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Muslim Family Killed in Ontario, Canada

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  • A Muslim family in Ontario, Canada, was ran over on Sunday evening, killing four and seriously injuring one. 
  • The Afzaal family, comprised of parents Salman and Madiha Afzaal, daughter Yumna Afzaal and a 74-year-old grandmother, were all killed; son Fayez Afzaal remains hospitalized.
  • Local law enforcement has indicated that the attack was planned and appeared to be motivated by anti Muslim sentiment.
  • The assailant, Nathaniel Veltman, fled the scene in his pickup truck and was later apprehended.
  • The Islamaphobic attack has rattled Muslims all over the world.
  • Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the attack and pledged to take action against far-right groups in Canada.
  • Sunday’s attack is not the first violent Islamaphobic act in Canada. Ten people were killed in Toronto in 2018 and six people were killed in Quebec City in 2017 in acts related to Islamophobia.

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Mladic Genocide Appeal Rejected by UN

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  • Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb commander who killed over 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995, lost his genocide appeal. 
  • Mladic will continue to serve his life sentence after the five UN International Residual Mechanism For Criminal Tribunal at The Hague judges, stating that there was insufficient evidence disputing crimes against humanity and war crimes charged on him. 
  •  Many world leaders, including Joe Biden Heiko Maas, welcomed the decision made by the United Nations in an appeal that has been going on since 2017. 

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UK Football Association to Nominate First Women in 158 Years

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  • The United Kingdom Football Association has nominated Debbie Hewitt, the first female in 158 years, to take up the position of being the Chair in January. 
  • After former representative Greg Clarke resigned after offensive comments, Hewitt is set to take up the position at one of the most precarious times with financial losses and governance issues. 
  • Hewitt is excited to take up the position, stating her plan to “relish the opportunity to chair an organization that has the potential to be a very positive force for good throughout the game and across society.”

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British Actress Says all Women have been Sexually Harassed

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  • British actress Kiera Knightley has spoken on facing sexual harassment herself as well as every woman she has known, stating the different forms of physical and mental abuse victims face.
  • The 36-year-old actress has said she follows a curfew and several safety precautions when out of the house at night – following the death of Sarah Everad outside Monday, most women opened up about following protocols to keep themselves safe from unwanted sexual advances and violence.
  • A study conducted by UN Women UK has found that more than 70% of women experienced sexual harassment in public spaces with the figure up to 97% for women aged 18-24.
  • Knightley praised advocates calling for a curfew on men, saying women have been observing it for years.
  • The instruction to lower the male gaze is a fundamental teaching of Islam as the Qur’an says: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their looks and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely Allah is well aware of what they do.” (24:31).

French President Emmanuel Macron Slapped in the Face

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  • French president Emmanuel Macron was subjected to a physical assault while greeting crowds on an official visit to southeast France.
  • A man among the crowd slapped Macron in the face before security and police officers quickly stepped in to protect the president – while the motives are unclear, the man shouted “Down with Macron-ism” and made reference to the banner of King Charlemagne.
  • Several world leaders around the globe have condemned the act – Macron has stated ultra-violent individuals should not “take over the public debate”. 
  • The perpetrator faces criminal charges and a prison sentence.

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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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