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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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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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