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The Daily Brief: Haitian Gang Demands Ransom for Hostages

A Haitain gang leader has threatened to kill seventeen American hostages, which were captured earlier this week, if his demands for ransom are not met.

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The Daily Brief Haitian Gang Demands Ransom for Hostages

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A Haitain Gang leader has threatened to kill seventeen American and Canadian hostages if his demands for ransom are not met.
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  • A Haitain gang leader has threatened to kill seventeen American hostages, which were captured earlier this week, if his demands for ransom are not met.
  • The 400 Mawozo gang’s leader, Wilson Joseph, posted the ultimatum in a video to social media, declaring, “If I don’t get what I’m asking for, I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans.”
  • Joseph made the video as he was speaking to a large crowd in Croix-des-Bouquet at a funeral for fellow gang members who were allegedly killed by police violence.
  • Sixteen of the hostages are American and one is Canadian. There are five children, including an infant less than a year old, a three year old, and a six year old. They are from Christian Aid Ministries, a missionary group from Ohio.
  • The gang is demanding $1 million in ransom per hostage, according to Haitian Justice and Interior Minister Liszt Quitel.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the US is working with Haiti to resolve the crisis, including “sending a team to Haiti from the State Department; working very closely with the FBI … as well as to the Haitian Government.”
  • Haiti has experienced a surge of kidnappings in the recent months, while also recovering from the President’s assassination and devastating earthquake, both of which occured this year.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/21/haiti-gang-leader-threatens-to-kill-american-hostages

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/21/americas/haiti-missionaries-intl-latam/index.html

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The US Fed Bans Buying of Individual Stocks and Bonds for Policy Makers

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  • The US Federal Reserve is banning policy makers and some senior staff from buying individual stocks and bonds due to a recent ethics scandal involving two regional presidents.
  • The Fed is also instituting other rules, such as a 45 day notice for buying or selling securities, and a requirement to keep investments for at least one year.
  • Fed Chair Jerome Powell explained that the reason for these new policies is “to assure the public we serve that all of our senior officials maintain a single-minded focus on the public mission of the Federal Reserve.”
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https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/10/21/us-fed-bans-officials-from-buying-stocks-after-ethics-scandal

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/21/investing/fed-bans-officials-stocks/index.html

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Syria Executes 24 People for Starting Devastating Wildfires Last Year

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  • The Syrian Ministry of Justice announced that 24 people were executed after they were found guilty of terrorism for starting a devastating wildfire that killed 3 and burned thousands of acres in Syria last year. 
  • 11 others received life in prison sentences and 9 others, including 5 who are juveniles received prison sentences of 10-12 years after the defendants were all found guilty. 
  • The 2020 fire mostly devastated the Syrian region of Latakia, the ancestral home of President Bashar al Assad.
  • Public executions of this many people at one time are rare to see in worn-torn Syria. 
  • The executions were denounced by human rights groups, stating this was just an example of Syria disregarding international law and the right to life. 
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Canada Launches Standardized COVID Passport For Travel

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  • Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the launch of a digital standardized COVID passport that citizens can use to travel abroad. 
  • The new digital passport will have a QR code for citizens to be able to scan at all airports, train stations, and other entry points in Canada. 
  • The COVID passport, which will be fully funded by the Canadian government, will meet international health standards, have Canadian identification marks, contain the citizen’s name, date of birth, and their COVID-19 vaccine history. 
  • Starting November 30th, Canadians will be required to show proof of vaccination to board any domestic or international flights going in and out of the country. 
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Al Jazeera

CNN 

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Thousands Protest In The Streets Of Sudan

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  • On Thursday, thousands swarmed the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a full civilian lead government. 
  • Dozens were injured as protestors clashed with security forces. 
  • Those who instead demand a military-run government organized a separate sit-down protest at the Presidential palace simultaneously. 
  • Since 2019, Sudan has been ruled by an interim civilian-military government since Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the military. 
  • Tensions in Sudan have been high since 2019 but grew in intensity following a failed military lead coup attempt that was made on the interim government just last month.  
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Al Jazeera 

AP News 

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Worlds Largest Known Triceratops Skeleton Sold in Paris Auction

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  • The world’s largest known Triceratops skeleton called “Big John” sold for 7.7 million dollars to a private US collector in a Paris auction this week. 
  • The skeleton, which holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest triceratops skeleton ever found, was originally discovered in 2014 in South Dakota, USA. 
  • “Big John”, named after the man whose land the dinosaur was discovered on, measures 23 feet long (7.15 meters), 8 feet (2.7 meters) tall at the hips, and the skull is one-third of its total length, with two large horns over 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) long. 
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AP News 

BBC News 

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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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