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The Daily Brief: Sentimental Exchange Between President Biden and Pope Francis in Rome

US President Joe Biden states that the Pope recommended he keep receiving holy communion at their recent meeting at the Vatican on Friday.

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Joe Biden met with Pope Francis again at the Vatican 2021

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  • Pope Francis held an audience with US President Joe Biden at the Vatican this Friday, an event which comes amid a massive abortion debate amongst US Catholics.
  • Several American Catholic Bishops feel that politicians who supportion abortion rights should not be allowed to take part in communion.
  • After his 75 minute private meeting with the Pope, Biden informed reporters that the Pope told him he was a “good Catholic” and should continue receiving communion.
  • The Pope’s words are sure to rock the US abortion debate amongst Catholics. Several bishops have already spoken up either supporting the Pope’s words or questioning Biden’s narration of events.
  • President Biden’s meeting with the Pope marks the beginning of his second foreign trip since assuming the presidency.
  • After his audience with the Pope, Biden met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi as well as French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • Biden’s meeting with Macron was hosted in an effort to repair the tense relationship between the US and France which emerged after the US secured a multibillion dollar submarine deal with Australia that was initially pledged to France.

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Belarus Lines up to Battle Media Giants

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  • Belarus has taken a strong stance against certain social media channels, labelling them as “extremist” and punishing their subscribers with up to 7 years in prison.
  • The country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs released a statement on Friday prohibiting activity “through the Telegram channels NEXTA, NEXTA-Live and LUXTA”.
  • Social media platforms such as Telegram were instrumental in coordinating mass protests and demonstrations against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year.

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Lebanese Petrol Priced Out of Reach

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  • Lebanon has an abundance of petrol, but no one in the general public can afford it. Previously, there were shortages with lines of people waiting to fill tanks.
  • Lebanese residents are spending roughly three quarters of their salary just on fuel for commuting. 
  • Furthermore, the Lebanese pound has lost 90% of its value meaning pushing three quarters of the Lebanese population under the poverty line. 
  • Currently the price of a taxi ride costs about 30,000 Lebanese pounds. 

Sicily: Cyclones Leave Cars Floating on Streets 

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  • As of Monday, Italy’s island of Sicily has been hit by a cyclone storm producing 11.8 inches of rainfall and killing two people. 
  • This extreme weather condition is known as “medicane”.
  • President Nello Musumeci has advised civilians to stay indoors and avoid the inclement weather. 

Evergrande Avoids Default Once Again 

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  • Once again China’s Evergrande, a massive multinational real estate group, has avoided defaulting on its massive debt.
  • Reports state that Evergrande paid $83.5 million in interest on its overdue payments.
  • Had the company failed to pay by Friday’s deadline, the default would have triggered cross defaults on its $19 billion bonds in international markets. 

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  • Netflix’s hit show Squid Game has ventured into the cryptocurrency world and made a 75,000% jump in value this week alone.
  • As of Tuesday, Squid Game was trading around $0.012 and as by Friday it traded at $9.19
  • Gamers have even created an online version of the Netflix Show which requires Squid Game cryptocurrency to play. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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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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