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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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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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