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Canadian Businessman Sentenced to Eleven Years by Chinese Court

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  • Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman, has been sentenced to eleven years in prison by a Chinese court for espionage.
  • Spavor, along with businessman Michael Kovrig, have been detained for the past two years.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the conviction, stating it was “absolutely unacceptable and unjust,” and had “a lack of transparency in the legal process, and a trial that did not satisfy even the minimum standards required by international law”.
  • US Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her support with Trudeau, stating she was in “strong solidarity with Canada regarding the issue of two Canadian citizens unjustly detained by China.”
  • Some have accused the conviction of both these men as “hostage diplomacy,” and a means for political bargaining.
  • The Intermediate People’s Court of Dandong City stated, “For the crime of spying and illegal provision of state secrets abroad [Spavor] has been sentenced to 11 years in jail, confiscation of 50,000 yuan ($7,715: £5,578) worth of personal property and deportation.”
  • The court stated Spavor would be deported, but it is unclear whether it is before or after his prison sentence. The trial was held behind closed doors, and no evidence or information pertaining to the trial has been released.
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British Citizen Arrested for Spying for Russian Intelligence Service

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  • A British citizen, Davis S, was arrested in Germany for allegedly spying for Russia. He worked at the British Embassy in Berlin, and was detained in the city of Potsdam.
  • He was accused of passing documents to the Russian intelligence service in exchange for money. The UK and Germany worked together on this investigation, with MI5 and British Police being involved as well.
  • The German Foreingn Minister stated that the allegations are being taken “extremely seriously” and that “spying on a close ally on German soil is absolutely unacceptable and we are in full solidarity with our British friends”.

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Hackers Stole and Returned Millions of Cryptocurrency from Poly Network

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  • Hackers stole $600 million in cryptocurrency from the  blockchain platform Poly Network, but then returned $260 million back. This is one of the largest cryptocurrency thefts in history.
  • Poly Network posted a message to the hacker on Twitter, urging the hacker to return the money because it is from ”tens of thousands of crypto community members” and the hacker “should talk to us to work out a solution”.
  • The hacker published a three page long Q&A with the returned money, stating he is “not very interested in money,” and that he took “the responsibility to expose the vulnerability” before someone else exploited it, and he prefers “to stay in the dark and save the world”.

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Algeria Wildfires Spread, Killing Over 60

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  • The death toll in Algeria rises to 69 as wildfires ravage over northern Algeria, 28 of those being soldiers deployed to detain the flames.
  • Turkey and Greece have also experienced the same effects of the intense heat wave of 48 degrees Celcius/118 degrees Fahrenheit, battling deadly wildfire outbreaks over their countries. 
  • Authorities suspect arson in some cases, taking unannounced officials into custody. Minister Kamel Beldjoud backed arsonist speculation although without substantial proof, stating “Only criminal hands can be behind the simultaneous outbreak of about 50 fires across several localities.”
  • Beginning Thursday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced three days of mourning over the lost lives, 

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Landslide in India Traps Over A Dozen

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  • A landslide in Himachal Pradesh, India has killed 10 people and trapped around 30. 
  • The landslide caused large boulders to slide down the mountain which blocked around 150 meters of a  major highway, crushing and burying vehicles. 
  • Although landslides occur more often in India’s Himilayan region, incidences such as this one are heavily affected by the changing climate and badly regulated roads. 
  • It’s estimated that 60 people are still trapped under the debris, as rescue teams compiling of over 200 people will continue missions into the night to find survivors. 

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North Korea Says “Hostile Acts” By US And South Korea Threaten “Serious Security Crises”

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  • Kim Yong Chol, A North Korea senior official, condemned the United States and South Korea for their “hostile acts” in response to North Korea’s displeasure at the upcoming military exercises to occur between the two nations.  
  • Chol stated “a serious security crisis” was threatened as the military drills signified exacerbated tensions and a defied opportunity of peace between the countries. 
  • President Joe Biden asked for Pyongyang to partake in “practical” engagements, while United States State Department Representative Ned Price announced the U.S. “harbors no hostile intent” towards North Korea, but will remain “committed to the security of South Korea.” 

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Kabul Could Be Overtaken in Months As Taliban Continue Advancing Over Afghanistan

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  • Taliban fighters have secured nine provincial capitals in Afghanistan, forcing thousands of citizens into displacement and perpetrating violence against hundreds in recent weeks. 
  • The Afghani Army chief General Wali Mohammed Ahmadzai was recently replaced in response, although he has barely held the position for two months. 
  • Interior Minister General Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal stated the Taliban’s advances came after limited air support and aftereffects of most US and NATO troops leaving the country. 
  • In a three step plan, Mirzakwal claimed the government was working with local leaders, stating the first step was to “stop the defeats [of the government forces], the second is to re-gather [government] forces to create security rings around the cities… [and] The third is to begin offensive operations. At the moment, [the government] is moving into the second phase.”

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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.

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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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