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Israel breaks ceasefire

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  • Israeli nationalists marched through the streets of Old Jerusalem on Tuesday.
  • The annual Jerusalem Flag March commemorates Israel’s seizure of East Jerusalem in 1967.
  • The march comes at the start of a new political era in Israel, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett having just taken office.
  • Many Palestinians decried the march as an intentional provocation.
  • East Jerusalem came under Israeli control in 1967, although the occupation is not universally recognized.
  • Israel views Jerusalem as the country’s capital, whereas Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
  • Hamas has pledged to retaliate against the march.
  • Israel ended its ceasefire later in the day by bombing Gaza stating it was in response to balloons being released from Gaza which have caused many fires in Israel. 

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Largest Incursion By Chinese Over Taiwan 

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  • Taiwan reported the largest incursion to date on Tuesday by China, in which twenty-eight military planes flew over the countries Air Defense Identified Zones. 
  • The incursion passed the previous record of 25 back in April, eliciting complaints from Taiwan on China’s continued recurring missions. No comment has been made by Beijing on the matter. 
  • The Group of Seven Ministers issued a group statement during a recent meeting in the UK condemning China for undermining “peace and stability” when it came to Taiwan. It was dismissed by the country as “slander.”

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Ikea Fined $1.2M For “Receiving Personal Data by Fraudulent Means”

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  • Famous Sweedish home goods and furniture store Ikea was fined $1.2 million by France after being found guilty of taking extensive measures to spy on staff.
  • Ikea’s illegal activities affected some 400 people between 2009 to 2012 by obtaining their bank information, confidential information through law enforcement, and hiring private investigators to assess candidates before giving them a job. 
  • Two individual executives who used to work for Ikea were also convicted of orchestrating plans of gathering sensitive information on many employees and customers over the years, each getting prison time and fines. 
  • An Ikea spokesperson said in a statement that they take “ protection of co-worker and customer data very seriously” and the company “has strongly condemned the practices, apologised and implemented a major action plan to prevent this from happening again.” Ikea has yet to announce any plans of appealing. 

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Upcoming “Sham” Iran Elections Hold Heavy Implications For The Globe

  • Iran will host elections this Friday to decide their new President. Voters and candidates have labelled the elections to be a “sham” because they believe it has been manipulated by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to ensure Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-lined conservative, secures the win.
  • Khamenei, also a conservative, already controls much of Iran’s military and nuclear program. With Raisi at the position of president the country’s domestic matters, such as the economy, will also be run by a fiercely anti-western leader.
  • Iran’s new presidency could possibly change the Islamic Republic’s perspective on the 2015 Nuclear Deal, dual-national prisoners, and its alliance with Russia.
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RyanAir CEO Speaks up on Belarus Controversy

  • RyanAir CEO Michael O’Leary testified in Congress on Tuesday on the matter of the airline making an unexpected landing in Minsk where opposition journalist Roman Protasevich was arrested. 
  • O’Leary claims that Minsk air traffic control warned the flight crew of a “credible threat” relating to “a bomb on board [being] detonated” which is why the pilot diverted the flight destination from Lithuania to Belarus’s capital of Minsk.
  • O’Leary also told Congress that Minsk air control falsely told the flight’s captain that Ryanir’s operations control center was not answering the phone despite the captain’s repeated requests to communicate with Ryanair.
  • There has been much controversy regarding this incident with many viewing it as a plot to arrest Roman Protasevich thereby suppressing free speech.
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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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