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Covid-Wrecked India Faces Super Cyclone

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  • Cyclone Tauktae, a super cyclone formed in the Arabian Sea, is projected to wreak havoc along India’s coastline in coming weeks. 
  • High winds and rains caused by the storm  have already killed at least 6 people and flooded several towns.
  • The cyclone is moving northwards parallel to India’s west coast and is expected to reach the state of Gujarat by Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
  • The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts the cyclone to bring wind speeds of about 150-160 kilometers per hour (93-99 mph).
  • The IMD has also issued an “orange alert” for the west Indian state of Maharashtra which will likely see heavy rainfall due to the storm.
  • About 25,000 government rescue workers have been stationed in states expected to receive the brunt of Cyclone Tauktae, including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. 
  • Mass evacuations are also underway in these states as thousands leave their homes to escape the super cyclone.
  • The cyclone may cause further damage to India’s healthcare situation by cutting off vital roadways and electricity sources due to flooding and property damage.
  • COVID hospitals in regions expected to be hit by the storm are solidifying their resources to ensure that the flow of power and oxygen remains uninterrupted for patients.
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Israel Moves into its Seventh Day of Bombarding Palestine, Claiming More Than 190 Lives

  • Israel has now entered its seventh day of consecutive air raids into the Gaza Strip claiming at least 42 Palestinian lives.
  • Israeli occupied West Bank has incurred the loss of 13 Palestinians while the Gaza Strip faces more than 190 deaths in just the last week.
  • Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets in Gaza, the West Bank, and around the world to protest Israel’s actions 
  • Layla Hallaq, a Palestinian activist based in Haifa, said “What is remarkable is that within ’48 [modern-day Israel, with reference to the 1948 declaration of the state], Palestinians who have long been ignored or deemed as ‘Israeli Arabs’ are once again restating powerfully that they are Palestinians.”
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The Taliban and Afghani Government Officials Meet in Qatar

  • After almost a year since their last attempt at negotiations Afghanistan and the Taliban restart peace talks in Doha.
  • Discussions were previously stalled by increased violence as the United States attempted to pull the last of their troops from Afghanistan on May 1.
  • The negotiating team representing the Afghan government tweeted “The two sides discussed the on-going situation of the country and emphasised speeding up the peace talks in Doha.”
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US Muslim Groups Boycott White House Eid Celebration

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  • Prominent Muslim groups in the US deciced to boycott White House Eid celebrations this year.
  • The Biden Administration held a virtual Eid event on May 16 to commemorate the end of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims.
  • US Muslim advocacy groups did not partake in the event or encourage other Muslims to do so because of the Biden Administration’s support for Israel.
  • Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), stated that CAIR “cannot in good conscience celebrate Eid with the Biden Administration while it literally aids, abets and justifies the Israeli apartheid government’s indiscriminate bombing of innocent men, women and children in Gaza,”
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Chile’s Upcoming Elections to Possibly Bring Revolutionary Change to the Country

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  • This year Chile’s elections will not only bring new mayors, governors and city councillors to power, it will choose 155 representatives to draft the country’s new constitution.
  • Chile’s original constitution was written under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the 1980’s.
  • The country took extensive security measures to protect ballots such as stationing more than 23,000 troops to protect the sealed ballot boxes at 2,700 polling posts across the country.
  • Voter turnout has not been very high due to Covid-19, however many Chileans are excitedly anticipating the results of this historic election.
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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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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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