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The Daily Brief: Ashraf Ghani Pledges Return After Fleeing Country to Avoid Bloodshed

Former Afghani President stated in a Facebook video that he’d left the country to stop “dreadful disaster,” denying claims of taking large sums of money and stating hopes to uphold Afghani national values.

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  • Former Afghani president Ashraf Ghani reported from the United Arab Emirates after fleeing Afghanistan, posting a video on Facebook claiming he left to avoid bloodshed. 
  • Ghani’s whereabouts were unknown until the UAE foreign ministry announced that they’d welcomed Ghani on humanitarian grounds this Wednesday. 
  • Ghani said in the video posted on Facebook that he left to stop the “dreadful disaster” of being “hanged in front of the eyes of the people of Afghanistan.”  
  • Ambassador Mohammed Zahir Aghbar accused Ghani of taking millions of dollars from the country after his departure, which the former president proclaimed to be a “baseless lie.”
  • He also announced the possibility of returning to Afghanistan to “continue efforts for justice, true Islamic and national values.” 
  • Hundreds of thousands of Afghani citizens crowd the international airport in Kabul, attempting to leave the country following the Taliban takeover. 
  • Following remarks supporting his original decision to pull out troops from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden pledged to evacuate as many Afghani citizens who were at high risk of being targeted by the Taliban. The US state department listed countries helping with the relocation of refugees, a few of them including Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, and Uganda. 
  • The Taliban have claimed they strive for “amnesty,” but many remain skeptical of the reality of life under the extremist groups rule as they continue with constant monotonization of citizens. 

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  • Zara Rutherford, a 19-year-old pilot, has dreams of becoming the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. 
  • Rutherford will go from Belgium to England, then spend three months flying over deserts and oceans. She’s garnered permission from 52 countries to stop in to recharge on her three month long trip.
  • She aims to take the place of Shaestis Wais, the current record holder for women at 30 years old. 
  • Rutherford also hopes her journey will pave the way in “encourage[ing] girls to go into” STEM fields. She will be starting University next year with the hopes of becoming an astronaut. 

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Rain Falls On Greenland Ice Sheet

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  • For the first time in recorded history, Greenland recorded rain around 2 miles above sea level at the summit of the ice sheet. 
  • The rain fell for 13 hours around the National Science Foundations Summit Station. Temperatures at the summit went above freezing yet again, creating conditions for the heaviest rainfall since 1950. 
  • Jenifer Mercer, an officer for the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation stated that the event creates possibilities of “weather events that [The Foundation has] not had to deal with before in the history of our operations there,” meaning potential high winds, melting, and more. 
  • A climate report released by the United Nations stated that Greenlands descent into melting was heavily affected by the emissions of fossil fuels. Mercer states the effect of the rainfall will be “visible in ice core records in the future.”

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  • A recent report issued by United States Health Officials claimed that the Moderna vaccine is linked to increasing heart inflammation in young adults, primarily amongst males under 30. 
  • The inflammation was shown to come after the second dosage of the vaccine, impacting the heart and its outer lining. 
  • The analyzed data revealed that individuals who received the Moderna vaccine increased the risk of myocarditis 2.5 times more in comparison to those who received the Pfizer vaccine. 
  • The likelihood of being affected is very small, and cases in which the individual gets myocarditis are shown to have very mild side effects. 

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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 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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