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Flames Dubbed “Eye of Fire” in the Gulf of Mexico After Gas Leak

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  • Orange flames creating an “eye of fire” burned in the Gulf of Mexico after Pernex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, stated that a gas leak occurred in an underwater pipeline.
  • The gas leak started at around 5am on Friday near the drilling platform, according to Pemex. Security protocols and firefighting vessels began dealing with the situation right away.
  • The fire was extinguished at around 11am, and normal operations ensued. No injuries or evacuations took place. Water and nitrogen were used to distinguish the fire.
  • Angel Carrizales, head of Mexico’s energy and environment agency ASEA, wrote that the pipeline “did not generate any spill.”
  • It is unclear what was burning on the surface of the water, with some saying it looked like molten lava. Pemex has announced that it will be investigating the accident.
  • The underwater pipe that leaked connects to Ku-Maloob-Zaap, which is Pemex’s biggest crude oil producer. Pemex has had several other instances of major industrial accidents.
  • Photos and videos of the fire have been circulating on social media. One video going viral shows three ships spraying the ocean with water in attempts to get rid of the massive flames.

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/03/americas/gulf-of-mexico-fire-intl/index.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fire-ocean-gulf-of-mexico-burst-pipeline-eye-of-fire/

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/fire-offshore-pemex-platform-gulf-mexico-under-control-2021-07-02/

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Major Mudslide in Japan Kills Two and Leaves Dozens Missing

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  • A major mudslide in Japan hit Atami, killing at least two people and leaving dozens missing. More than eighty houses were swept away by the mudslide.
  • Atami has had a lot of rain recently, and Japan is prone to landslides and flooding. This mudslide began at around 10:30am on Saturday, with police and firefighters working to find missing people.
  • Hundreds of people have evacuated, lost power, and had their belongings damaged. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated that emergency workers were doing their best to assist people, and he expressed condolences for the lives lost.
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Indonesia’s Covid-19 Crisis Overwhelms the Country’s Medical System

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  • Indonesia’s Covid death toll has surpassed 60,000 with registering a record-breaking daily increase of 28,000 new cases on Saturday.
  • The sharp rise in Indonesia’s Covid cases is partly attributed to the delta variant first identified in India. 
  • Many hospitals are facing bed, oxygen, and staff shortages forcing the country to convert car parks into emergency rooms to accomodate the overwhelming number of patients.
  • Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced several coronavirus containment  measures on Thursday in an effort to restrict the spread of the virus and ease some of the strain on hospitals.
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Vatican Indicts 10, Including a Cardinal, for Embezzlement Charges

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  • A Vatican judge has indicted 10 people, including Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, former chief of staff in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State where church donations are handled.
  • Cardinal Becciu and the others face charges of money laundering and fraud relating to a controversial UK investment worth $200 million.
  • Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Becciu from his formal position in September as the investigation into the UK investment deal gained steam, however the Cardinal maintains his innocence.
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Migrant Boat Sinks Off Tunisian Coast Drowning 43

  • A boat headed from the Libyan port of Zuwara to Italy capsized near the coast of Tunisia after its engine broke down.
  • The vessel carried migrants from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh. 43 passengers drowned in the shipwreck while 84 were saved by Tunisia’s navy.
  • Europe’s migrant crisis has worsened over the past decade as people grow desperate to cross borders by any means possible in order to secure a new, safe, and prosperous life. This year alone more than 850 migrants and refugees have lost their lives attempting to cross the Meditteranean Sea from North Africa.

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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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