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The Daily Brief: Show Of Force Between Koreas Escalates Tensions in Southeast Asia

Show Of Force Between Koreas Escalates Tensions in Southeast Asia

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  • North Korea and South Korea flexed their military muscles on Wednesday by testing their ballistic missiles capabilities.
  • North Korea fired first, launching two missiles close to the Korean Peninsula.
  • South Korea tested their system a few hours later, citing successful launches.
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in has stated the need for armament build up is in response to North Korea’s growing capabilities.
  • North Korea has defended its actions and military exercises as routine.
  • Ballistic missiles are concernful because they can be modified to carry nuclear heads.
  • North Korea is currently under sanction by the United States, in the hopes the country will give up its nuclear programs.

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Pakistan calls for engagement with Taliban

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  • Senior Pakistani officials are calling for the world community to enter in direct talks with the Taliban.
  • The government cautioned that stalling communications would only reenter the United States and Afghanistan into a relationship of peril.
  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested that opening communications might motivate the Taliban to shift their positions on women’s rights and inclusive governing. 

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Al Jazeera

Reuters

CNN

U.S. Olympic Gymnasts Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse by Doctor  

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  • Top U.S. Olympic gymnasts, including world renowned Simone Biles have spoken out against the handling of Larry Nassar’s case by the FBI.
  • Four elite gymnasts spoke out emotionally about the sexual abuse and trauma they faced from Nassar’s repeated sexual misconduct as sports doctor for the Olympics.
  • Testimonials include accounts of silence by FBI agents when told about the molestations.
  • The gymnast accounts say the FBI did not make their complaints seem valuable or give importance to the pain they had endured.

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Gavin Newsom’s Wins After California Recall Election

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  • Democrats in California have called for changes to the state’s recall process after the victory of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom against a Republican-led effort to remove him from office.
  • Leaders and government officials have emphatically declared that an individual who receives fewer votes should not be able to replace an elected official.
  • Newsom has used his victory to warn California’s residents of what he considers are the dangers of a Republican replacement, such as pushback for COVID-19 safety precautions and the state’s progressive nature.

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U.S. and European Union Tackle Climate Change

  • The United States and European Union have agreed to reduce methane emissions by 30% at the end of this decade and are urging other world economies to do the same.
  • A world summit to tackle the problem of climate change will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • A Pew Research Report has shown that more than 80% of people say they agree to take measures to stop climate change.
  • U.S. conservatives lag behind in their commitment to reducing climate change.

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CNBC

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U.N. Calls for Moratorium on Human RIghts Violations by AI

  • U.N. officials are warning that information collected from artificial intelligence could be discriminatory and threaten human rights.
  • The U.N. High Commissioner is calling for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems.
  • A report compiled by the High Commissioner’s office will be sent to the U.N. Security Council to provide an analysis of how digital technologies are impacting human lives.

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Al Jazeera

VOA News

Biden To Meet With CEOs About Vaccine Mandates Despite Backlash

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  • President Joe Biden plans to meet with various CEOs this Wednesday to draft vaccinate regulations for their employees and enable more Americans to be vaccinated. 
  • The announcement last Thursday mandating vaccinations for two-thirds of federal workers has been met with heavy backlash. Arizona and South Dakota are two states who have already announced their plans to sue the administration on “unconstitutional” grounds. 
  • However, critics argue against the statement, claiming there is no constitutional right allowing Americans to put others at risk by refusing to be vaccinated. 

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NBC

Al Jazeera

NBC

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Suspect Of 2015 Paris Attacks Claim It Was “Nothing Personal” And France “Knew [The] Risks”

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  • Saleh Abdeslam, the only survivor left out of the 10 responsible for the 2015 attack on the French Capital, stated to the courts that the attack was “nothing personal” but should’ve been expected after France launched airstrikes to Syria. 
  • The attack occurred on November 13th, 2015, in which various sites were targeted by armed gunmen and suicide bombers. 130 innocent civilians were killed and over 300 injured in the deadliest attack in France since World War II. 
  • Abdeslam also stated: “To explain that what we wanted to target was France and not individual persons -– right, except it was people who were injured and killed, innocent people, targeted voluntarily. It’s morally unacceptable.” 
  • It’s the first time in six years since his arrest that Abdeslam has spoken up about the incident. Families of those who were killed and those injured because of the event attended the hearing, 

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Associated Press

The Guardian

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UN Withdraws Peacekeepers in Gabon After Sexual Abuse Allegations

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  • The United Nations have withdrawn peacekeepers in Gabon, Africa after several sexual abuse allegations. 
  • “In recent weeks, exceptionally serious acts that go against military ethics and the honour of the armed forces, committed by certain elements in the Gabonese battalions … have been reported,” as stated by the ministry. 
  • All 450 troops stationed in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been sent home. An investigation has been opened for the five girls who have come forward, and the UN promised “extreme rigor” if the allegations are proven true. 
  • The allegations add to a number of cases which have previously been overlooked by the UN in CAR, as well as mirrored instances in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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US News

Al Jazeera

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Lebanon Continues Negotiations with IMF Following New Government and Economic Crisis

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  • Following the newly established government in Lebanon, both the former Prime Minister and President have agreed on a technocratic government with 24 board members. 
  • The news comes after over a year of negotiations, the Beirut explosion, a major economic crisis in which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declined over 30%. 
  • Critics remain skeptical about whether this form of government will achieve in bringing the company out of the financial crises, as Lebanon remains in talks with the IMF to draft a support plan. 

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Reuters

Daily Sabah

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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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