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Trial Begins for Perpetrators of 2015 Paris Attacks

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  • A nine month trial began on Wednesday to try the 20 men accused of perpetrating the worst terrorist attack in France since World War II. 
  • In November 2015, a group of armed militants embarked on what appears to be a coordinated killing spree across Paris, leaving 130 dead.
  • Six years later, the trial commenced under the strictest security measures in France’s judicial history.
  • The trial opened with a fiery claim by suspect Saleh Abdeslam, that the accused were treated inhumanely during imprisonment. 
  • Abdeslam went on to identify himself as a soldier of the Islamic State.
  • The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the 2015 attacks.
  • Over the course of the nine month trial, more than 130 lawyers and 1900 plaintiffs are expected to take part. 

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Taliban Rulers Face Protestors and Fleeing Afghanis

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  • The interim Taliban government is struggling to maintain calm in its nascent stage of leadership.
  • There are reports of violence against women who are protesting the all-male government cabinet.
  • Meanwhile, Pakistan continues a mild but steady military strike along the shared border with Afghanistan, in an attempt to draw out Taliban fighters responsible for attacks inside Pakistan.
  • Many Afghans are still desperate to leave the country, traveling as far as Mazar-i-Sharif in order to attempt to board private flights.

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Syrian Government Attacks Leave Many Civilians Dead

  • Syrian regime forces have carried out multiple attacks in the Idlib province which is controlled by the rebel groups Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the National Liberation Front. 
  • A medical center was destroyed; the center was the only source of medical aid for civilians in the area.  
  • Russia and Turkey had overseen a ceasefire in 2020 between government forces and rebel forces in the region. 
  •  Many civilians have been displaced due to the government regaining control of the formerly rebel-held areas. 
  • The Syrian government has been accused of attacking hospitals, schools, and camps for displaced people.  

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WHO Tells Wealthy Nations To Postpone Booster Shots for COVID-19 Until 2022

  • Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus proposed a moratorium for wealthy countries until low-income countries can inoculate at least forty percent of their population. 
  • High-income countries have been preparing to offer booster shots for vulnerable populations. 
  • COVAX said there was a shortage of vaccines due to manufacturing problems and export restrictions from the Serum Institute of India. 

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Families of Six Palestinian Escapees Are Targeted By Israeli Military Forces 

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  • Israeli soldiers arrested family members of Palestinian prisoners who had escaped from Gilboa Prison in Israel.
  • The uncle of one of the prisoners expects Jenin refugee camp, in which the families reside, will be stormed by Israeli forces. 
  • The news of the escaped prisoners is a source of joy for many Palestinians. 

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El Salvador Sees Protests After Bitcoin Crash

  • El Salvador adopted bitcoin as legal tender and the first day saw the value fall.
  • President Bukele had undertaken the legal tender experiment in hopes of advancing his country. 
  • Protesters criticized the instability of Bitcoin and the possibility of illegal transactions. 

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Russia’s Emergencies Minister Dies After Rescue Mission  

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  • Russia’s emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev died after engaging in training exercises in the Arctic and attempting to save someone’s life.
  • Zinichev died after attempting to rescue a cameraman who slipped and fell into water, according to the Moscow Times.
  • The emergencies minister had worked with the ministry since 2018 and was a key member of President Vladimir Putin’s security team.
  • Both ZInichev, 55 and the cameraman, 63 did not survive, due to being present at the edge of a cliff – a protruding rock hit ZInichev as he aimed to rescue the cameraman.

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Robert E. Lee Statue in Virginia Comes Down

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  •  One of the largest Confederate statues in the United States of General Robert E. Lee, a commander of the South’s Civil War, was taken down in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Many civil rights activists viewed the removal of the Confederate symbol as a major victory, with hundreds of viewers cheering as the 21-foot statue was displaced in the air, followed by a truck.
  • Following the George Floyd protests that emerged last year, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the statue.
  • Recent events relating to race relations have spurred conversations, debates, and a rethinking of America’s complex history with African Americans – many hope the removal will bring a new era of change with progress in equal rights.

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West African Nations Block Guinea After Military Coup

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  •  West Africa’s main political and economic regional bloc has suspended Guinea from joining, following a military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde, as the country faces setbacks against democracy.
  • Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded an immediate release of the president and return to constitutional order in a virtual summit.
  • The military coup was condemned in the strongest terms by ECOWAS leaders.
  • Guinea’s coup leader has pledged to install a unified, transitional government but has not specified how or when this will take place.

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Philippines’ Duterte Accepts Vice Presidential Nomination

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  •  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the vice presidential nomination from his party for the next election.
  • His rivals have accused him of power grabbing, but Mr. Duterte said the love for his country is his motive.
  • The president cannot run for office again due to constitutional laws.
  • His daughter, Sara Duterte Carpio has been ambiguous on whether she will seek the presidential nomination.

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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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