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The Daily Brief: France Angered Over Broken Deal For Submarine Procurement

Australia Claims “National Interest” for Abandoning Deal

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  • Australia has chosen to withdraw from a $66 billion deal with France for the purchase of 12 diesel electric submarines.
  • Concerned that France would not be able to produce subs to meet Australia’s strategic needs, Australia will instead procure submarines in a trilateral agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • France has strongly condemned the breach of contract, recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in a show of disapproval.
  • France has stated that there will be negative economic impact as a result of the broken contract.
  • France has also questioned Australia’s integrity by not only removing itself from the deal but not disclosing the decision until the last minute.
  • China has weighed in on Australia’s actions, stating that the geopolitical balance in the Indo-Pacific region will be upset by Australia’s decision to partner with the U.S. and U.K.
  • A phone call is scheduled to occur between U.S. President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron in the coming days.

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CNN

The Guardian

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Famed Boxer Manny Pacquiao Announces Presidential Bid

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  • Manny Pacquiao, a senator serving in the Philippines as well as a professional boxer, has announced his intention to run for President in 2022.
  • Current President Rodrigo Duterte is not permitted to run again, but has accepted a factional party’s nomination to run for Vice President.
  • Pacquiao was nominated by the ruling PDP-Laban party.
  • Pacquiao has pledged to fight for compassion and transparency as president.

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Bloomberg News

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Putin’s United Russia Party Victorious In Elections

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  • The United Russia party is set to win the majority in the country’s elections.
  • Accusations of fraud have been reported but the election commission denied the allegations.  
  • Though Putin’s party has won the majority in parliament, it lost some of its support. 

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Turkey Offers To Run Kabul Airport

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  • The offer was made to guarantee the safe travels of diplomats and aid workers.
  • Turkey’s offer was also made as a way to ease current tensions between Turkey and the US.
  • Erdogan is running in Turkey’s next election and has been under pressure over various issues; the Kabul airport will help establish his image with world leaders. 

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Al Jazeera

High Security Prison Escapees Causes Israel To Carry Out Mass Arrests

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  • The six Palestinian prisoner have surrendered to Israeli forces.
  • Their escape has led to Israeli forces to raid Palestinian homes, grassroots organizations, human rights groups, and health committees. 
  • Children have also been arrested and treated cruelly by Israeli soldiers and police. 

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Al Jazeera

Pakistan Will Not Boycott New Zealand In T20 After Pull-Out

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  • New Zealand has chosen not to tour Pakistan for the T20 cricket match. 
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed their displeasure at the decision and some called for a boycott of playing New Zealand. 
  • The PCB chief executive said no boycott would be upheld. 
  • New Zealand pulled out of the tour due to a threat, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  

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Al Jazeera

Iran Becomes Member of SCO

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  • Recently, Iran bid to be a member of the Shanghai Cooperation (SCO).  The SCO’s goal is to keep stability and safety for all Europe and Asia. 
  • SCO is responsible for trillions of dollars worth of export annually
  • China, Russia and India are all a part of the SCO.  
  • Iran joining SCO has raised the issue that SCO looks like an anti- western or anti US organization 

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United Nations

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 Inspiration4 is Home

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  • Inspiration4 (crew) is back on Earth where it once was a three day mission. However, this crew is special because they are their own full civilian crew. Something that has never been done. 
  • Their capsule hit the ocean at after 7:00pm, This project is independent from the government and something that will go down in history. 
  • It is said that Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are creating space tourism. In which, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon may join the blast off. 

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Al Jazeera

CBS

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Protesters Want to Throw Out Prime Minister 

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  • Sunday was marked as the 15th anniversary. A military coup who removed the former Prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. 
  • Even though Shinawatra is in self-imposed exile, he still holds a presence in their politics. 
  • Shinawatra was supported by middle class workers called ‘Red Shirts’ who were impressed by his populiist beliefs such as implementing  universal health care. 
  • The protesters want to throw out the current Prime Minister due his support for Thaksin Shinawatra.

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Al Jazeera

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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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