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The U.S. North West and Canada Face Deadly Temperatures Amid Record Breaking Heatwave

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  • Canada has consecutively broken their temperature record for three days with the highest temperature measuring at 121.3F in Lytton, British Columbia.
  • British Columbia alone has seen 100 more deaths than usual since Friday while Vancouver has reported 65 unexpected deaths all believed to be related to the heat.
  • The typically mild temperatures during the summer months in British Columbia have left many homes without air conditioning putting many families at risk of overheating as temperatures continue to rise.
  • The United States’ North West region has also seen at least a dozen deaths in Washington and Oregon that appear to be linked to the heatwave.
  • Experts say that while it is difficult to link a single event to global warming the effects of climate change will likely continue to manifest in extreme weather events such as heatwaves.
  • U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to fixing the country’s infrastructure network Tuesday when he connected the current heatwave crisis to climate change.
  • Kate Weinberger, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of British Columbia stated “”Heat likely contributes to many more deaths from causes other than heat stroke, because heat can exacerbate other chronic diseases, such as heart and lung conditions…Given the danger posed by heat, events like the ongoing heat wave in the Pacific Northwest need to be taken very seriously.”
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Cities Across Australia Rush to Lockdown as Vaccine Chaos Overtakes the Country

  • Seven Australian cities have resumed lockdown as the Delta coronavirus variant spikes case rates.
  • Only 5% of Australia’s population is fully vaccinated creating chaos as leaders urge residents to get vaccinated.
  • However, the AstraZeneca vaccine, the country’s main vaccination method, is highly debated and controversial leaving many citizens confused as the slow rollout of available doses, lack of supply, and mixed messages from leaders has not left any clear direction.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine is available for anyone under 40 while Australian Medical Association’s president disagrees claiming the news goes entirely against expert advice and states that the vaccine should only be given to those over 60.
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Israeli Settlers Agree to Leave Illegal Outpost in West Bank

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  • Israeli settlers staying in an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank have agreed to leave the area after violent clashes with Palestinians in which at least four were killed.
  • Israel had deemed the outpost illegal, but negotiations with the settlers were in progress. The Israeli settlers now have until Friday to leave after compromising with the government.
  • Palestinians held frequent protests regarding the outpost, fearing it would grow larger. The area will become a military base for Israel, leaving the structures intact.
  • A Palestinian shop in East Jerusalem in the neighborhood of Silwan was destroyed with a bulldozer by Israeli authorities, leading to protests and clashes with the police.
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Putin Claims US and UK Staged and Cooperated in Black Sea Incident

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the UK and US staged a “complex provocation” with the passing of a British warship near Crimea. He claimed a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was testing Russian’s military response.
  • Putin said he believed the incident was part of an intention to create military bases near Ukraine. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated that the ship “was conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters.”
  • In response to a question asking whether this incident could lead to World War Three, Putin denied this, saying that it would not happen because “they know they cannot win this conflict.”
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Saudi Arabia Customs Intercepts More than Four Million Amphetamine Pills

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  • Saudi Arabia’s customs intercepted more than four million amphetamine pills hidden in a shipment of oranges coming from a Jeddah port. Several people suspected of waiting for the shipment were taken into custody.
  • Authorities used an X-ray machine on the boxes of oranges, revealing pills hidden underneath the fruit. The source of the shipment has not been announced.
  • Less than a week ago, Saudi Arabian authorities intercepted more than 14 million amphetamine pills hidden in a shipment of iron sheets coming from Lebanon. Due to the drug smuggling attempts, Saudi Arabia has banned Lebanese fruit and vegetable imports.
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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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