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RyanAir Intercepted To Apprehend Belarus Suspect

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  • In a scene from a political movie thriller, a European airliner was intercepted while en route from Greece to Lithuania, at the order of Belarus President Alexandar Lukashenko. 
  • The plane was forced to land in Minsk, at which point activist and journalist Roman Protasevich was taken into custody.
  • Protasevich is a highly outspoken critic of President Lukashenko, and Lukashenko is accused of silencing many forms of criticism against his government since coming into office in 1994.
  • The RyanAir flight was first alerted to a potential bomb threat on board, which later turned out to be unfounded. 
  • A military jet then escorted the flight to Minsk, in order to apprehend Protasevich. 
  • Lukashenko’s act has been strongly condemned by multiple countries.
  • The European Union already has some sanctions in place against Belarus, and more are being considered.

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Iran Declares Access To Nuclear Site Images No Longer Available to IAEA

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  • Iranian parliament representative Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf declared that access to images of their nuclear sites will no longer be available to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following their three month monitoring agreement.
  • IAEA, who is currently in talks with Iran to extend the deal, initially struck up the agreement after Iran’s reluctance to share nuclear details with the organization to initially persuade Western powers to lift all economic sanctions and restore the 2015 nuclear deal. 
  • However, the West and global powers who have hosted many negotiations with Iran fears that the IAEA’s failure to rekindle the agreement will prohibit any chances of restoring the 2015 deal.
  • Hassan Rouhini, Iran’s President, was later quoted stating to state media that the talks would continue “until reaching a final agreement” and that all sanctions must be lifted. 

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Italy Cable Car Crash Kills 14

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  • A cable car in Italy which crashed after falling 60 feet has killed at least 14 of 15 passengers believed to have been aboard, officials report. 
  • The car, which had just reopened after being closed under local coronavirus guidelines, connected between the Italian town of Stresa and the Mottarone mountain over lake Maggiore, crashing in a wooden area, according to rescue operations. 
  • The cause of the crash is currently unknown. Victims affected included thirteen adults who reportedly died at the scene, and one child who’s wounds were being tended to.
  • Multiple leaders offered condolences, including the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who stated he was keeping updated on any updates through the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility.

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Pfizer and Astrazeneca Vaccines highly effective against COVID-19 strain in India

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  • A study has found that the Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccines are highly effective against the B1617.2 strain found in India
  • The Pfizer vaccine was found to be 88% effective and the Astrazeneca vaccine 60% effective against the variant after the second dose. 
  • The study results provide promising outcomes on the effectiveness of vaccines, especially after the W.H.O dubbed the B1617.2 strain a “variant of global concern”
  • Testing data reveals that there have been at least 2,800 cases of the B1617.2 strain found in the U.K., leading to six deaths and 104 hospitalizations. 
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Liverpool and Chelsea among top four in Champions League

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  • Liverpool and Chelsea came in third and fourth place respectively in Sunday’s Premier League
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said achieving a Championship qualification from the past chaotic year was the “best feeling I could have dreamed of”. 
  • Man City and Man Utd came in first and second respectively in Sunday’s Premier League
  • Players on the Liverpool team have received wide applause for persevering and working hard this season. 

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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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