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President Ashraf Ghani Welcomed into UAE

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  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is currently in the UAE, where he announced in a Facebook video message that he left Afghanistan to avoid bloodshed and “being hanged” if he remained.
  • The UAE’s foreign ministry publicly stated that they welcomed Ghani on humanitarian grounds. The United States criticized members of the Afghan government fleeing the country.
  • There were allegations that Ghani left Afghanistan with large sums of money, namely $169 million, but he called these accusations “unsubstantiated and untrue.”
  • Dozens of people came together in Jalalabad to protest the Taliban’s rule. Going against their promise of respecting human rights, the Taliban fired into the crowd and attacked protestors. At least two people were killed in the violence.
  • The UK announced that they would be accepting 20,000 Afghan refugees, prioritising women and children.
  • Canada laid out a similar promise of accepting 20,000 refugees, including “women leaders, human-rights advocates, journalists, LGBTQ individuals, those who belong to persecuted religious groups, and families of interpreters already resettled in Canada.”
  • Austria has stated they will be implementing immediate aid and deportation measures to prevent an influx of refugees from staying in the country and to “keep the majority of people in the region.”

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Cuba Writes Law Limiting Social Media That “Incite Mobilizations”

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  • Cuba introduced a new law, named Decree 35, restricting social media use and certain publications if they “incite mobilizations or other acts that upset public order,” angering activists and citizens who believe this is preventing people from spreading the truth.
  • Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who blames the widespread anti-government protests last month on misinformation online, said that the law “goes against misinformation and cyber lies.”
  • Last month, Cuba saw its largest protests due to anger over lack of political freedom. The US government was blamed for inciting the protests with social media. Internet access was therefore restricted by the government during that time period.

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President Erdogan Expressed Willingness to Mediate Ethiopia, Sudan Dispute

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  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is willing to help resolve tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan regarding their border dispute.
  • While visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Erdogan emphasized the importance of Ethiopia’s “peace, tranquility and integrity.” Ahmed stated that the two countries’ relationship was based on “mutual respect and trust.”
  • Last week, Turkey hosted General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, who is a high level official from Sudan, and Erdogan expressed Turkey’s willingness “to make any contribution to an amicable resolution of the problem, including mediation.”
  • The conflict in Tigray has killed thousands and left many in extreme poverty and danger.

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Vacationers Evacuate as Wildfire Blazes Near the French Riviera

  • A wildfire near the French Riviera killed two people and injured 27 Wednesday.
  • High temperatures and dry conditions exacerbated by climate change contributed to the wildfire, which has been burning since Monday.
  • Emmanuel Macron, French President, expressed gratitude to the firefighters for their efforts.
  • Over 1,000 firefighters have been tirelessly working to put out the flames as water bombers provided overhead relief.

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Caldor Fire In California Rages On, Forcing Counties Into A State of Emergency

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  • Thousands of Californians were evacuated on Wednesday in El Dorado County after the Caldor wildfire doubled in size overnight. 
  • California governor Gavin Newsome announced an emergency declaration in response, adding to the number of counties under states of emergencies and citing mandatory evacuations. 
  • The Caldor fire comes amidst the already present and growing Dixie fire, which has been deemed “exceedingly resistant to control” and has been the cause of multiple injuries and damaged structures. 
  • Cal state fire released a statement as the Caldor fire measured 54,000 acres saying “The Caldor Fire continued to experience unprecedented fire behavior and growth due to extremely dry fuels pushed by the south west winds… ” A red flag warning is still in effect for the fire area through 8:00 PM tonight with winds switching to the northeast.” 

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Poland Deploys Hundreds of Troops To Belarus Border With Increase of Migrants

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  • With the influx of migrants to Belarus, Poland has deployed over 900 of its men to stop the migrations, setting up barbed wire along the country’s border.   
  • The Polish defense ministry said in a statement that their “government’s priority is the safety of Polish citizens,” and their beliefs that migrants attempting to get access into Belarus “pose a threat” to their citizens. 
  • Poland is among a group of Baltic nations who lay blame on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for sending the migrants believed to be from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria to their borders. 


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Hong Kong Arrests Four Students For “Advocating Terrorism”

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  • Local police arrested four students attending the University of Hong Kong Wednesday on the grounds of “advocating terrorism.” 
  • The schools student union passed a motion “apprecie[ing” the “sacrifice” of a 50 year old who stabbed a policeman before committing suicide. 
  • The arrests come after a series of crackdowns by the Beijing government following the passage of the controversial national security law after many anti-government protests in 2019. 
  • Following the arrests, the student union rebuked the motion and the University cut off the Union. The four students currently await their fate in custody. 

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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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