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Billionaire Jeff Bezos Heads To Outer Space

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  • Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos embarked on an eleven minute trip to space and back on Tuesday, making him the second billionaire in a week to undertake such a trip.
  • Bezos traveled on a rocket that was developed by his company, Blue Origin, crossing the boundary known as the Karman Line.
  • Accompanying Bezos was his brother, Mark Bezos, an 82 year old aviator enthusiast named Wally Funk and 18 year old student Oliver Daemen. 
  • Bezos picked July 20th as the launch date because of the symmetry with the June 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Mission Landing on the moon.
  • The recent private expeditions into space represent the emergence of space travel tourism.
  • Last week, Virgin entrepreneur Richard Branson flew to outer space, financed through his company, Virgin Galactic. 
  • Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX seek to connect thrill seekers with space travel, with plans for additional launches and even a moon landing later this year.

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Afghan Rockets Land Near Presidential Palace During Muslim Holy Festival of Sacrifice

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  • Three rockets landed near the Afghani presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday.
  • The explosions occurred during prayers services for Eidul Adha, the Muslim holy festival of sacrifice.
  • President Ashraf Ghani continued with the congregational prayers, despite the explosions nearby.
  • The Islamic State Group (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Presidential Elections in Peru Lead to Win By Left WIng Former Teacher 

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  • Elections in Peru have designated Pedro Castillo, a rural leftist and former elementary school teacher as president-elect – Castillo defeated right-wing Keiko Fujimori, who often represented Peruvian elite.
  • Mr. Castillo won the election by a margin 44,000 votes; this led to the third loss for Ms. Fujimori, who in the past has accused the president-elect of electoral fraud and illegitimacy although she accepted his victory on Monday.
  • A teacher of 25 years living in a poor Andean region, Mr. Castillo will be the first left-wing President of Peru in more than a generation and also the first to have lived most of his life as a “campesino” or peasant.
  • While his election has deeply divided the Andean nation, Mr. Castillo called for collective unity and promised greater outcomes for Peru’s poorer sectors of society – he popularized the phrase “no more poor in a rich country” as the pandemic crushed the economy of Peru, leading to a poverty rate of almost one-third the nation’s population.
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Britain Deploys Two Warships in Asian Waters

  • Britain has said it will deploy two permanent warships in Asian waters on Tuesday as it strengthens ties with Japan, a close ally of the United States – the ships will be sent to territories where China is viewed as an increasing threat, vying for territorial power along with the U.S. and Japan.
  • U.K. Defense Minister Ben Wallace has stated the warships will be a new move towards increased security cooperation between the U.K. and Japan.
  • The deployment is a sign of Britain’s growing regional engagement – the warships will be deployed after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and escort ships sail to Japan in September.
  • The Queen Elizabeth and accompanying ships will enter Japan through the South China sea in parts that are claimed by China and South East Asian countries.

Ben and Jerry’s Announces Its Withdrawal of Markets in the West Bank

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  • Ben and Jerry’s has announced it will withdraw its sales from Israeli-occupied territories stating that the sale of its products in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was “inconsistent with our values.”
  • The Vermont-based popular ice cream brand has had a reputation for being politically vocal on controversial issues – it has endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement and supported criminal justice reform systems – their latest support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which seeks to put economic and political pressure on Israel, is viewed as one of the most contentious.
  • The decision was met by anger by several prominent Israelis, with Prime MInister Bennett calling the company’s decision “morally wrong,” stating there would be “severe consequences” from the decision – Israel’s Foreign Minister called the move “a disgraceful capitulation.”
  • The BDS Movement praised the decision, stating it was a “decisive step towards ending the company’s complicity in Israel’s occupation and violation of Palestinian rights.”

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Immense Flooding Drowns Streets and Subway System in Central China

  • Unusually heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in central China, causing entire neighborhoods to be filled with water 1 yard deep.
  • The city of Zhenghzou’s subway system has become inundated with water, leaving at least 1 person dead and 2 others missing.
  • Henan province issued their highest level weather warning and evacuated over 10,000 people in response to the record rainfall. 
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Largest Active US Wildfire Burns Through More Than 340,000 Acres of Land

  • The Oregon Bootleg fire is currently the largest wildfire in the US having scorched through an area greater than the city of Los Angeles. 
  • The fire, which has only been 30% contained, is one of at least 83 wildfires currently plaguing the US as the country struggles with hot and dry weather intensified by climate change.
  • The Bootleg fire, named after the neatby Bootleg Spring, has destroyed more than 160 homes and caused at least 2,000 people to evacuate. 
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Mali Interim President Targeted With Knife Attack at Eid Prayers

  • Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita was targeted with a stabbing attempt at the Grand Mosque in the capital of Bamako after Eid-ul-Adha prayers. 
  • The attacker was immediately subdued by nearby security forces and Goita was moved to a safe location.
  • Later on Tuesday Goita spoke to the public announcing that he was “very well” and that such events are “part of being a leader”
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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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