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Former Beloved Myanmar Leader To Appear in Court After Months on House Arrest

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi, a former nobel peace prize winner and deposed Myanmar leader who’s party previously won the 2021 election, will be appearing in court for a number of criminal offenses including violating the country’s Official Secrets Act. 
  • Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing released a statement on Saturday claiming that  she was “in good health… at her home and healthy” after being on house arrest since the current ruling Junta in Myanmar took control back in February.
  • The military, which has taken power over alleged electoral fraud, has been met with pushback from Suu Kyi before her detainment and thousands of others who took to the streets, 4,000 of which have since been detained and 800 killed.
  • Despite the military’s claims, independent investigators have stated that there is no proof so far of alleged fraud. The Asian Network for Free Elections has claimed that the election results denied by the junta was clearly “representative of the will of the people of Myanmar.”
  • In the statement, Hlaing said that reelections to replace Suu Kyi’s winning party would be held to clearly gather “the people’s will” partnered with potential changes to Myanmar’s current constitution. 
  • Hlaing also said that she had “tried all she could” in response to what he thought about Suu Kyi, a widely beloved democraic reformer who is well known for her stances against the military. 
  • Suu Kyi is likely to appear for the first time in weeks on Monday in Nay Pyi Taw, although she has yet to receive communication with her lawyers. 

Sources

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/myanmar-ethnic-army-attacks-jade-mining-town-media-say-2021-05-22/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57212534

https://thehill.com/policy/international/asia-pacific/554903-suu-kyi-to-appear-in-court-soon-myanmar-junta

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Nepal Dissolves Parliament and Holds New Elections

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  • Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari announced the holding of new elections in November, along with the dissolvement of the current Parliament, a move recommended by Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and his cabinet.
  • Prime Minister Oli dissolved the Parliament last year, a move that was not allowed by the Supreme Court. This decision will also go to court and could be reversed.
  • Nepal is currently struggling with a second wave of coronavirus, with more than 8,000 new infections every day.

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Mount Nyiragongo in Democratic Republic of Congo Erupts

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  • Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo erupted, causing power outages and a strong sulphur smell in the city of Goma and the surrounding areas.
  • Nyiragongo, which is an active volcano, last erupted in 2002, killing hundreds and sending thousands into poverty. Many people were this week seen fleeing east to Rwanda, and others fled west to higher ground.
  • The volcano sent lava into the city and turned the sky red. The government did not immediately announce the evacuation plans, leaving many citizens angry. 

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Amazon Shuts Construction Site After 7th Noose Found

  • Amazon has shut down a new warehouse construction site near Hartford, Connecticut after a reported incident of a seventh noose hanging from a beam, in a series of potential hate crimes according to local police
  • The first noose was found on April 27 on the same site, with workers describing they have had to deal with Confederate flags on clothing and racist remarks by some employees on the site
  • Amazon has released a statement denouncing the incidents and stating why the site was shut down – spokesperson Kelly Nantel released the statement saying “…hate, racism, and or discrimination have no place in our society…”
  • Amazon and the site’s contractor and property developer are jointly offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to identity of the culprits

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Instagram Image of Princess Latifa shows her location in Dubai mall

  • A friend of Princess Latifa has confirmed her presence in a photo showing her with two other acquaintances in a Dubai shopping mall
  • The photo signifies the first time the ruler of Dubai’s daughter would be seen in public, after BBC Panorama broadcasted video testimony of her stating she was held hostage by her father and feared for her life as she was in confinement without access to legal or medical care
  • A second image of Princess Latifa was posted on the same Instagram account on Saturday, demonstrating proof of life, but still no whereabouts on her condition or freedom
  • Appearance of the images is understood to not be random or accidental, rather related to undisclosed developments

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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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