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Officer Fatally Wounded Outside Pentagon

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  • The metro station near the Pentagon Building in the United States was the scene of a fatal attack on Tuesday.
  • An officer of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency was ambushed and killed.
  • The attacker, Austin William Lanz, was subsequently shot and killed by law enforcement responding to the scene.
  • It is unclear as to what motivated the attack, according to FBI officials.
  • The FBI has ruled out any ongoing public threat associated with the shooter.
  • The transit station where the attack occurred was temporarily shut down in order to collect evidence.
  • The Pentagon Building was under a temporary lockdown during the course of the assailant’s apprehension.

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New York Governor Found To Have Sexually Harassed Subordinates 

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  • Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, sexually harassed women and contributed to a hostile work environment, according to a civil review by the New York Attorney General.
  • Cuomo, once considered a darling of the Democratic Party, is under increasing pressure to resign as a result of the findings.
  • Cuomo has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and is steadfast to serve out his term as Governor.
  • Cuomo did acknowledge that there are generational and cultural perceptions of appropriate contact to which he did not pay heed.
  • President Biden has called for New York State Governor Cuomo to resign, in the wake of the Attorney General’s review of sexual harassment claims against the Governor.
  • Biden has been a longtime ally of Cuomo’s until now.
  • Biden joins a chorus of public officials, calling for the Governor’s swift departure.
  • The situation puts Biden in an uncomfortable position, given the murmurings of unwanted advances by Tara Reade. 

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Anti-Government Activist in Ukraine Found Dead in Local Park

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  • Vitaly Shishov, who went missing on Monday in Ukraine, was found hanged in a local park where he frequently jogged. 
  • Shishov was an anti-government activist who helped repressed citizens escape the country as the Belarus House in Ukraine director. 
  • Police are currently undergoing investigations after claims from Shishov’s work associates of foul play by the Belaurs government. The United Nations have also stated that the news “worries [them] about what is happening in Belarus” and called for further investigations. 
  • This isn’t the first accusation against the authoritative government’s president, Alexsandr G. Lukashenko, who was arrested and jailed many who are anti-government, raising concerns about the possible measures being taken to silence dissent. 

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Iran Blamed for Ship Hijacked Off of the Gulf Of Oman

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  • The MV Asphalt Princess, a ship off the Gulf of Oman, was taken over on Tuesday, commanded to sail to Iran by the hijackers and prompting world powers to blame Iran for the atack. 
  • Iran was just accused this week of a drone attack on an oil tanker operated by Israel, killing two people on board. Iran has denied the accusations, claiming them to be “hostile action” against Tehran. 
  • The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations urged ships to be overly cautious as tensions rise on the Gulf Coast. 

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Guatemala Appoints Controversial Anti-Corruption Prosecutor

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On Tuesday, Guatemala raised heads after appointing an anti-corruption prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche weeks after the previous prosecutor fled the country after being fired.  

Curruchiche was considered a part of General Consuelo Porras “inner circle,” but was stated to be “known for his persecution of the opposition and his defence of the model of corruption.” The hire comes after thousands of Guatemalians protested across the country against the decision to remove the previous prosecutor from his post. 

Spirit Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights

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  • Hundreds of passenger flights have been cancelled through Spirit Airlines, frustrating and in some instances stranding passengers throughout the United States. 
  • Spirit claims that there are operational challenges along with severe weather conditions forcing flights to be cancelled. However, some American airlines claim that crew members “timed out” after working their hours. 
  • The instance comes as airlines scramble to keep up with higher demands with the increase of travel during summer, angering many passengers over social media. 

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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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