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The Daily Brief: Protests in Lebanon Become Violent as Gunfire Shakes the Country

President Michel Aoun claims he will bring perpetrators to justice after open gunfire in Beirut takes the lives of six individuals.

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The Daily Brief Protests in Lebanon Become Violent as Gunfire Shakes the Country

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Six reported dead and 30 left wounded after gunfire erupts at a Lebanese protest.
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  • President Michel Aoun claims he will bring perpetrators to justice after open gunfire in Beirut takes the lives of six individuals.
  • The Hezbollah and Amal movements organized a rally to demand the lead investigator into last year’s port explosion be dismissed.
  • Judge Tarek Bitar is accused of political bias causing hundreds of protestors to gather outside of Beirut Palace of Justice to demand for his removal.
  • The protest soon turned violent when bursts of gunfire from the nearby Tayyoune neighbourhood drove many to scatter and left rival groups to clash for hours on end.
  • Nine suspects have been arrested for the gunfire including a Syrian man.
  • President Aoun stated the incident “It took us back to the days that we said we would never forget and never repeat” speaking in reference to the country’s 15-year civil war.
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Lebanese army arrests nine people after Beirut violence | News | Al Jazeera

Lebanon: Beirut’s worst street violence in more than a decade kills at least 6 – CNN

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Banksy’s Artwork Sells for More Than 20 Times its Initial Price

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  • The famous self-destructing Banksy art that sold for $1.4 million three-years ago was resold by Sotheby’s for a massive gain of $25.4 million.
  • More than doubling Banksy’s “Devolved Parliament” which sold for $12.1 million in 2019 the “Love Is in the Bin” is now the artist’s most expensive piece of art.
  • Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s chairman of modern and contemporary art, stated “It has been a whirlwind to follow the journey of this now legendary piece and to have it back in our midst, offering it tonight in the very room it was created by the artist…Banksy is no stranger to making headlines and this latest chapter in his story has captured imaginations across the world — we can only begin to guess what might come next.”
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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/arts/design/banksy-art-sothebys-

Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction (apnews.com)

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The Last International Airline In Afghanistan, Suspends Flights on Thursday 

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  • Pakistan International Airways (PIA), suspended flights to Afghanistan Thursday citing the heavy-handedness of the Taliban authorities, leaving many Afghans no way out of the country. 
  • The suspension comes as the Taliban warned PIA to cut ticket prices to the value they were before the US withdrew in August or face being blocked. 
  • PIA officials stated their staff experienced many delays, physical altercations, and even detainment by Taliban authorities forcing them to suspend flights.
  • Prices from Kabul to Islamabad, Pakistan, prior to the US withdrawing in August ranged from $120 to $150 however are now going for $2,500, an amount many Afghans cannot afford.
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  • Al Jazeera 
  • Reuters 
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Armenia and Azerbaijan Plead Their Case in UN International Court of Justice 

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  • Officials from Armenia and Azerbaijan met with the UN International Court of Justice this week, each pleading their cases in regards to the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 
  • Armenia argued that the court should force Azerbaijan to release prisoners detained in last year’s 6-week war and also accused Azerbaijan of promoting ethnic hatred. 
  • Azerbaijan denies the allegations and urges the court to reject Armenia’s requests. 
  • The hearing comes as the two nations clashed with one another last year regarding the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, leaving 6,600 people dead. 
  • The case between the two nations is ongoing and may take years before the UN International Court can reach a final ruling. 
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  • Al Jazeera
  • AP News 
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At Least 46 Killed and 41 Injured in Taiwan Fire

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  • A fire ripped through a 13 story residential and commercial building in the middle of the night in Southern Taiwan killing at least 46 and injuring at least 41. 
  • Residents, who were mostly elderly or disabled, reported hearing a loud explosion and then seeing a fire grow from the lower level. 
  • Though the cause of the blaze is still unknown, the city’s fire chief, Lee Ching-hsiu, attributed the large loss of life to the aging building, large amounts of debris in and around the building, and the immobility of many of the residents. 
  • Search and rescue crews are on the scene and are actively searching through the debris.

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Microsoft’s LinkedIn Suspending Platform in China After 7 Years

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  • Microsoft’s LinkedIn, the only western social media platform that was allowed in China, announced it will be shutting down its operations in China after a 7-year run. 
  • Microsoft officials stated that complying with the Chinese state has become increasingly difficult. 
  • The shutdown comes as LinkedIn recently faced backlash for blocking Chinese journalists on their platform. 
  • Microsoft announced that a new job-only platform called InJobs, will launch in China later this year, but it will only feature jobs and no social media feed. 

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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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