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The Daily Brief: Palestinians Call Out Aggression At Al Aqsa Mosque

Raid by settlers deemed provocative and dangerous

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  • Al Aqsa was the site of aggression yet again when Isreali worshippers entered the Al Aqsa complex to commemorate the Day of Mourning.
  • The 1,300+ worshippers were escorted by the Israeli police, who cleared the area of Palestinian worshippers using tear gas and rubber bullets.
  • Members of the Knesset, the Isreali Legislature, accompanied the settlers into Al Aqsa.
  • Muslim worshippers inside the prayer halls were blocked from leaving, in order to allow the Isreali settlers to walk through.
  • Al Aqsa Mosque holds significance for both Muslims and Christians, and the regulation of use is both complicated and sensitive.
  • The Palestinian Authority has referred to the incident as an excursion that threatens the delicate agreement of worship at the Al Aqsa Complex.
  • The violence occurs on the eve of Eidul Adha, the Muslim holy festival commemorating the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son at God’s commandment.

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South African President Calls for Calm Following Civil Unrest

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  • Portions of South African have been besieged by looting and violence over the last week.
  • The rioting began as the result of former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment, due to his failure to appear at court hearings related to corruption charges.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged unity and calm in the wake of the violence, informing the public that the government has stabilized the situation and is investigating the perpetrators.
  • This level of countrywide civil unrest has not been seen since the apartheid days of South Africa. 

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Leaves Hospital After Four Days 

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  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had to be hospitalized last Wednesday after 10 days of persistent hiccups.
  • Since being stabbed in the intestines on the campaign trail in 2018 the 66 year-old president has had several operations and continuous complications.
  • Bolsonaro has been released from the hospital after treatment for an intestinal obstruction which did not require surgery.
  • The Brazilian President affirmed that he will be back to work in his office Monday.

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Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos is Heading to Space on the New Shephard Rocket 

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  • The Amazon billionaire will be flying in space in an 11 minute 2,300-mile journey.
  • Bezos is heading to space just nine days after Richard Branson became the first man sent to space in a rocket he funded.
  • Bezos’ brother, Mark Bezos; Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot; and recent high school graduate Oliver Daemen will be the only three people accompanying him on the New Shepherd rocket which has yet to be flown with a crew.

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  • Researchers analyzed data that showed a relationship between alcohol use and cancer development from 2010 to 2020.
  • 741,300 cancer cases from 2020 were attributed to alcohol use, where men represented the majority of cases.
  • Heavy drinkers, those who consume 2 to 6 drinks or 20 to 60 grams of ethanol alcohol a day, were seen in 39.4% of alcohol-attributed cancer cases.
  • The study’s author Harriet Rumgay, a doctoral student at WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, stated “We urgently need to raise awareness about the link between alcohol consumption and cancer risk among policy makers and the general public… Public health strategies, such as reduced alcohol availability, labelling alcohol products with a health warning, and marketing bans could reduce rates of alcohol-driven cancer.”

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Oil Producers Reach Agreement to Produce More Oil Post-Pandemic

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  • An agreement to increase oil production was made Sunday by major world oil producers in an effort to decrease inflation and rising gas prices due to pandemic lockdowns.
  • The pact was made by OPEC Plus and reconciles a dispute between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – a standoff that blocked an earlier agreement, causing oil prices to skyrocket reaching an all time high in July.
  • With pandemic lockdowns lessening oil demands, OPEC Plus had withdrawn millions of barrels from the market with the goal of restoring supplies in April 2022; as world economies reel from the pandemic, the demand for oil supplies has increased along with fuel and gas prices – some analysts expect the agreement to bring down these prices.
  • The deal calls for 23 oil producing nations led by Saudi Arabia and including Russia to increase oil production by 400,000 barrels a day equivalent to increasing the world’s supply by approximately 2% – the nations are the source of roughly 40% of crude oil for the world.

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Investigation on U.S. Diplomats in Austria Ensues After Diagnosis of Havana Syndrome

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  • Authorities in Austria are investigating reports of a mystery illness experienced by U.S. Diplomats in the city of Vienna, known as Havana Syndrome.
  • Victims of the illness have experienced a wide range of symptoms including sudden vertigo, nausea, headaches, and other physical sensations – some traumatic brain injuries have been reported alongside debilitating headaches and other health issues years later.
  • Havana Syndrome was first detected in late 2016 in Cuba, with cases reported in China, Russia and other countries across the globe – in April, two separate incidents occurred near the White House affecting National Security Council staffers.
  • Since President Biden took office, about two dozen U.S. intelligence officers, diplomats, and other government officials in Vienna have reported symptoms similar to Havana Syndrome. 

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India and China Face Heightened Tensions Amid Stalemate

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  • A high level meeting between officials of India and China was held Wednesday, to address unprecedented military buildup on the border of both countries, that have led to the possibility of outbreak of war.
  • Approximately 200,000 troops have built up on both sides of the Himalyan border – however Wednesday’s meeting did not lead to a resolution that would break the year-long stalemate between the two nuclear-armed countries.
  • Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi stated that “relations between India and China are still at a low point.”
  • Several clashes between soldiers from both sides erupted last year, escalating tensions and leading to the silent buildup of troops, artillery, and infrastructure despite no official declaration of war.

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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