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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

  • The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Abune Mathias has condemned his own government on carrying out a genocide in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
  • 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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Violence In Jerusalem Escalates as 205 Palestinians are Injured 

  • 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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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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