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Trump’s Facebook Account Frozen For Two Years

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  • Facebook announced the suspension of Donald Trump’s account for two years.
  • The suspension will last through the 2022 midterm elections, until 2023.
  • The suspension was initiated the day after the Jan 6th Capitol riots, in response to concerns about connections between Trump’s inflammatory comments and the violence at the Capitol. 
  • Trump decried the suspension through a statement issued by his political action committee, Save America.
  • Trump remains prohibited from posting on Twitter and YouTube.
  • If permitted after two years to resume on Facebook, Trump will be subject to severe sanctions if he violates standards of conduct again.
  • Facebook has also put in place stricter standards overall for content by public figures that may incite. 

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Putin Claims the U.S. is Holding Russia Back

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  • U.S. President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16th in Geneva.
  • The two countries currently have strained relations due to Alexey Navalny’s arrest, the Ukraine conflict, and suspected election disturbances.
  • Putin claims the U.S. is attempting to hold back Russia stating “[Russia has] no issues with the United States…”But it [U.S.] has an issue with us: they want to hold back our development, they talk about it publicly.”
  • Neither side has announced plans to reach a major breakthrough to reset the tense relations.
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Mexico Nears the End of the Bloodiest Election Season to Date

  • A total of 89 politicians of which 35 were candidates for Mexico’s midterm elections have been killed.
  • Most of the victims were opposition politicians and candidates who rose against state governments and municipalities.
  • The elections will be held June 6th and many hope for that to mark the end of the violence.
  • However, Gerardo Rodriguez, director of the department of international relations and political science at the University of the Americas Puebla, stated “We normally see violence before election day, then there is a pause during the elections, and after the results are announced, we see a rise again.”
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Nigeria Bans Twitter After Deleted Tweet

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  • Twitter has deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, as it was widely perceived as offensive.
  • The now deleted tweet called for threats to people in the country’s southeast and for their treatment “in the language they will understand” with references to the NIgerian Civil War.
  • In a statement released by the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Nigerian government declared it has banned Twitter indefinitely.
  • While the Nigerian government criticized Twitter’s removal of the tweet, a Twitter spokesperson said the President’s remarks violated Twitter community rules.
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Hundreds Show Support for Military in Mali Following Coup

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  • Hundreds of supporters have gathered in Mali’s capital Bamako to display support to the military following a second coup within days.
  • A rally was held Friday in Independence Square to commemorate the founding of Mali’s M5 opposition movement which empowered protestors last year.
  • On May 25, interim President Bah Ndwah and Prime MInister Moctar Ouane were forced to step down after Malian soldiers detained them, leading to a military coup and transitional government.
  • The latest military seizure of power has prompted outcry from other nations, including France who stated it would stop joint military action with Mali.
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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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