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The Taliban overtook the capital of Nimruz on Friday, the first since the pullout of United States and NATO troops

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  • The Taliban overtook the Afgani province capital of Nimruz on Friday, marking a pivotal step in the Taliban’s continued quest for expansion. 
  • A parliament member from Nimruz claimed he had “pleaded for air support and deployment of commandos to Zanraj” after the Taliban had put pressure on overtaking the capital. 
  • He also narrated that “People and the security forces lost their morale,” and the Taliban were easily able to take over the capital after “Afghan forces simply took off their uniforms and crossed into Iran.”
  • Although the Taliban have taken over capitals before, the United States Air Support was able to withdraw them in the past. Zaranj is the first capital seized by the insurgency group since the withdrawal of United States and NATO troops this year
  • A Taliban spokesperson claimed after the takeover that their “fighters have cleared the military bases, and intelligence offices from the enemy.”
  • However, the government reinstated the Zaranaj hadn’t fallen into the hands of the Taliban as fighting still occurred “around key infrastructure in the city.”
  • The Taliban continue to incite fear and violence across Afghanistan, more recently focusing on securing larger cities, stressing more so over the borders of the country. 
  • The United Nations reported this Friday that over 1,000 civilians were “injured or killed” in August, stating their fear as Afghanistan reaches a “dangerous tipping point” with the continued threat of war zones forming in large cities. 
  • Just recently the group attempted to assassinate the country’s defense minister, and was successful in killing an Afghani media chief in charge of local and foreign media.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-06/afghan-taliban-kill-head-of-government-media-department

https://www.wsj.com/articles/taliban-seize-capital-of-afghanistans-nimroz-province-11628259499

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/06/afghanistan-taliban-nimruz/

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Hezbollah FIrst 19 Rockets into Israel

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  • The Hezbollah in Lebanon released video footage firing 19 rockets towards Israel, stating that “The Resistance has been and will stay keen to ensure  the safety of its people.” 
  • The rockets didn’t cause any injuries or casualties and 10 were intercepted before making contact with the target. 
  • Four Hezbollah members were contained following the attack. The United Nations peacekeeping stated that “ This is a very serious situation and we urge all parties to cease fire.”

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Iran Warns “Foolish” Acts By Israel Will Be Met With A “Decisive” Response

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  • This Friday, Iranian foreign minister Saeed Khatibzadeh warned Israel against any military action following remarks made by Israel stating they were prepared to attack Iran. 
  • Khatibzadeh stated on Twitter, “We state this clearly: ANY foolish act against Iran will be met with a DECISIVE response. Don’t test us.”
  • The tensions continue to rise between Israel and Iran, along with the Hezbollah and Israel, a group which is backed by Iran and recently fired rockets into Israel. 

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Fires Spread Through Greece

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  • A firefighter lost his life battling one of the 154 fires spread throughout the country due to a massive heatwave.
  • Konstantinos Michalos, president of Athens Chamber of Commerce was also found dead in a factory near an area engulfed in fires.
  • Foreign planes and firefighters are being sent to Greece and its neighboring country, Turkey, which is already suffering from the country’s worst fires. 

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Three Employees Bid Farewell to Their Jobs at CNN Over Vaccination 

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  • Jeff Zucker, CEO of CNN, made it clear of its no tolerance policy when it comes to vaccination by firing 3 of its unvaccinated employees who came to the offices. 
  • The date of return to the offices has also been pushed back to mid October rather than September. 
  • This has sparked an uproar regarding Chris Cuomo not getting fired from CNN for his role in helping his brother fight allegations of sexual abuse while working at CNN. 
  • The world has been suffering from the delta variant as most unvaccinated patients are losing their lives due to Covid.

President Biden Extends Student Loans Relief

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  • Federal Student Loan payments for Americans were paused in March 2020 as part of the Covid relief efforts.
  • This pause was to come to an end in September of 2021, however, President Biden and his administration has extended this pause until the end of January 2022.
  • This pause keeps the interest rate at zero present while the pause is in progress benefitting around 41 million people. 

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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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