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Building Collapses Near Miami, Leaves Several Injured and Missing

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  • A 12-story residential building has collapsed north in Surfside, Florida killing 1 person, injuring 11, and leaving 99 unaccounted for.
  • 102 people have been located, 35 of whom were pulled from the rubble by rescuers. 
  • The cause of the 41 year old building’s collapse, which destroyed half of its 130 units, is unclear.
  • Several Latin American migrants have been reported missing following the collapse.
  • During the search for survivors a small fire erupted in the wreckage, however it was quickly doused.
  • Miami-Dade fire chief Raide Jadallah said that the search for missing people in the remains was aided by sonar and search cameras as well as specially trained dogs, however the process is “slow and methodical” due to the risk of shifting rubble.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that “The TV doesn’t do [the building] justice. It is really, really traumatic to see the collapse of a massive structure like that”.
  • President Joe Biden comforted Floridians with the following words, “I say to the people of Florida, whatever help you want, what the federal government can provide, we’re waiting, just ask us. We’ll be there”.
  • Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) have already reached Surfside and are aiding the situation.
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Palestine Monetary Authority Considers Creating its own Digital Currency

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  • Palestine’s central bank, the Palestine Monetary Authority, has announced that it is considering creating its own digital currency. As of now, Israeli shekels are mainly used in Palestine, along with the Jordanian dinar and US dollar.
  • Palestine made an agreement with Israel in the 1990s agreeing to not create their own currency. Some experts have doubts whether the Palestinian economy is strong enough to sustain its own currency.
  • Palestinian banks currently follow Israeli regulations that have recently been hurting their economy, such as the prevention of large cash transactions, and the restricted amount of shekels allowed to transfer back to Israel. Palestinian banks are left with an excess of shekels. 

Russia Warns of Future Attack After British Ship Passes Through Black Sea

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  • Russia has announced that it is prepared to fire at and drop bombs on targets that are intruding in Russian territory. This comes after a British ship was passing through the Black Sea, which is allegedly Russian territory.
  • Russia claimed that it sent warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of the British ship, but the UK says that neither of those things occurred. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said those waters are Ukrainian, not Russian, and therefore completely appropriate to use.
  • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russian waters will be protected “by all means, diplomatic, political and military…” and that the government is prepared to “…drop bombs and not just in the path but right on target, if colleagues don’t get it otherwise.”
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Modi Meets Kashmiri Leaders for First Time After Revoked Autonomy

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  • India’s prime minister Narenda Modi met with top pro-India Kashmiri politicians of various parties for the first time since the region was deprived of its semi-autonomous status and faced a widespread crackdown nearly two years ago.
  • The Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, who both claim authority of the region in its entirety – the region has been semi-autonomous with its own statehood prior to the New Delhi crackdown.
  • Kashmiri politicians state Kashmiris have felt “humiliated” by the changes initiated in 2019 leading to a loss of civil rights for many, including limited to none internet and phone access, lockdowns, and strict curbs on movement and other services.
  • Regional leaders have called for a complete reversal of the New Dehli laws with restoration of statehood and autonomy in Kashmir.

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More Than 700 Unmarked Graves of Indigenous Children Discovered in Canada

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  • Approximately 751 unmarked graves of Indigenous children at the site of a former boarding school in Canada have been discovered, in a second chilling unraveling of the nation’s troubled history with Indigenous people and state-run Christian schools.
  • The burial site at Saskatchewan draws attention to the harrowing treatment of Indigenous children at state-run boarding schools, where they were often forcibly separated from families, abused, and prohibited from speaking their languages.
  • Oral traditions of Indigenous people have mentioned the disappearance of thousands of such children, but have been met with skepticism – the latest discoveries have provided evidence for the “cultural genocide” some experts say Indigenous people suffered.
  • Canada currently has an Indigenous population of 1.7 million citizens (around 4.9% of the population) – for many, the discovery of the graves brings to light centuries of discrimination and impacts of colonialism on families and generation.
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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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