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The Daily Brief: Italy Brings Home The Gold In Euro 2020

Italy Brings Home The Gold In Euro 2020

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Summary: 

  • Italy has emerged triumphant in the Euro 2020 soccer match, winning 3-2 in penalties over England.
  • This represents Italy’s first win of the European tournament since 1968.
  • The match was decided in penalty shots, which hasn’t happened since 1976, in a game between Czechoslovakia and West Germany. 
  • Wembley Stadium was the scene of early optimism as England scored at the game’s onset, followed by diminishing expectations.
  • England’s Luke Shaw initial goal is the fastest goal ever scored in the final of the European championship.
  • Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci is the oldest player to ever score a goal in the final of the European championship.
  • Italy has previously made it to the finals in 2012 and 2000.

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Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic Founder, Rockets Into Space

  • Richard Branson along with Virgin Galactic employees Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, and Sirisha Bandla were sent into space with pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci on Sunday.
  • This flight marks Branson as the first man to go to space aboard a rocket he funded.
  • Branson along with Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos are set to be competitors in the up and coming suborbital space tourism business which would take thousands of people into flights that allow views from the upper atmosphere. 
  • Branson stated earlier this month that “You’ve got to remember that Virgin Galactic has people on every spaceflight… The fact that I’m willing to fly with those people shows confidence…I think the least the founder of the company can do is go up there and fly with his people.”

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Record Breaking Heat Sets Much of the Western and Southwestern U.S. Ablaze

  • California’s Death Valley National Park has hit up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest recorded temperature since July of 1913.
  • Firefighters continue to battle wildfires as California’s northern mountain region has seen numerous large fires which have destroyed dozens of homes.
  • Experts have stated that the immense heat is in part due to climate change which will continue to create more extreme weather events is not addressed.

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Bulgaria’s Parliamentary Elections Lead to Continued Political Deadlock 

  • Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections did not lead to a clear winner after Sunday’s national election, the country’s second in three months.
  • The new anti-elite and anti-establishment party, There is Such a People (ITN) won 23.9% of the vote, while the center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Bokyo Borissov won 23.5% of the vote, with neither party attaining enough votes to form a majority; the results of Sunday’s election followed the same pattern of April’s inconclusive election outcomes.
  • Bulgaria’s sharp political divides were made apparent from the election results, with many turning to anti-establishment parties to take a stand against corruption – Mr. Borissov has been blamed for supporting powerful oligarchs; others side with GERB for modernizing the country’s infrastructure leading to an increase in public sector pay.
  • Slavi Trifonov, a leader of ITN and TV host has praised the election as one of the most free and fair elections of Bulgaria.

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South Africa Violence Spreads to Johannesburg Amid Zuma’s Imprisonment

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  • Violence in South Africa over Zuma’s imprisonment has spread to the region of Johannesburg, where looting and blocking of highways became rampant as protests continue in support of the former South African President.
  • Police say criminals are seizing the opportunity to take advantage of chaos and unrest, to steal and cause damage.
  • Those inciting violence could face criminal charges – at least 60 arrests have been made relating to the protests; President Ramaphosa has said there is no basis for violence, and more efforts should be made to rebuild the economy as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As a former president, Mr. Zuma’s imprisonment is unprecedented in South Africa, leading to significant political turmoil in the nation.

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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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