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The Daily Brief: More than 16 UN Staff Members Detained in Ethiopia

Ethiopia detains numerous local UN staff without explanation as country remains in a state of emergency.

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  • The United Nations claims 16 of their Ethiopian staff have been illegally detained in the capital of Ethiopia.
  • The UN began a security operation after the state of emergency was declared by the Ethiopian government.
  • UN workers have been arrested during the course of this operation.
  • The Ethiopian government has given no explanation for the detainment, however six other local UN staff members have been released from Addis Ababa apart from the current 16.
  • The United Nations and Ethiopia have had tense relations since the onset of the Tigray War when Ethiopia expelled numerous UN staff members for “meddling in its internal affairs.”
  • Famine along with other horrific humanitarian crises have overtaken Tigray as the Ethiopian government and allied Eritrean forces fight with Tigrayan and allied Omoro fighters.
  • Arrests of ethnic Tigrayans have also been on the rise following the government’s declared state of emergency.
  • The US Embassy has officially ordered all nonessential staff to retreat from Ethiopia and the UN has also stopped all nonessential missions to Ethiopia.

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Major Conglomerate General Electric Splits into Three Companies 

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  • Industrial conglomerate, General Electric, is now breaking up into three separate companies after its establishment in 1892 by Thomas Edison.
  • The three companies will focus on aviation, healthcare, and electric businesses.
  • CEO Larry Culp stated that “By creating three industry-leading, global public companies, each can benefit from greater focus, tailored capital allocation, and strategic flexibility to drive long-term growth and value for customers, investors and employees.”
  • The company hopes to rebuild its stock value and maximize the companies’ position and success.

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Chile’s President Faces Impeachment Trial

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  • Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera is facing an impeachment trial after Chile’s lower house of Congress voted against him due to corruption allegations.
  • The allegations stem from the publication of the Pandora Papers, which showed that Piñera had suspicious financial dealings in the British Virgin Islands. The Pandora Papers leaked hidden information of several other world leaders.
  • The upper house of Congress is unlikely to have enough votes to impeach Piñera, with the opposition only having 24 votes instead of 29 votes necessary.

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Palestinians Face Displacement Due to Residential Building Demolition

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  • Palestinians living in a residential building in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of al-Tur are at risk of displacement depending on an Israeli court’s verdict.
  • The residents in the building, many of whom are children, were told they had a week before the building would be demolished due to a lack of building permits.
  • The state told the residents to either pay 200,000 shekels ($64,400), which will be refunded, and self demolish, or pay the state to demolish the building.

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Two Killed in Kashmir Shooting by Unidentified Gunman

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  • A police officer and a resident, Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, have been shot dead by an unidentified gunman near a grocery store in Indian-administered Kashmir.
  • Police called the shooting by rebels a “terror incident,” the second of its kind in a 24 hour period.
  • More than 40 people have been killed and dozens injured in a wave of killings by rebels, mostly targeting Hindus and non-Kashmiris.

Houses Burned Down by Military in Myanmar

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  • Thang Biak, and many other civilians in Chin State, located in northwestern Myanmar, had their houses burned down and were forced to flee earlier this month due to the military.
  • Rights groups have spoken out against the military for their attacks on civilians, with more than 500 organizations urging the United Nations Security Council to “end [the] Myanmar junta’s campaign of terror.”
  • The US has stated that the attacks show “the regime’s complete disregard for the lives and welfare of the people of Burma.”

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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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