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The Daily Brief: Germany Sees Change in Leadership After 16 Years

Nail-Biting Margin Between Two Top Parties.

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  • The Social Democratic Party (SDP) is showing a slight edge in the election to replace outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was only about one percentage point behind.
  • Whichever party takes the most votes will need to form a coalition in order to establish new government leadership.
  • Olaf Scholz, leader of the Social Democratic Party, has stated that the poll results show a clear favourability towards the value of the SDP.
  • Climate change is a hot button issue for the SDP.
  • The CDU has led the German government since WWII.
  • This year’s election represents the first time that a party has failed to capture at least 31% of the vote.
  • Current Chancellor Angela Merkel has held office for the last 16 years.

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Iceland Elections Fail to Deliver Majority Female Parliament

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  • 30 out of 63 seats in Iceland’s parliamentary election have gone to women, according to recent reports.
  • Earlier predictions had women claiming 33 seats, which would have given them a gender majority.
  • There is no country in Europe where women hold a majority.
  • Approximately 370,000 people live in the island nation of Iceland.

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Man Suspected of Murdering London School Teacher Arrested

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  • A man who is a suspect in the murder of Sabina Nessa has been arrested by the Metropolitan police.  
  • Two other men who were arrested in connection to the killing have been released due to the pending investigation. 
  • Ms. Nessa was walking to meet a friend on September 17 and her body was found the next day in Cator Park. 

Majority of Swiss Voters Support Same-Sex Marriage

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  • Switzerland has legalized same-sex marriage is one of the last Western European countries to do so. 
  • The first same-sex marriage ceremonies will begin next July. 
  • The ruling also allows same-sex couples to adopt children and lesbian couples are able to use sperm donations. 
  • The Swiss People’s Party, a right-wing political party, has opposed the ruling.

Sudan Drives Back Ethiopian Troops

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  • General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said Sudanese military forces pushed back Ethiopian troops that invaded the district of Umm Barakit. 
  • Ethiopia and Sudan’s relationship has been wrought with tension over farming of land Sudanese land by Ethiopian farmers and Ethiopia began filling a dam on the Nile and war erupted in Tigray. 
  • Ethiopia’s government denies incursion into Sudanese areas. 

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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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