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The Daily Brief: Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency as Humanitarian Crisis in Tigray Worsens

War crimes and famine push the government of Ethiopia to declare a nationwide state of emergency with the goal of controlling citizens amid a war.

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  • The war in Tigray has led to a humanitarian crisis littered with rape, famine, and numerous other atrocious war crimes.
  • Ethiopia’s council of ministers has now declared a nationwide state of emergency following the advancement of Tigray forces on Dessie and Kombolcha in the neighbouring Amhara region.
  • The majority of northern Ethiopia is under a communications blackout resulting in information not being verified by third-party sources.
  • The current state of emergency will allow for roadblocks, curfews, and military takeovers to be established.
  • The Ethiopian government has announced that violators of any state of emergency rules will face three to 10 years in prison.
  • With the situation continuously worsening for Tigray citizens, hope for reform is dwindling.
  • Thousands of citizens have been left to starve, raped, and killed, with more than 2.5 million people forced to their homes.

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More Than A Hundred Nations Pledge to End Deforestation by 2030 at COP26

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  • Numerous countries join the United States and European Union in pledging to drop methane emissions by 30% this decade.
  • More than a hundred countries have also pledged to end deforestation by 2030, however their promise faces strict criticism from environmental groups that feel this pledge will fall through much like a similar plan made by 200 countries and organizations in 2014.
  • The United Nations continues to stress the need to reduce carbon emissions in order to prevent impending global warming.

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US Election Day: Virginia, New Jersey, and Other Highlights

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  • November 2nd marks Election Day in the US, with Virginia’s governor race bearing the spotlight as Democratic incumbent Terry McAuliffe runs against Republican Glenn Youngkin in a race too close to call.
  • New Jersey’s governor race is also being watched closely as Democratic incumbent Phil Murphy easily takes the lead in polls, but has not solidified a win against Republican Jack Ciattarelli.
  • Voters in Minneapolis are the first in the country to be able cast a vote on a policing matter. The controversial question asks whether to replace the city’s police department with a public safety department.

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Explosion in Kabul Hospital Kills at Least 20

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  • An explosion at Kabul’s Daoud Khan Military hospital on Tuesday killed at least 20 people and injured dozens.
  • The first explosion was followed by gunfire, after which a second, larger explosion occurred, with the exact whereabouts unclear.
  • No one has claimed the attack, but some sources say ISIS was seen fighting with security forces in the hospital.

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Brazilian President Receives Mixed Reactions in Italy

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  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited Italy to receive an honorary citizenship, while some Italian residents booed and chanted “No Bolsonaro!” and others were seen holding Brazilian flags in support of his visit.
  • Bolsonaro met Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini, choosing to skip ongoing UN climate talks in Glasgow. Bolsonaro also attended a controversial ceremony honoring hundreds of Brazilians who died in WWII.
  • This trip comes within a week of senators in Brazil recommending Bolsonaro be criminally charged for his actions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Bahrain Urges Citizens to Leave Lebanon

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  • Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly urged its citizens in Lebanon to leave immediately “in order to prevent the citizens from being exposed to any risks and to ensure their safety.”
  • Bahrain also expelled Lebanon’s envoy and banned imports from Lebanon, with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait doing the same.
  • These actions stem from comments made from a Lebanese minister criticizing Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen.

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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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