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Torrential Rains Overrun Belgium

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  • Parts of Belgium were hit with heavy rains and flooding.
  • Dinant, a town in southern Belgium, was the epicenter of two hours of torrential rains.
  • The force of nature destroyed roads and cars but surprisingly no fatalities.
  • Belgium television has labeled the damage as significant, as the government begins to assess the extent.
  • Belgium and Germany have experienced unprecedented rains in the last two weeks.
  • In a prior heavy rain storm, 36 people were killed and seven went missing.
  • The current dangerous weather conditions are expected to last for the next several days.

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Ethiopia’s Amhara Region Calls for Expansion of War Amid Tigray Conflict

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  •  Ethiopia’s Amhara region has called for residents to mobilize for war against rebels from Tigray – an area of high conflict in Ethiopia’s recent political landscape.
  • Amhara is a region that borders Tigray to the south with the two regions involved in a decades-old land dispute.
  • Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to Tigray last November to overthrow the region’s ruling party, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – months of fighting has led to thousands of casualties and displacements, with Mr. Ahmed declaring a ceasefire in June – pro-TPLF forces were able to take control of the Tigray region.
  • Ethnic leader Agegnehu Teshager has stated that TPLF is a “terrorist group fighting against Afar and Amhara people,” – he has called for the ethnic people of Amhara to join the fighting against TPLF forces in Tigray.

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Team USA Loses to France in First Olympic Men’s Basketball Loss Since 2004 

  • France defeated Team USA in Men’s Basketball with a sweeping 83-76 victory to open the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
  • The loss for Team USA has broken a 25-game winning Olympic streak dating back to 2004.
  • U.S. head coach Gregg Popovich said he was “disappointed” in the loss but not necessarily surprised, referring to the competency of the French team.
  • Both teams will return to court on Wednesday with the U.S. team scheduled to play against Iran and the French team scheduled to play against the Czech Republic.

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China Launches New Crazy Fast Maglev Bullet Train 

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  • The world’s fastest train,which can reach speeds of 373 mph, made its debut in Qingdao, China.
  • The magnetic levitation technology of the train dubbed ‘maglev’ allows for lower levels of noise pollution as well as less maintenance.
  • The state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation developed the train with hopes of connecting major metropolitan areas throughout the country by train to make travel cheaper and faster in the world’s most populous country.

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Covid-19 Expert Dr. Fauci States the U.S. is “Going in the Wrong Direction” in Terms of Coronavirus Cases

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci warns Americans to remain diligent as the Delta variant of coronavirus is spiking case numbers all over the United States.
  • With half of the country not vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus which continues to ravage through America Dr. Fauci claims that reinstating the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals is under “active consideration.”
  • When asked about the worst case scenario model of the pandemic which shows 4,000 U.S. deaths in one day from Covid-19 Dr. Fauci stated “If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases and, as you said in the run-in to this interview, that it is among the unvaccinated. And since we have 50% of the country is not fully vaccinated, that’s a problem.”

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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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