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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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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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Samar is a UC San Diego graduate with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. In addition to her passion for research and writing in relation to current events, she also utilizes her skills in areas such as digital marketing. Furthermore, she is deeply interested in positions that involve oral communication skills such as leadership roles and public speaking.

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