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Nine Killed at Russian School

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  • Seven students and two school employees were killed at a school in Central Russia on Tuesday.
  • The seven students were eighth graders at Kazan School # 175 in Kazan, Tartaristan. 
  • Another 21 people were also injured, 18 children and 3 adults.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a review of Russia’s gun control laws.
  • The assailant, a 19-year old registered gun owner, has been taken into custody.
  • Television footage showed children jumping from windows in order to escape the attack.
  • Government mental health clinicians and medics have been sent to Kazan to assist the school population.

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  • Following the recent censorship of Sheikh Jarrah occupants on social media, Instagram and Twitter released statements claiming technical difficulties resulting in deleted posts and blocked accounts. 
  • Residents of Sheikh Jarrah occupying East Jerusalem have hosted mass protests against Israel threatening illegal eviction and seizement of the land towards Jewish Settlers. The Israeli high court has reportedly postponed decisions on the matter of four families claiming forced eviction. 
  • A non-profit organization focusing on the advancement of social media for Palestinians and Arabs stated they had received over 200 complaints of banned accounts and taken down posts all having to do with Sheikh Jarrah. 
  • Both Instagram and Twitter apolgized, stating accounts were “suspended in error by our automated systems” and that their intent was not to silence the voices of the community. However, many still call on the companies for not upholding their word as restrictions continue to hold, and demand transparency. 

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Iran Begins Candidate Registration For The Next President

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  • Registration for presidentship in Iran opened early Tuesday morning, continuing for potential candidates until Saturday as the country begins a shift towards replacement of longtime president Hassan Rouhani. 
  • Some critics claim that the move is a “charade and helps provide legitimacy to an autocratic regime,” as the 12-strong Guardian Council choses which candidates can be taken out, and has imposed specific requirements, such as prohibiting anyone under the age of 40 and over the age of 75 to run, necessary senior executive leadership experience, and more in order to run for presidency. 
  • Rouhini was quick to criticize the age restriction, stating that it shouldn’t be required because of its irrelevance compared to current Iranian constitution. 
  • However, the council has stated that it will not accept those who don’t provide all necessary information. Among those who have already signed up include relatively or completely unknown citizens, along with two prominent military figures both promising restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal. 

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Bodies Afloat in Ganges River as India’s COVID Cases Surge

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  • Scores of dead bodies have been found awash in the Ganges River amid India’s deadly COVID-19 surge – although the exact cause of death is not known, it is thought the deaths are attributed to coronavirus infections.
  • Around 71 bodies were retrieved from the Ganges River in eastern India, although some report 100 – locals and officials surmise that the bodies were buried in water as villagers ran out of wood for cremation.
  • Police in Gahmar have been pulling bodies out with sticks – authorities are taking action to cremate or bury the remains, although decomposition of the bodies has made this difficult.
  • India’s devastating COVID-19 surge has made it the epicenter of coronavirus infections, with more than 22,000,000 cases and 249,992 deaths

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Illegal Miners fire on indigenous group in Brazil

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  • The Yanomami group residing in a protected area of the Brazilian Amazon came under attack by illegal miners who fired automatic weapons, leading to the injury of indigenous people and four miners as the indigenous community responded with bows and arrows.
  • Around 20,000 illegal miners have encroached on the Yanomami area, Brazil’s largest indigenous community reserve.
  • Violence towards the indigenous community has increased under President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been a critic of the size of indigenous reserves and favors their opening to mining and agriculture.
  • Critics of President Bolsonaro have claimed his policies have weakened environmental protections and infringed on the rights of Brazil’s indigenous communities.

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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