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The Daily Brief: Suicide Bombing Kills Dozens in Northern Afghanistan Mosque

A Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern city of Kunduz was attacked by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers yesterday.

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The Daily Brief Suicide Bombing Kills Dozens in Northern Afghanistan Mosque

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ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on a Shia mosque in Northern Afghanistan which injured or killed more than 100 people.
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  • A Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern city of Kunduz was attacked by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers yesterday.
  • Reports have estimated that the attack killed or injured upwards of 100 people with Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for Kunduz province, stating that a “majority of them have been killed”.
  • This incident marks the largest attack in the country since the Taliban’s rise to power; Dost Mohammad Obaida claims that an investigation into the attack is underway assuring Shias that “the Taliban are prepared to ensure their safety”.
  • The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) has claimed responsibility for the attack as it continues its campaign against the Hazara Shia minority in Afghanistan.
  • ISIS-K is a Sunni extremist group which has long targeted Shia Muslims in Afghanistan, especially those of the Hazara ethnic minority, which is predominantly Shia.
  • This attack is the largest conducted by ISIS-K since their August 26th attack on Kabul International Airport which killed about 170 civilians and 13 US troops.
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Facebook to Ban Sale of Protected Amazon Rainforest Land on Marketplace

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  • Facebook has announced plans to curb the sale of large parcels of protected Amazon rainforest land though Marketplace.
  • The new policy will “explicitly prohibit” the illegal sale or purchase of “land in ecological conservation areas within the Amazon rainforest.”
  • This move is limited to protected areas of the Amazon rainforest and does not extend to other wildlife habitats or publicly owned land.
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BBC

Business Insider

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130 Countries Agree to Set a Minimum Tax Rate to 15%

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  • Powerful nations in the world have finalized a minimum corporate tax rate of 15% as well as other changes in regards to tax havens.
  • This tax rate will now be applied to companies with a revenue of 866 million USD or above. 
  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced the development on Friday, stating that “The landmark deal, agreed by 136 countries and jurisdictions representing more than 90% of global GDP, will also reallocate more than USD 125 billion of profits from around 100 of the world’s largest and most profitable MNEs to countries worldwide, ensuring that these firms pay a fair share of tax wherever they operate and generate profits”.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/08/business/oecd-global–tax.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/06/05/g7-tax-us-yellen/

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  • As of 2019 2.3 million doses of Moxiquirix have been administered to infants. 
  • The vaccine aims to kill the disease which affects children under 5. 
  • Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti states that she hopes since more children will be protected from malaria as infants, more will grow up as healthy adults. 
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/07/africa/africa-historic-malaria-breakthrough-celebrated-intl/index.html

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1102362

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Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov Win Nobel Peace Prize 

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  • Journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dimtri Muratov of Russia have won the Nobel Peace Prize after their courageous efforts to amplify the right to freedom of expression. 
  • A committee member has stated that they are representatives for other journalists as they have stood up for the freedom of the press in an ideal democratic world. 
  • In the Philippines alone 87 journalists have been killed and in Russia there have been 58 killed while 7 have been reported missing.

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Polish Court Ruling Challenges EU Law 

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  • A new court ruling in Poland which has challenged the Supremacy of the EU, may lead to more crises and the exit of Poland from the EU. 
  • The aftermath of the ruling may push the Polish government into reconsidering economic risks which have clashed with EU laws. 
  • Politicians across Europe say that Poland is playing with fire, since it has had fast economic growth since under the EU.

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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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