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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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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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