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The Daily Brief: Heavy Rains Devastate South India Leaving Dozens Unaccounted For

Several days of torrential rain in the south Indian state of Kerala has caused rivers to overflow, flooding nearby towns and endangering residents.

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The Daily Brief Heavy Rains Devastate South India Leaving Dozens Unaccounted For

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More than 20 people have been killed and dozens more are missing or injured due to floods and landslides in the south Indian state of Kerala.
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  • Several days of torrential rain in the south Indian state of Kerala has caused rivers to overflow, flooding nearby towns and endangering residents.
  • Several towns and villages were cut off from help due to the river flow and many homes were washed away by the powerful currents as well.
  • More than 20 people have been found dead due to the floods; dozens more are missing or injured.
  • The Indian military has joined rescue efforts in the state and helicopters are being used to deliver supplies and transport personnel to assist in heavily damaged areas.
  • The National Disaster Response Force has also organized teams to aid rescue efforts in Kerala.
  • The districts of Kottayam and Idukki were hit hardest by the disaster; both districts are experiencing landslides which have demolished homes and trapped people below debris.
  • Flooding is not uncommon in Kerala where urbanization and construction has removed many of the wetlands and lakes which once acted as safeguards against floods and landslides.
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Kicks Off in Oman

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  • The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup began this past Sunday, October 17, in Oman and the UAE.
  • Fans will be allowed inside the stadium to watch matches, however all stadiums will be at reduced capacity. Oman will host a maximum of 3,000 fans and the UAE venues will be at 70% capacity.
  • This international cricket tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020, however the Covid-19 pandemic forced the event to reschedule for India in 2021. The Indian Cricket Board decided to shift the tournament to the Middle East earlier this year “keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation”.
  • 16 teams will be competing in the tournament with the winners taking home a prize of 1.6 million USD.
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Spanish Minister Vows To End Prostitution

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  • At a meeting of the Socialist Party for Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced he will put an end to prostitution.
  • Prostitution was decriminalized in 1995.
  • Approximately 300,000 women participate as sex workers.
  • Sanchez has referred to prostitution as enslavement for women.

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BBC

The Local

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Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti

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  • 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian citizen were kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday.
  • The group, which includes 5 children, had just come from building an orphanage to serve Haitian children.
  • The 400 Mawozo gang is suspected to have orchestrated the kidnapping.
  • It is unclear at this time what the kidnappers’ demands are.

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CNN

The Guardian

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Protests in Sudan For Government Overthrow

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  • Thousands demonstrated outside the presidential palace in Khartoum on Sunday,  urging the military to overthrow the government.
  • Sudan has been ruled by a fragile civilian and military alliance for the last two years.
  • The stagnant economy has fueled discontent and protest.

Sources

BBC

Reuters 

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China Calls Out U.S. and Canada for Exercises in Taiwan Strait

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  • Canada and the United States each sent warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday, raising Chinese ire.
  • China has accused the U.S. and Canada of disrupting peace in the region by exercising their military might.
  • The U.S. and Canada dismissed China’s assertions, citing their joint interest in maintaining an open and accessible waterway in the Strait.
  • Taiwan remains a disputed territory between China and Taiwan.

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Reuters

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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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