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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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Female Pilot To Be The First Teen To Fly Around The World

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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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Moderna Vaccine: A Prevention or an Increased Risk

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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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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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