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The Daily Brief: Thousands Protest Lockdown Measures in Australia

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  • Thousands in Australia have gathered to protest recent Covid lockdown measures while facing, at times violent, clashes with the police. More than 250 protestors have been arrested, and at least seven police officers injured.
  • The protests occurred the same day as Australia’s highest reported number of daily cases.
  • Majority of new cases in Australia originated from Sydney, which has been on lockdown for the past two months. Police blocked private and public transport in the city to deter protestors.
  • The bulk of protestors gathered in Melbourne, the same place where the most violence took place. Pepper spray was used by officers against protestors in Melbourne.
  • Fines were given to hundreds of protestors for violating health ordinances. Most protestors neglected to wear masks.
  • Australia has recently been facing a surge of infections due to the Delta variant. New South Wales implemented harsh lockdown procedures after it recorded almost 900 locally-acquired infections.
  • NSW has announced that the lockdown will last till the end of September, including a nightly curfew in some parts of the city.
  • Australia consistently had a low number of cases throughout the pandemic, and only recently started to see a rise in cases due to the Delta variant.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-58291873

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/asia/australia-covid-worst-day-intl-hnk/index.html

https://apnews.com/article/health-arrests-australia-coronavirus-pandemic-235cbc89759672e00b030663b396ea1b

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Warnings of Possible ISIS-K Attack Leave Kabul Airport Dangerous

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  • The US has announced that people trying to evacuate Afghanistan should find alternative routes to Kabul Airport, or avoid it altogether, due to a potential attack from ISIS-K, a terror group offshoot from ISIS.
  • The Taliban, who are an enemy of ISIS, are coordinating with the US on evacuation routes and avoiding large crowds gathering together. Germany and Switzerland have also stated that the airport is dangerous.
  • US President Joe Biden stated that the White House is “keeping a close watch on any potential terrorist threat at or around the airport, including from the ISIS affiliates in Afghanistan who were released from prison when the prisons were emptied.”
  • The US Embassy gave instructions to only travel to the airport if they received personal instructions from a US government representative.

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Greece and Turkey Complete Border Wall Amidst Influx of Afghan Migrants

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  • Fueled by a possible influx of Afghan migrants, Greece has finished its wall bordering Turkey. The wall is 25 miles long and includes a surveillance system.
  • Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis emphasised that Greece’s “borders will remain secure and inviolable.” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also stated that the influx of migrants “is inevitable if the necessary measures are not taken in Afghanistan and in Iran.”
  • Thousands of Afghans are fleeing the country after the Taliban’s takeover, leading countries around the world deciding how to handle the surge of migrants.

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Hurricane Grace Hits Mexico, Kills 8

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  • A category 3 hurricane hit Mexico this weekend, killing eight people causing power shut downs and highway closures. 
  • Hurricane Grace brought severe torrential rains, floods, and landslides. The hurricane center stated that 6 to 12 inches of rain were expected through the weekend. 
  • The hurricane had previously hit Yucatan this Thursday, passing over Haiti which just faced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake earlier this month. 
  • President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador announced the emergency, calling on “Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, and Hidalgo to seek refuge in high places with relatives and in shelters that are being set up.”

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Hurricane Henri Predicted To Hit Northeast This Weekend

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  • Hurricane Henri is expected to make contact soon in the U.S., predicted to hit Long Island or New England.  
  • The National Hurricane Center reported that the hurricane gained winds up to 75 miles per hour, stating it will be ““at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the coasts.” 
  • The Hurricane has made contact eight times in the Northeast region, well known for its damaging winds and storm impacts. 
  • Meteorologists put emphasis on the importance of preparing for the hurricane which is expected to arrive this weekend. 

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China Passes 3 Child Policy

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  • China formally passed the 3 child policy this week in an attempt to increase the country’s birth rate. 
  • The policy passed by the National People’s Congress permits couples to have up to 3 children and cancels the “burdens” of having children, including fees having to be paid for extra children and lengthening short parental leaves. 
  • The policy also aims to decrease workplace discrimination against mothers and pregnant woman, who make up very little of the Chinese workforce. 

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King of Malaysia Chooses Country’s Ninth Prime MInister

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  • Ismail Sabri Yaakob succeeds Muhyiddin Yassin after the latter resigned amid unrest in his coalition. 
  • Prime Minister Yaakob is from the United Malaysia National Organisation coalition which was in power from 1957 to 2018. 
  • Yaakob headed Malaysia’s pandemic response and was criticized for poor handling of the COVID-19 crisis; Malaysia continues to see infection rates rise even though the country has been in lockdown since June. 
  • Yaakob has also been previously criticized for inflaming racial tensions; he made controversial remarks aimed at the ethnically diverse coalition that was ruling in 2019. 

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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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