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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.”
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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.

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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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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.

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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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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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