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The Daily Brief: Iran swears in new President Ebrahim Raisi

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Raisi is committed to lifting US sanctions and strengthening relations with nearby countries, while also inheriting international condemnation and a water crisis.

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  • Iran swore in Ebrahim Raisi as its eighth president on Thursday after he won the election in June. Raisi spoke to the necessity of lifting US sanctions, strengthening relations with neighboring countries, and fighting against corruption.
  • Top leaders from Iraq, Afghanistan, Armenia, Palestine, Russia, Azerbaijan, and many more countries were present at the inauguration ceremony. Pope Francis also sent a representative to attend.
  • Raisi has inherited a struggling economy and a water crisis that have led to violent protests.
  • The US has placed heavy sanctions on Iran, and the country is currently facing blame from the US, UK, and Israel for a drone attack on an oil tanker, which Iran denied involvement in.
  • Raisi is the frontrunner to replace Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has endorsed him as president. Khamenei directed Raisi to quickly present his cabinet picks and form his team.
  • In regards to the nuclear deal, Raisi stated that nuclear weapons are not part of Iran’s defense strategy. A US State Department spokesman urged Raisi to return to negotiations on the nuclear deal and “seize the opportunity now to advance diplomatic solutions.”
  • Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz announced that their military is prepared to attack Iran after the recent drone incident.

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58097195

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/5/irans-raisi-sends-message-of-strength-in-inauguration

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/05/middleeast/iran-president-raisi-inauguration-intl/index.html

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Olympics Update: India 41 Years Later, First Karate Champion, Age 14 Gold Medalist

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  • USA leads in the medal count with 91 total medals. China leads the gold medal count with 34.
  • India’s men’s hockey team secured a bronze medal after beating Germany 5-4. This is their first medal in 41 years, when they won a gold medal in Moscow 1980.
  • Quan Hongchan, 14-year old diver from China, won a gold medal in the women’s 10 meter platform. She is the second youngest person to win the event and the youngest athlete in the Tokyo Olympics this year.
  • Hugues Fabrice Zango won a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump, earning Burkina Faso its first ever Olympic medal.
  • The USWNT defeated Australia 4-3 in women’s soccer, taking home a bronze medal.
  • Kristina Timanovskaya, a Belarusian sprinter, is hoping to stay in Poland and compete in at least two more Olympics. She traveled to Poland for her safety and did not participate this year.
  • Belgium men’s hockey team defeated Australia in a dramatic penalty shootout. This is Belgium’s second gold medal in a team sport.
  • Sandra Sánchez won gold in the first karate competition, and became Spain’s oldest Olympic champion at 39 years and 323 days old.

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Israel Launched Airstrikes on Lebanon as Retaliation

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  • Israel launched airstrikes on Lebanon in retaliation for rocket attacks on Tuesday. No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks from Lebanon.
  • Lebanese President Michel Aoun says that this attack “is the first of its kind since 2006” and that a complaint will be sent to the United Nations. Israel warned Lebanon “against further attempts to harm Israeli civilians and Israel’s sovereignty.”
  • Lebanon is currently facing a grave economic crisis and political crisis, with no functional government for the past year.

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Messi Leaves FC Barcelona as Contract Ends 

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  • Lionel Messi is set to leave FC Barcelona as his previous contract expired earlier this summer – an agreement between the player and the club for a five-year extension could not be met due to La Liga’s salary cap rules.
  • Barcelona released a statement expressing that despite “…both parties clearly wanting to sign a contract, it cannot be finalized due to financial and structural problems.”
  • With more than 30 titles and record breaking championships, the soccer player’s departure is a historic moment for the club – he has played for the club since 2000, earning 672 goals, 10 LaLiga titles, and the Champions League on four occasions.
  • Spanish clubs have a limit on spending – Barca’s spending stood over 600 million euros before the pandemic and was reduced to nearly half the previous season.

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Biden Administration Offers Protection for Hong Kong Residents in U.S.

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  • President Biden has announced Thursday that Hong Kong residents living in the U.S. would be offered a “safe haven” and protected from deportation, citing China’s infringement on human rights in Hong Kong.
  • Under the new protection, thousands of Hong Kong residents in the U.S. can extend their stay for up to 18 months as a response to Beijing’s crackdown on democracy in the Hong Kong region.
  • President Biden has stated China’s frequent assaults on Hong Kong autonomy and democracy in the past year, as well as a crackdown on freedom of the press necessitate the U.S. to stand by the people of Hong Kong.
  • The move is intended to make clear that the U.S. “will not stand idly by as the PRC breaks its promises to Hong Kong and to the international community.”

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British Police Make 11 Arrests Related to Racial Abuse Following Euro Finals

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  • British police have made 11 arrests so far in connection to the racist abuse targeted towards three Black players on England’s football team, following the defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 Final.
  • Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka faced hateful and derogatory speech on social media after missing penalties during the final of the European Championship last month.
  • The UK Football Policing Unit launched a hate crime investigation and received more than 600 reports from individuals, charities, clubs, and other organizations and found that 207 qualified as hate crimes against the players.
  • The crimes were widely condemned by British officials and the public – the Football Association stated it hoped the arrests would make clear to perpetrators that such abuse will not be tolerated.

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Apple Planning to Report Images of Child Sex Abuse to Law Enforcement

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  • Apple Inc. has stated it will launch new software that detects explicit images of minors and children in an effort to combat child sexual abuse.
  • The technology will be able to scan images on iphones, laptops, and other devices before they are stored onto iCloud photos to detect whether there is a match to a database of known child and sexual abuse images compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
  • The system of matching images is expected to have a very high level of accuracy, in addition to manual review by a human reviewer if a match is found – in such instances, the user can be blocked and reported to law enforcement officials.
  • The technology can also be used to detect images sent under Messages app to or from children – while some have expressed privacy concerns, Apple maintains the system protects user privacy and only identifies a user if they have NCMEC images on their device.

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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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