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Train Collision Injures More Than 200 People in Malaysian Capital

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  • This Monday two metro light rail trains collided in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur causing severe injury to 47 people and minor wounds to 166 others.
  • One of the trains was empty after undergoing repairs and the other held 213 people, all of whom sustained some injury due to the clash.
  • Both trains were running on the same track in opposite directions resulting in a head-on collision.
  • The collision occurred in an underground tunnel around 8:45 PM (12:45 GMT).
  • District police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah has stated that the police “suspect that perhaps there was a miscommunication from the trains’ operations control centre”.
  • Transport minister Wee Ka Siong said that the government is “sad to face such incidents because it is the first such accident in over 23 years of the LRT operating in Malaysia.”
  • Wee Ka Siong also provided insight on the details of the crash stating that “one carriage was travelling at 20km/h and another at around 40km/h when the collision happened and this caused a significant jolt that threw some passengers out of their seats and this was how they sustained their injuries.”
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Palestinians Continue to Hold Mass Demonstrations as the Isreali Police Arrest Protestors

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  • Isreali police announced on Sunday night that they will continue to arrest Palestinian demonstrators who have taken to the streets to bring light to the atrocities that are taking place in Sheik Jarrah, the Al-Aqsa mosque, Gaza, and the West Bank.
  • A shocking 1,550 people have already been arrested since May 9th, none of whom are the Isreali settlers that have forced Palestinians out of their homes.
  • Hassan Jabareen, the general director of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, stated that the arrests intend to “intimidate and to exact revenge on Palestinian citizens of Israel – ‘to settle the score’ with Palestinians, in the Israeli police’s own words – for their political positions and activities.”
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Total Lunar Eclipse to Occur at the Same Time as Supermoon 

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  • The Super Flower Blood Moon, as it has been dubbed, will occur this week and is expected to last five hours, of which 15 minutes will be a total eclipse.
  • The cosmic spectacle will be visible all over the world where the sky is clear with the best viewing in the western half of North America, bottom of South America, and eastern Asia.
  • Another eclipse is set to occur in November for which Diana Hannikainen, observing editor at Sky & Telescope stated the eclipse “will be partial, but only the thinnest sliver of the Moon’s disk will remain outside the umbra, so for all intents and purposes it’ll be very much like a total eclipse.”
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Samoa’s Elected Prime Minister Locked Out of Parliament During Swearing In Ceremony

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  • The Pacific Island of Samoa planned to swear in Fiame Naomi Mata’afa’s in a Parliamentary sitting that was cancelled at the last minute by the current head of state, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II, who claims he is still in charge. Mata’afa is the first female to be elected as leader.
  • Samoa’s Supreme Court ruled that the parliamentary sitting could not be cancelled, but the doors were still locked, preventing Mata’afa and her party from entering. She was instead sworn in inside a tent outside.
  • The general election held in April was extremely close, and the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) lost after holding power for four decades. Some opponents say the proceedings inside the tent were illegal and unofficial.
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Brazil Continues Senate Inquiry into Government Handling of Pandemic

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  • The Brazil government has been undergoing hearings as part of a Senate inquiry looking into the claim that the Brazilian government failed in its handling of Covid-19, costing thousands of lives.
  • The Senate inquiry launched in April has included numerous accusations of lying, and many arguments. The former health minister stated that he had not received any direction from the President, and that all decisions were his own, a move that many believe is to protect the President from any blame.
  • Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly been unsupportive of vaccines, masks, lockdown measures, and has held large events where he voices these ideals. He is up for re-election next year, and his approval ratings are falling.
  • Brazil has one of the highest covid death tolls, and is currently battling the virus with a lack of vaccines. A new variant of coronavirus discovered in India was found in Brazil recently.
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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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