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The Daily Brief: Iran Demands Trump be Put on Trial for the killing of Soleimani

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi states that if former U.S. president Donald Trump is not put on trial for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Tehran will take revenge.

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  • The second anniversary of the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani comes with threats from Iran and allied groups in Iraq and other countries should Trump not be placed on trial.
  • During the Trump administration General Solemani was killed by the U.S. in what was stated to be self defense.
  • U.S. General William Barr claimed the Iranian General was a legitimate military target who Trump had full authority to assassinate.
  • In his speech on Monday President Raisi stated “If Trump and (former secretary of state Mike) Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge, The aggressor, murderer and main culprit – the then president of the United States – must be tried and judged under the (Islamic) law of retribution, and God’s ruling must be carried out against him.”
  • If Trump is convicted under the Iranian justice system punishment for murder can be execution or “blood money” should the victim’s family agree through reconciliation.

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Covid-19 Worsens as the Omicron Variant Skyrockets the Number of Cases

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  • The FDA authorizes vaccine boosters for 12 to 15-year-olds as schools remain in-person and in session despite the danger the Omicron variant of Covid-19 presents.
  • Surge in hospitalizations along with nearly half a million cases a day highlight the growing need for safety regulations and precautions.
  • Those who are vaccinated are said to be protected from severe illness, however, a new Danish study finds that the Omicron variant evades immunity better than the Delta variant.
  • Dr. Fauci stated that “Even if the rate of hospitalization is lower with omicron than it is with delta, there is still the danger that you will have a surging of hospitalizations that might stress the health-care system.”

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Haiti PM Forced to Flee As Gunfire Breaks Out During Independence Day

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  • Gunfire broke out on Haiti’s Independence day during mass in Gonaives Saint Charles church of Borome, killing one and leaving two other injured.
  • Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was in attendance and later forced to evacuate, stated his intolerance “bandits and terrorists” which attempted to take his life. 
  • Gang violence and similar incidents have been growing in Haiti following assasination of former President Jovenel Moise, threatening the countries security. 
  • The United States and Canada have urged citizens to leave the country following the incident as instability continues rising. 

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World Powers Pledge to Contain Growth of Nuclear Weapons
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  • Five world powers have promised to contain the growth of nuclear weapons this Monday in order to prevent chances of a nuclear war. 
  • Countries included in this vow include The United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France.
  • “As the use of nuclear arms would have far-reaching consequences, we also confirm that nuclear arms – as long as they exist – should serve defensive aims, deterrence against aggression and prevention of war,” The United Nations Security Council released in a statement.

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South Africa Parliament Fire Reignites

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  • A Fire in a South African Parliament located in Capetown has been reignited a couple of hours after authorities claimed it was contained.
  • “The fire and rescue service confirms that the fire at parliament has flared up. The void beneath the roof sheeting of the National Assembly is on fire,” authorities announced. 
  • The fire, which began Sunday, destroyed the fourth and fifth floors of the building. A suspect has been taken into custody on charges of theft and arson to begin trial tomorrow.
  • A report containing costs needed after the damage is expected to be released on Friday. 

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Houthis Seize UAE Ship on Red Sea

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  • Houthis have seized a United Arab Emirates ship off the coast of the Red Sea reported to be holding “military supplies.” 
  • The Yemen based coalition stated that the UAE ship “entered Yemeni waters without authorisation”and started performing “hostile act”.
  • The act comes during an onslaught of seizures on the Red Sea, which is a vital route for various international shipments. 

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Indigenous Abuse in Canadian Residential Schools

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  • Pope Francis traveled to the grounds of a former residential school near Alberta, Canada and formally apologized for the Church’s role in the abuse of indigenous people and erasure of indigenous culture.
  • The majority of the schools were run by members of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 1800s and 1900s. Around 150,000 indigenous children were sent to the schools and more than 3,000 are estimated to have died.
  • In his speech, the Pope asked for forgiveness and highlighted the Church’s role in the schools system, stating, “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the ways in which many members of the Church and of religious communities cooperated… in projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of that time, which culminated in the system of residential schools.”
  • Indigenous chiefs, survivors of the residential schools, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were some of the few in attendance for the Pope’s remarks.

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