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Afghanistan Faces Drone Attacks, Safe Passage Resolutions, and Deadly Final Evacuations

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Summary:

  • A Sunday afternoon drone attack conducted by the US military killed 10 civilians in Kabul, including children.
  • The victims of the attack were from the Ahmadi and Nejrabi families and were aged from 2 to 40 years old.
  • The US claims that the attack was targeted at the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISIS-K).
  • The US was hit back by an air rocket attack aimed at Kabul international Airport where US forces have gathered to facilitate mass evacuations.
  • The rocket attack was conducted just 1 day before the US troop withdrawal deadline of August 31.
  • As preparation for US departure from Afghanistan the UN Security Council has approved a safe passage resolution which aims to ensure that exit from the country remains open civilians.
  • The US and several other countries released a joint statement assuring the public that the Taliban has agreed to allow exit to people with eligible travel documents to depart the country.
  • 98 nations have promised to open their doors to civilians fleeing Afghanistan.

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Hurricane Ida Leaves Carnage and Destruction in its Wake

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  • Ida has been downgraded from the status of a hurricane to a tropical storm, however the threat of flooding from the tremendous rains remains.
  • Rescue workers are continuing their search for missing persons while millions of Louisiana citizens remain without electricity.
  • Beyond electric failure, the storm has halted water supply for 300,000 residents and forced an additional 2,000 people to move to shelters.

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Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Meet in Their First High-Level Meeting in Over a Decade

  • Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, met in a rare meeting this week to discuss ways to strengthen Israel and Palestine relations. 
  • Israel has agreed to advance the Palestinian Authority $155 Million, they will recognize the status of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, issue 16,000 work permits and 1,000 building permits to Palestinians living in parts of the West Bank. 
  • Gantz hopes to strengthen the Palestinian Authority while weakening Hamas’ power in the area. Hamas leaders condemned the meeting stating that it “further complicates the Palestinian situation.”
  • This meeting comes amidst continuous border clashes between Israeli authorities and Palestinian civilians. In recent weeks, an Israeli officer succumbed to a gunshot wound and two Palestinians, aged 12 and 32, were shot and killed by Israeli armed forces during border protests. 

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North Korea Appears to Expand Banned Nuclear program in New UN Report

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  • In a recent report, the UN Nuclear Agency found indications of new nuclear activity at the Yongbyon facility, including the release of cooling water since July 2021. This is the first sign of activity at the North Korean facility since 2018. 
  • Since their expulsion from North Korea in 2009, the International Atomic Energy Agency has monitored the country’s Nuclear activities from afar via satellites. 
  • The UN states the new activity at the 5-Mega Reactor site, was “deeply troubling” and that they fear that the country is expanding their nuclear arsenal.
  • South Korean officials indicate they are continuously monitoring North Korea’s missile and nuclear activity in close cooperation with the United States. 

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California Fires Continue To Ravage The State With New Fires Growing Rapidly

  • With dry and hot conditions continuing across the state, the latest fire in Southern California, Chaparral Fire, has already burned more than 1,400 acres and is only 10% contained since this Saturday.
  • Chaparral Fire is one of many burning across the state. The largest being the Dixie fire, which has already burned 764,000 acres in almost 2 months and is currently 48% percent contained. 
  • The Caldor Fire has prompted evacuation orders to the tourist area of Lake Tahoe. Fearing its spread to more populated areas of the state, authorities have made containing the Caldor fire a priority.
  • More than 1.66 Million acres have burned in California this year alone. The increase in wildfires across the Western United States has been attributed to global warming.

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Non-Essential Travel Declines in US as Covid Cases Rise

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  • Amidst a rise in Covid-19 cases in the US, the European Union has recommended that all non-essential travel be halted, which is a reversal from their advice in June lifting restrictions for the tourism season.
  • Domestic travel in the US has significantly decreased in the recent months with many travelers changing their plans due to the Delta variant’s increase in infections.
  • Singapore is currently the most vaccinated country, with 80% of its population having received both doses. The United Arab Emirates, Chile, and Uruguay have more than 70% of their populations fully vaccinated.

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More Than 500 Migrants Rescued From Fishing Boat in Italian Waters

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  • More than 500 migrants were rescued off a fishing boat near the Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday. Some of the migrants seemed to be victims of physical assault.
  • Prosecutors in Italy have opened an investigation into the incident, and some believe that the migrants were falsely imprisoned in Libya. Many of the passengers were from Africa, and some were from Bangladesh.
  • Among the passengers were three women and several children. Alida Serrachieri, a nurse from Doctors Without Borders, stated at least twenty migrants underwent burn and firearm wounds.

UN Announces End of Leaded Gas Use in Cars

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  • The U.N. Environment Programme announced the end of leaded gas use in cars worldwide after Algeria, the last country to still sell leaded gas, stopped its sale.
  • After researchers discovered that leaded gas could potentially cause heart disease, brain damage, and premature deaths, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a campaign in 2002 to end its use.
  • The UNEP stated that 1.2 million premature deaths will be prevented due to this latest milestone, and $2.44 trillion will be saved every year. Leaded gas is still used in the aviation industry for small aircrafts.

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China Restricts Online Gaming for Minors to Three Hours a Week

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  • China has imposed a rule allowing children under 18 to only play online games on Fridays, weekends, and holidays between 8pm and 9pm, totaling three hours per week. China stated this is for the betterment of children’s mental and physical health
  • Online gaming companies have been asked to enforce these new regulations, and inspections of these companies will be more frequent to check their adequate enforcement.
  • In 2019, China restricted gaming for minors to 90 minutes per day which could not be done between the hours of 10 PM and 8 AM. The measures also restricted microtransactions, in-game purchases, to a maximum amount of $28 to $57.

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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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