- Australia has deployed troops and defense officials to the Solomon Islands after a formal request from the Prime Minister as protests continue for a second day in the capital, Honiara.
- Protestors are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and expressing anger over various domestic issues and strong ties with China.
- Buildings have been set on fire and stores looted, according to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), who have used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up violence.
- Prime Minister Sogavare called a 36-hour lockdown lasting until Friday morning, but demonstrations occurred nonetheless.
- When discussing the deployment of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hoped that their “presence will seek to calm the situation in the Solomon Islands.”
- In 2019, Prime Minister Sogavare cut ties with Taiwan while strengthening diplomatic ties with China, angering many residents from Malaita, which is where most of the protestors are from, according to local media.
- The Malaita province has refused to follow the national government and recognize China, with Malaitan leader Daniel Suidani maintaining an informal relationship with Taiwan.
- Opposition Leader Matthew Wale and Suidani have both called for Prime Minister Sogavare’s resignation.
Interpol Elects Controversial UAE Official as President
- Interpol elected General Ahmed Naser al-Raisi as its new president at the annual General Assembly. He received 68.9% of the votes and will hold the position for the next four years.
- Al-Raisi is the Inspector General for the interior ministry in the United Arab Emirates. He has also been accused of torture and other human rights abuses.
- The UAE has rejected the allegations against al-Raisi, declaring that “any legal complaint that may be filed with allegations against al-Raisi is without merit and will be rejected.”
Deadly Accident in Siberian Mine
- Miners and members of a rescue team were killed at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Siberia on Thursday.
- At least 52 miners are presumed dead, along with 6 rescuers, as a result of coal dust catching fire.
- Approximately 285 people were in the mine when it caught fire; many escaped as soon as the fire started.
- Rescue efforts have been hampered by methane gas circulating through the mine.
Protests For Civilian Rule Continue in Sudan
- Rioters in Sudan clashed with security forces in Khartoum on Thursday.
- The protesters are opposed to a power sharing agreement between the military and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was recently released from house arrest.
- The protestors are in favor of an entirely civilian government.
- Sudan has been plagued by civil unrest since the military took over the government in late October 2021.
Deadly Bombing In Mogadishu Kills Eight
- Eight people were killed and another 17 injured in a terrorist attack near Mogadishu, Somali on Thursday.
- The Al-Qaeda linked group Al Shabab has claimed responsibility.
- Al-Shabab said that their intended target was a UN convoy passing through the area.
- Amongst the injured are school children from a nearby primary and secondary school
Dozens Killed In Water Passage Across English Channel
- At least 27 people died on Thursday while trying to cross the Channel between France and the United Kingdom.
- The migrants were traveling by inflatable boat, a route that has become popular since authorities began to crack down on smuggling via railway and trucks.
- The tragedy has caused both countries to reexamine migrant policy in order to create safe and legal passage to the United Kingdom.
- Human rights organizations have called for a just policy that acknowledges the dire situations that migrants leave in order to undertake the perilous journey across the Channel.
Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”
- 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.
China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan
- 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.
First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade
- 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.”
Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession
- 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.
North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test￼
- 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.
Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany
- 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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