village of Pernik stated that the motorway was already in poor condition that resulted in accidents often.

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Yemen War Deaths to Reach 377,000 by the End of 2021

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  • A report by the United Nations claims that deaths due to Yemen’s war is expected to reach 377,000 by the end of 2021 and 1.3 million by 2030 should it continue. 
  • Hunger along with other preventable diseases are the largest contributor to the death toll.
  • UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner stated “In the case of Yemen, we believe that the number of people who have actually died as a consequence of conflict exceeds the numbers who died in battlefield.”
  • The report also found that if the war ended now extreme poverty could disappear in one generation.

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US Jury Begins Deliberation In McMichael/Bryan Case For The Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery

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  • 13 days after the trial began, a US jury began deliberations on Tuesday in the case against Travis McMichael (35), Gregory McMichael (65), and William Bryan(52) for the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.
  • The three defendants have pleaded not guilty for murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment in Arbery’s murder and allege that they fatally shot Arbery in self-defense.
  • For two weeks, the 12 person jury was presented evidence from the prosecution arguing that Arbery was an innocent bystander that was simply jogging through the neighborhood, while the defense argues that Arbery was somehow involved in a rash of robberies in the neighborhood and that the McMichael’s and Bryan were only trying to perform a citizen’s arrest when Arbery refused to stop running.
  • The racially charged case is being closely watched by millions and the jury is expected to reach a verdict before week’s end. 

Lebron James Suspended For The First Time After Sunday Altercation with Isaiah Stewart

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  • For the first time in his 19 year career, Los Angeles Lakers Small Forward, Lebron James was suspended for one game for his involvement in Sunday’s altercation with Detroit Pistons Power Forward, Isaiah Stewart. 
  • The altercation began during the 3rd quarter on Sunday when both James and Stewart tried to get in position to return a free throw when arms got intertwined and James’ elbow hit Stewart above his eye, causing him to bleed. 
  • Both got into a heated fight where players had to be separated but Stewart broke away multiple times to charge at James. 
  • James was suspended for one game for “recklessly hitting” Stewart and forfeits $284,000 in salary while Stewart is suspended for two games for “escalating the altercation” and forfeits $45,000 in salary. 

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France and Germany Urge Citizens To Leave Ethiopia After PM Further Escalates War

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  • Late Monday, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, announced that he will be heading to the front lines this week to lead the Ethiopian National Army in a ‘last stitch’ effort to save Ethiopia from the northern Tigrayan Forces.
  • Following the announcement, France and Germany advised any nationals still living in Ethiopia to leave on the earliest commercial flight available, a move that mirrored the US and UK in weeks prior.  
  • The UN also announced that their personnel will remain in the country however they are temporarily re-housing their overseas staff for their protection. 
  • What was supposed to be a swift move by Ethiopia’s PM to remove the Northern Tigrayan Forces last year, has now turned into a one-year battle fraught with death and a humanitarian crisis as Tigrayan forces continue to advance to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. 

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Apple and Amazon Fined Over 200 Million Euros By Italian Anti-Trust Authority

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  • The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) announced Tuesday that they have fined both Apple and Amazon over a combined 200 million euros ($225 million) for restricting competition on the Italian Amazon Marketplace, violating the rules set by the European Union. 
  • The ICA states that both tech giants gave only select sellers access to sell Apple and Beats products on the Italian Amazon Marketplace in 2018. 
  • Apple was fined 134.5 million euros ($151.32 million) while Amazon was fined 68.7 million euros ($77.29 million.) 
  • Apple and Amazon both plan to appeal the fine, alleging that they did nothing wrong.

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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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