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The Daily Brief: Thousands Take Place in ‘Fridays for Future’ Global Climate Strike

The streets of several cities around the world, particularly Germany, have been flooded by protesters demanding governments take bold climate action now.

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  • Greta Thunberg has rallied people from all corners of the globe to join in an international ‘Fridays for Future’ climate protest intended to motivate politicians to increase environmental conservation efforts.
  • The protests ranged in size however they attracted people from all age ranges and covered a wide area of land with rallies taking place from India and Japan to Italy and the UK. 
  • The most notable ‘Fridays for Future’ protest occurred in Germany where Thunberg herself attended a rally in Berlin.
  • Thunberg addressed the crowd in Berlin along with prominent German climate activist Luisa Neubauer; both accused politicians of not doing enough to curb climate change and limit global warming to the ambitious Paris Accord value of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).
  • This ‘Friday for Future’ protest comes 2 days ahead of Germany’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. 
  • Climate change has been a major topic of interest in Germany’s election campaigns as many believe that the outcome on Sunday will determine the country’s climate goals for decades to come.

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US Deal Will Allow For Release of Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou

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  • Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Huawei, will be released from her 2-year long detainment in Canada as part of an agreement made between her US prosecutors.
  • Wanzhou had been detained in Canada on an extradition request from the US since December of 2018; US prosecutors alleged that she had committed bank fraud by not revealing the true nature of Huawei’s dealings and putting US banks at risk of violating sanctions against Iran.
  • The detention of Meng Wanzhou has been a vital source of tension between China and the US and Canada in recent years, so the move to drop charges against Wanzhou is expected to ease some strain between the countries.

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La Palma Volcano Continues to Spew As Firefighters Are Forced To Retreat

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  • The Cumbre Vieja Volcano continues to spew since erupting on La Palma, Canary Islands on Sunday. 
  • Firefighters tasked with clean-up were forced to retreat when a new vent near the flank of the volcano opened, sending shockwaves from the eruption site. 
  • Canary Island officials previously recommended residents shelter in place, however, with the risk of further explosions, over 6000 homes have now been evacuated.
  • Officials have not received reports of any serious injuries or fatalities as of today, however, flights on the Spanish island remain canceled due to the toxic cloud of gas that now extends 2 ½ miles in the sky.  

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Bitcoin Plummets As China Declares Crypto-Currency Illegal

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  • In an announcement on Friday, The Central Bank of China declared all cryptocurrency transactions as illegal, effectively banning them from the Chinese market. 
  • With China having the largest crypto-currency market in the world, the price of Bitcoin fell by over $2,000 Friday following the announcement. 
  • Chinese officials warn that crypto-currency is a volatile and speculative investment. 
  • China has been cracking down on cryptocurrency this year, first warning buyers they would no longer be protected and then in June, advising banks to no longer facilitate cryptocurrency transactions. 

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Delhi’s Most Wanted Criminal Shot Dead In Court

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  • Jitender Maan Gogi, one of Delhi’s most wanted criminals, was shot dead in court by two men disguised as lawyers. 
  • Police in the courtroom returned fire and both men, who were from a rival gang, were shot dead. 
  • Gogi was on trial for murder and extortion charges when he was shot. 
  • The incident raises concerns regarding the courtroom’s lack of security. 

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Cyber Attacks And Asset Exchanges Occur Ahead Of German Elections

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  • Germans are set to vote for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s predecessor on Sunday after Merkel announced she will be stepping down after 16 years. 
  • Just days before the election, in an attempt to undermine the German democratic process, Russia has been accused of sending targeted cyberattacks to various officials in the EU to no avail. 
  • With polls being too close to call, many German millionaires have been rushing to move their assets out of Germany and into Switzerland ahead of the results Sunday. 

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Russian Activists are Detained by Police Prior to Elections 

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  • Police have warned activists that any illegal rallies will be broken up prior to the election.
  • Police have tried to detain a total of 6 people in regards to the Monday rally. 
  • According to Marina Litvinovich, more protests will be held throughout the country. 

Tensions Between China and Taiwan Arise 

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  • Tensions have risen between Beijing and Taipei after 24 warplanes are sent into Taiwan’s Air Identification Defense Zone.
  • According to sources, a map shows that the Chinese aircraft may have consisted of H-6 bombers flying into the southern part of Taiwan. 
  • The Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs has shown a strong opposition to Taiwan.

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Muslim Protests in Assam Province Kill Two and Injure Others

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  • A video footage of a photographer stomping on a man shot by police in India’s southern province goes viral and triggers protests. 
  • The photographer has been identified as Bijoy Bania, and the wounded individual also identified as Moinul Haque. 
  • Media reports state that Bania was arrested as of Thursday and a Judicial inquiry has been placed since another person too was killed. 

UN Requests Brazil to Take Haitian Migrants at US-Mexico Border

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  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has requested if Brazil can take in Haitian migrants at the US-Mexico border, specifically those who have a Brazilian child or have passed through Brazil. 
  • According to the US Secretary of State, Atony Binker and Foreign Minister Carlos Franca there have been discussions regarding bilateral, regional, and global issues.  

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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