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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

CNBC

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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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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