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Afghanistan Faces Uncertain Economic Future as Biden Faces Critics

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  • U.S. President Joe Biden held firm on his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, in an address to the nation on Tuesday evening.
  • Biden emphasized that he committed to ending the war in Afghanistan, when campaigning for the office of President.
  • He explained that the U.S. role had become murky, in terms of peacekeeping and hunting down terrorists versus nation building.
  • Many have criticized not just the ill-executed withdrawal, but the almost immediate reoccupation by the Taliban.
  • In Afghanistan, the Taliban are struggling to maintain order and ensure a smooth transition of rule.
  • The near stagnant economy is causing panic as the job market is nonexistent and those who are employed have not been paid in months.
  • There is fear of reprisal against minorities as reports have spread of the murder of 14 Hazara.
  • The country is also facing a severe food shortage, with UN predictions of a humanitarian food crisis.

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Texas Enacts Strictest Abortion Law Since Roe v. Wade

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  • A law went into effect on Wednesday in Texas, banning most abortions after 6 weeks.
  • This is the strictest law in the nation and has stirred significant controversy, largely along party lines.
  • Known as Senate Bill 8, it prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, which is at about 6 weeks.
  • The Supreme Court has been asked to block the law, but has yet to respond.

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4 killed and 80 Feared Missing After Convoy Ambushed in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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  • 4 civilians have been killed while 80 are feared missing in an ambush in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  
  • Officials are actively working to find and free all missing hostages after the armed group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked and torched 14 vehicles and 2 trucks of the army-protected convoy. 
  • Hoping to decrease civilian attacks, officials declared martial law in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu in May 2021, however, there has been an uptake in attacks since the declaration. 
  • Locals fear that the military is slow to respond to the ongoing attacks that have plagued the region for years and that more work needs to be done to prevent such attacks in the future. 

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  • TV host, Yves de M’Bella, has been given a 12 month suspended jail sentence and fined two million CFA francs, for condoning rape, after a guest, introduced as a former rapist, used a mannequin to act out the sexual assault on his prime time TV show. 
  • De M’Bella assisted the guest by laying the mannequin down for him while laughing and asking the guest to explain in detail how he committed rape. 
  • The private channel, Nouvelle Chaine Ivorienne (NCI) was immediately inundated with numerous complaints about the segment, and many called for the show to be canceled and that de M’Bella and his team be sanctioned. 
  • NCI has since suspended de M’Bella, condemned the episode, and vows to never rebroadcast it. 

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70 Students Kidnapped From High School In Northern Nigeria

  • Gunmen known as “bandits” demanded ransom from the parents of the students on Wednesday. 
  • Some students have been released and others have been murdered. 
  • This is one of many school kidnappings in Nigeria since December. 
  • Zamfara state police are continuing their rescue efforts.  

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Damage To Russian Segment of The ISS Leads to Safety Concerns

  • Russian officials warn that aging in-flight equipment on the Russian segment of the International Space Station will lead to equipment failure and safety hazards.
  • Cracks were found on the Zarya module, a cargo module launched in 1998 and is now used for storage. 
  • Air leaks are a concern on the Zvezda service module.    
  • Corruption and budget cuts have often plagued the Russian space program. 
  • Russia’s space program will continue their ventures despite the recent troubles.  

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Prime Minister Trudeau Calls For Early Election on September 20

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  • Canada’s prime minister is insisting on a snap election, claiming it will be an important step in Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Mr. Trudeau’s party currently holds the minority government, which lasts two years. 
  • If Mr. Trudeau wins the election, it will allow his Liberal party to pursue mandates for pandemic recovery, climate change action, affordability, and cost of living. 
  • Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservatives, has criticized the prime minister’s decision to call for an election. 
  • Mr. O’Toole believes holding an election as Canada experiences another COVID-19 wave will further set the country back in recovery efforts. 

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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