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Afghanistan Explosion Kills 30, Majority Being Young Female Students

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  • At least 30 people were killed this Saturday near Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school in Kabul, Afghanistan where an explosion detonated at around 5:30PM local time. 
  • The explosion was a series of three back to back blasts set off during the school’s female student hour. Over 50 were injured, the majority of which were female students. 
  • Eyewitnesses on the scene claimed to have seen the first explosion from a minivan parked outside the school. Staff from the hospital where dozens of injured were taken claimed the second two blasts seemed “improvised.”
  • Authorities have not released any statements about the cause or the target of the alleged attack, and no group has taken responsibility. 
  • The explosion comes after a week of attacks from the Taliban responding to current US President Joe Biden’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in hopes of a cease-fire. 
  • Afghani President Ashraf Ghani released statements blaming the Taliban, stating that they have “once again [shown] that they are not only reluctant to resolve the current crises peacefully and fundamentally, but [are] complicating the situation.” 
  • Although the Western district dominated by the ethinic Hazra minority group is frequented by terrorist attacks, the Taliban have taken to social media to condemn the deaths and refute responsibility. 
  • Officials have said that the attack could “exacerbate sectarian tensions” as fears increase, having the potential to escalate into a civil war if peace agreements continue to stall and terrorist groups push deadly offensive strategies. 
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/8/blasts-kill-dozens-near-school-in-afghan-capital-kabul

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/world/asia/bombing-school-afghanistan.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/militants-attack-afghan-school-girls-killing-25-people-in-blast-11620486329

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church Decries Tigray Genocide

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  • The Patriarch addressed millions of the church’s followers in a video saying that Tigray is experiencing “the carnage of people” as government forces act with “the highest brutality and cruelty.”
  • Abune Mathias is the sixth patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and a native of the northern Tigray region. He has lived in exile for 30 years due to his criticism of Ethiopia’s former communist regime. 
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  • As thousands of Muslims said their prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque near the Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli forces stormed the mosque and wounded more than 200 Palestinians.
  • Following the raid, intense violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth ensued in which at least 63 people were injured.
  • Palestinians lit fires, threw stones, and tore down police barricades while Israeli police mounted on horses and used stun grenades and water cannons to disperse Palestinians.
  • Tensions in Jerusalem have been on the rise as Jewish settlers claim land in East Jerusalem, threatening Palestinians with eviction from the region.
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France Calls For Bans on Vaccine Exports From U.S.

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  • French president Emmanuel Macron has called for the U.S. to lift restrictions on exports of Covid-19 vaccines and ingredients, as unequal vaccine distributions have led to a gap between high and low income countries.
  • Countries such as South Africa and India have called for patent waivers that would release secret vaccine recipes, a plan supported by the World Health Organization and the Pope, but viewed with skepticism by some EU leaders.
  • Macron called for the U.S. in particular to increase vaccine production and lift restrictions on vaccine exports as a solution to the crisis in which developing countries have less than 1% of global vaccine doses.
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Myanmar Labels Rival Group as Terrorists

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  • Military rulers in Myanmar have designated a group of opposing lawmakers operating an undercover government known as the National Unity Government to be a terrorist organization responsible for bombings, killings, and state-controlled media.
  • The National Unity Government itself calls the military a “terrorist force” and announced this week that it would set up a People’s Defence Force to protect supporters from military violence.
  • Myanmar’s state television announced that the NUG and People’s Defence Force would be covered under anti-terrorism law, stating their actions have threatened to destroy government.
  • Anti-coup protests continued against the military government on Saturday.
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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.”
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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
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  • 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%. 
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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. 
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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.
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