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The Daily Brief: Blasts at Kabul Airport Kill At Least 70 People

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  • Two bombing attacks at Kabul Airport have killed at least 13 US Service members and 60 Afghans. Hundreds more were injured from the blasts. Ten US Marines were killed from the thirteen service members.
  • ISIS-K, which is ISIS from Khorasan, have claimed the attack. US President Joe Biden has ordered the military to “strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities.”
  • A spokesperson for the Pentagon said the blasts came from Kabul Airport’s Abbey Gate and one nearby at the Baron Hotel. The US and allies had warned of a potential attack shortly prior, but thousands were still present at the airport hoping to evacuate.
  • The Abbey Gate has been an extremely populated area, as it is the main entry to the airport. British soldiers used the Baron Hotel to process evacuations.
  • After the first blast, ISIS-K gunmen were reported to have opened fire on anyone near them, injuring US and Afghan citizens.
  • President Biden also vowed to “not forgive” and “not forget” the attack, while also threatening to hunt the perpetrators down and make them pay.
  • Biden also defended his decision to work with the Taliban in securing the airport, as both parties are interested in preventing any attack from ISIS.
  • The US and the UK are planning on continuing evacuations despite the attack, with Biden even ready to authorize more troops if necessary, and stating the US “will not be deterred by terrorists”.
  • Other countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, and Poland, are ending their evacuations this week or immediately.
  • A spokesman for the Taliban called the attack a “gruesome incident” and said they “will take every step to bring the culprits to justice.”
  • Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/asia/afghanistan-kabul-airport-blast-intl/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58351056

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/high-threat-terror-attack-disrupts-kabul-airport-evacuations-biden-deadline-n1277670

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Israeli Prime Minister to Meet With Biden to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated that he hoped to discuss with US President Joe Biden how to “fend off and curtail Iran’s pursuit to dominate the region and its race to a nuclear weapon” during their meeting.
  • Bennett met with the US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary on Wednesday, and is scheduled to meet with Biden on Friday. The meeting was delayed by one day due to the explosions at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan.
  • Israel’s main priority at the meeting with Biden is to persuade him to not reinstate the Iran nuclear deal, and to especially not revoke sanctions placed on Iran. 
  • Israel argues that Iran has already enriched uranium to an advanced level, and the deal is no longer relevant.

Sources:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/biden-monitors-afghanistan-violence-delays-new-israel-pm-meeting

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58315818

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-israel-iran-nuclear-caa64123fc7f84bfdc446315fceabdf4

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Hong Kong Humanoid Robot May Revolutionize Healthcare

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  • A Hong Kong robotics firm named Hansen Robotics has built an AI robot, named Grace, in order to assist doctors in general patient check-ups.
  • Hanson Robotics founder and CEO David Hanson has stated that robots like Grace are not meant to replace medical professional, rather they are intended to support them in assessing patient well-being.
  • The International Federation of Robots (IRF) has reported a 28% increase in medical robot sales between 2018 and 2019 and the organization predicts the sector’s value to increase even more in coming years.

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Contamination Report Brings Japan to Suspend 1.6 Million Moderna Doses

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  • Japan has suspended 1.63 million doses of the Moderna MRNA.O vaccine following contamination reports from the domestic distributor.
  • Both Japan and Moderna have claimed that the move is a precaution, however the suspension has pushed several companies in Japan to cancel worker vaccinations.
  • Moderna and Rovi, a Spanish pharma company which bottles vaccines for the UC vaccine maker have stated that the contamination may have been caused by a manufacturing issue in Rovi’s production line.

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Hong Kong Security Investigates Tiananmen Square Vigil Organizers

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  • A Hong Kong pro-democracy group that organizes annual vigils in Tiananmen Square to commemorate those who died in the 1989 protest crackdowns is now under investigation by Hong Kong’s National Security for allegedly being linked to foreign powers.
  • The nation’s national security unit sent a letter to the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China accusing the group of having foreign ties and requesting details regarding membership, finance, and activities.
  • The letter added that the information must be given to the Hong Kong police within 14 days or the group may face persecution

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Al Jazeera

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Trump Lawyers Slapped With Sanctions By Federal Judge

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  • Several lawyer aligned with former US President Donald Trump have received sanctions from U.S. District Judge Linda Parker for engagement “in litigation practices”
  • In Judge Parker’s 110 page opinion she stated “sanctions are required to deter the filing of future frivolous lawsuits designed primarily to spread the narrative that our election processes are rigged and our democratic institutions cannot be trusted”.
  • The lawyers had filed an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the state of Michigan’s 2020 election results Judge Parker described as “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process”

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Rise of Interest Rates in South Korea despite COVID

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  • Covid is known for causing financial imbalances. South Korea is beginning to heighten the interest rates to balance the economy. Pre- pandemic, interest rates were lower, making it easier for families around. However, the base rate has now risen noticeably. 
  • The rise of these interest rates can be potential threats all around to families that cannot pay off their debts. Not only that, but COVID still plays a role in the lives of many. Raising the interests can lead to recovery, as well as problems. 
  • Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-Yeol states that agreeing on raising the interest rates was harmonious. There was a lot of disagreement whether the people were ready to accept this. 
  • Furthermore, COVID Cases in Korea have not ceased. COVID’s presence is still felt in Korea and in many parts of the World.

Sources: 

https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/skorea-seen-delivering-its-first-pandemic-era-rate-hike-2021-08-25/

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/26/south-korea-hikes-interest-rates-the-first-developed-economy-to-do-so-in-pandemic-era.html

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Famous Soccer Player, Benjamin Mendy, Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault and Rape 

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  • Benjamin Mendy, a soccer player for the team Manchester city has been charged for rape and sexual harassment. The Cheshire Constabulary is given clearance to impose these allegations by The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service). 
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is a group which pursues and ends crimes. They are independent from the government. There move is to put Benjamin Mendy on trial for the the rape and sexual assaulted victims.  
  • August 27 2021 is when the trial for Mendy will be in action. For now, he will remain in Police Custody. 
  • His time in Police Custody will result in being suspended from the premier league champions. 

Sources: 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/football/benjamin-mendy-arrested-rape-allegations-spt-intl/index.html

https://www.cps.gov.uk/cps/news/man-charged-serious-sexual-offences-cheshire https://www.cps.gov.uk 

https://www.espn.com/soccer/manchester-city-engman_city/story/4462417/manchester-city-suspend-benjamin-mendy-amid-rape-sexual-assault-charges

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All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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 Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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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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