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The Daily Brief: Anemic Turnout In French Regional Elections

Major political parties fail to make sizable gains in advance of next year’s presidential election

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Summary: 

  • Record lows were reported in regional elections in France on Sunday.
  • Estimated at about 35% voter turnout, regional governance in France is generally focused on economic development, transportation and high schools.
  • One of the surprising upsets was the Rassemblement National (RN) Party’s failure to win the vote in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, which it had won in first round voting last week.
  • The RN had been stopped by an alliance of parties committed to weakening the far right’s foothold. 
  • President Emmanuel Macron’s party also failed to win any region as well, calling into question his prospects for winning next year’s presidential election.
  • Some political observers have lamented over the low turnout as indicative of the people’s distaste for government.
  • Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are the presumptive frontrunners in next year’s election.

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Miami Death Toll Rises to Nine as More Bodies Uncovered, 156 Still Missing

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  • The devastating death toll of the Surfside condo collapse in Miami rose to nine, as more bodies were uncovered among the rubble with search and rescue teams engaging in round the clock excavations and tactics to locate victims.
  • The number of missing people remains at 156, with families growing frustrated over the challenging long search process involving careful, delicate removal of debris and limited personnel on a site at a time.
  • Grieving families desperately seeking answers about loved ones have been allowed by officials to visit the site for mourning and prayer, but officials have also held honest conversations about the possibility of no survivors, as human remains and body parts have been discovered.
  • Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he is expecting miracles and an abundance of resources are being used to locate survivors – he hopes it is a matter of time and luck before more are rescued.

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Israel Challenges Poland’s Holocaust Property Bill

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  • Poland’s lower house of Parliament has passed a draft bill Thursday that will introduce limitations for claims on restitution of property for its Jewish citizens, making it harder for Jewish people to recover the property according to critics of the bill.
  • Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has expressed that the bill is a “disgrace” and a statement from the Israeli foreign ministry office has said the bill could affect up to 90% of Holocaust survivors and their descendants requesting property restitution.
  • The bill may become a point of strained relationship between the two nations as Israel’s foreign ministry summoned Poland’s ambassador, while Prime Minister Moraweiecki stated that Poland will not pay for Germany’s war crimes.

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Taliban Attacks Rage Across the Kunduz Province of Afghanistan 

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  • Roughly 5,000 families have fled their homes following the recent fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces in the northern city of Kunduz.
  • The Kandahar and Baghlan regions have also seen heavy violence as the two groups fight for control of the provinces.
  • Rahmatullah Hamnawa, a journalist based in Kunduz, stated “People fleeing Kunduz have been forced to take a circuitous route through Samangan province to Mazar-e-Sharif, about 110km (68 miles) away to the southwest. The shorter road is unsafe and dotted with checkpoints and mine…But even the Samangan province, which used to be one of the safest in the country, is no longer free from violence. Hence a three-hour journey via Samangan can take up to seven now, if not more.”

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China’s Zhurong Rover Captures Amazing Images as it Lands on the Surface of Mars

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  • The Tianwen-1 spacecraft home to the Mars rover Zhurong, named after the Chinese god of fire, has touched down on the surface of Mars and has traveled 236 meters. 
  • Videos and photos have been captured by a camera fixed on the Zhurong rover and were released by China’s National Space Administration on Sunday.
  • The solar powered rover will travel 10 meter intervals over three days as it searches for signs of ancient life on the Martian surface.
  • Liu Jizhong, deputy commander of China’s first Mars exploration program, stated “With the files we released this time, including those sounds recorded when our Mars rover left the lander, we are able to conduct in-depth analysis to the environment and condition of Mars, for example, the density of the atmosphere on the Mars.”

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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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