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Interim Leadership Stripped of Power In Mali

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  • Mali’s interim government leaders were removed from office by the military on Tuesday.
  • President Bah N’Daou and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were escorted to a base outside the capital city of Bamako, where they were officially withdrawn from their official capacities.
  • N’Daou and Ouane had been put in charge of the transitional government last year after a military coup ousted then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
  • Yesterday’s action had been orchestrated by Colonel Assimi Goita, who claimed that N’Daou and Ouane were undermining the mandate to transition to a civilian government.
  • Goita is also Vice President of the transitional government.
  • Mali will continue under military rule until elections are held next year.
  • Yesterday’s coup has received international condemnation from the US, EU and UN.
  • There is fear that the destabilized West African country will become vulnerable to further insurgency and terrorism.

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Whatsapp Suspends Accounts of 17 Gaza Journalists

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  • After censorship of Sheikh Jarrah related posts by social media platforms, 17 Gaza journalists claim that the popular media site Whatsapp took similar steps in blocking their personal accounts.
  • Out of the 17, 12 were a part of a group chat which circulates information related to the Hamas military. Since the block was enacted on Friday, only 4 claim to have had full restoration.
  • The Arab Center for the Development of Social Media claims the act to be a breach of “digital rights” relating to similar previous incidents with Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • A Whattsapp spokesperson has claimed that the company bans accounts based on preventing “harm as well as applicable law,” but said that the company “will reinstate journalists if any were impacted.”

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Blinken Pledges $75M For Assisting Palestinians, Netanyahu Promises Powerful Responses for Broken Ceasefire

  • After the announced ceasefire in Israel which resulted in the deaths of over 250 Palestinians, thousands of Gaza’s survivors take refuge in makeshift camps.
  • Over 70 public buildings have been destroyed according to Hamas informational group. United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently pledged $75 million to assist “development and economic assistance” for Palestinains.
  • The United States firmly opposes any other acts of violence between the Israeli military and Gaza, but will not assist the Hamas group, regarded as a terrorist organization,  in reconstruction.
  • During Blinken’s meeting to preserve the truce, President Benjamin Netanyahu firmly stated that “if Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful.”

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One year anniversary of George Floyd brings reflection in America

  • The one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd was marked on Tuesday, May 25 bringing reflection, legislation, and renewed policies over the past year in America as the country remembered the nine minutes that shook its citizens.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris applauded the “courageous and selflessness” of the Floyd family after meeting with them in the White House – she released a statement commending their poised but determined response to injustice.
  • Danielle Frazier, 18 who filmed the video recording of Floyd’s death has spoken about the way her footage of Floyd’s death has upended her own life – facing reporters, changing homes, and having “a part of childhood taken away from me”.
  • Professional sports teams such as the NBA and WNBA have paid homage to Floyd’s death by releasing statements demanding advocacy and policy action.
  • Floyd’s family has met with President Biden and Vice President Harris to discuss a policing reform bill – Nevada’s governor has signed two police reform bills on the anniversary.
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World Leaders Denounce the Government of Belarus After Arrest of Journalist

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  • Several world leaders have denounced the government of Belarus for diverting a plane to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and most likely involving torture.
  • EU leaders joined together on a summit Monday and agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus as well as condemn the arrest.
  • Families of Protasevich have expressed grave concerns over the couple’s well being and safety, imploring the international community to stand for their rescue.
  • Belarus sent a fighter jet to force the Ryanair flight bound to Lithuania from Athens, Greece to land amid claims of a bomb threat.

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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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