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7 Killed in Bomb Blast in Afghanistan

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  • Seven people were killed and six wounded in Afghanistan after two minivans were hit in West Kabul, Afghanistan due to two seperate bombs. 
  • The bombs went off Saturday on the same road near a largely populated Hazara area. The type of bombs used was not made clear. 
  • Although no group has taken accountability for the blast, the Islamic State has targeted the minority Hazara group in the past, as the insurgency group has declared war against them.
  • Just last month a Hazara dominant school was targeted and over 80 people were killed and earlier this week 10 mine clearing workers were killed.
  • This same area was also subject to attacks by IS earlier this month after four minivans were attacked in a similar matter and killed 18. 
  • Civilian casualties in Afghanistan continue to rise while the United States forces continue to pull out of the country following President Joe Biden’s statement earlier this year. 
  • The Taliban has since taken control of 17 districts in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of troops. 

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Florida Schools Banned From Teaching Critical Race Theory

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  • On Thursday the Florida State Board of Education unanimously decided to ban critical race theory from being taught in classrooms.
  • Critical race theory is the idea that racism is systemically rooted in American society and has historically contributed to prejudice against people of color. 
  • Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis spearheaded the efforts to pass the amendment stating that critical race theory would teach children “the country is rotten and that our institutions are illegitimate.”
  • Florida is the latest state to ban critical race theory in schools following a Republican push to pass the amendment
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Saudi Arabia Tightens Hajj Restrictions Over Covid-19 Concerns

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  • Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that this year’s Hajj will be limited to 60,000 pilgrims, all from within the kingdom.
  • Foreigners will be barred from partaking in Hajj for the second year in a row due to health concerns related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Only adults aged 18 – 65 who have been vaccinated and selected by the kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry will be allowed to take part in the holy Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca.
  • Up to 2 million people typically perform Hajj each year, however the Covid-19 pandemic has severely limited the amount of participants as national guidelines hope to minimize the spread of the virus.
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New Exoplanet Believed to Have Water in its Atmosphere 

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  • A planet outside our solar system has been suspected of having clouds with water. The name of the exoplanet is TOI-1231 b and was discovered by scientists at NASA.
  • Scientists were able to find the mass and radius of the exoplanet, and therefore its density. Because the density is low, it is assumed that the planet is not as rocky as Earth and more gaseous.
  • The temperature of the exoplanet is believed to be around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is far cooler than other planets. The temperature is another reason for believing the presence of water in the atmosphere.
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Russia and US Relationship at Low Point Prior to Summit

  • Russia has announced that their relationship with the United States is extremely low, and that only this summit would be able to repair it. The summit next week in Geneva, Switzerland allows Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden to meet.
  • The summit comes after the US placed sanctions on Russia in April regarding election meddling in 2020. Russia has also recalled the US ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, in March.
  • Putin recently praised former US President Donald Trump, but expressed hopes that President Biden would be less impulsive. President Biden says he plans to bring up a number of complaints against Russia at the summit.
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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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