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Tunisia President Accused of “Coup” After Sacking Prime Minister Amid Violent Protests

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  • Violent mass protests took place across Tunisia on Sunday as people expressed their frustration with the country’s economic state and government’s handling of Covid-19.
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked his Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi following the Sunday protests.
  • Supporters of Saied celebrated the move whereas opponents accused him of staging a coup.
  • Saied and Mechichi have had a longstanding feud, as President Saied occupies the top seat in the country but Prime Minister Mechichi has the support of the largest party in parliament, Ennahda.
  • The protests in Tunisia involve violent clashes between rival groups as well as confrontations between protesters and Tunisian troops.
  • President Kais Saied has also sacked the defense minister and acting justice minister as well as suspended parliament.
  • The Arab League, UN, and White House have expressed concerns over the developments in Tunisia.

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Lebanon Appoints Billionaire Najib Mikati as New PM-Designate

  • Najib Mikati, a billionaire tycoon that has twice served as prime minister of Lebanon, has been designated the new Prime Minister of Lebanon.
  • Mikati is Lebanon’s third PM-Designate in the last year. The Lebanese government has been in shambles since August 4, 2020 when Hassan Diab’s administration resigned after the Beirut port explosion.
  • Mikati intends to reform the Lebanese government according to the French initiative proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron to Lebanon in August 2020.
  • Mikati was nominated by Hezbollah, an armed Shi’ite Muslim group deemed a terrorist organization by the US government, and he ran virtually unopposed however he did not receive support from Lebanon’s two largest Christian parties.

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Sardinia Ravaged by Wildfires

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  • Italy’s Mediterranean island has been overtaken by wildfires that have damaged much of the western interior region.
  • Several homes, buildings, and residential areas have been destroyed by the fires forcing nearly 400 people to evacuate.
  • Thankfully no deaths or injuries have been reported, but roughly eleven aircrafts are working to calm the flames from above.

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Norwegirn Women’s Beach Handball Team and German Gymnast Take Stand Against Sexulization 

  • After refusing to wear bikini bottoms while competing the Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined around $1,765 by the European Handball Federation (EHF) for performing in “improper clothing.”
  • The EHF faced massive amounts of criticism for their decision as many stated the women’s uniform fit the men’s clothing regulations.
  • Singer-songwriter Pink called out the EHF on their blatant sexism on her Twitter stating “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their ‘uniform’…The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
  • Numerous German female gymnasts also took a stand in the Tokyo Olympics by wearing unitards rather than the more traditional leotard.
  • Elizabeth Daniels, a University of Colorado psychology professor who has written about the sexualization of female athletes, stated in regards to athletes wearing more covered uniforms “So now where we’re seeing athletes speaking out about uniforms, you know, it really could be symbolic of the need for athletes to have more voice in general in the sport context…which could alleviate some of these really tragic abuse cases that have come to national and international attention more recently.”

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Attacks on Ahmadi Muslims Surge in Pakistan 

  • Violent attacks and blasphemy cases lodged against Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan have recently spiked in the past year.
  • The Muslim miniority Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is barred from freely practicing their religion and referring to themselves as Muslims as strict blasphemy laws have been established to suppress the group of more than 500,000.
  • This spike of violence is being attributed to the far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) group which has actively and continuously targeted Ahmadi Muslims for their faith.

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US and China at “Stalemate” After Talks

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  • In talks between the US and China, China accused the US of “demonizing” them, while the US continues to support its human rights allegations and sanctions on China. China urged the removal of said sanctions, saying Beijing was being oppressed.
  • China concluded that the relations between them and the US are at a “stalemate.” The US wanted to work on global issues such as climate change and Iran, but China wanted less suppression from the US first.
  • These US-China talks are expected to lead to an eventual meeting with US President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping, especially with tensions high with both countries.
  • Last week, China imposed sanctions on US officials and organizations after the US spoke against conducting business in Hong Kong.

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Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Up 47% According to UN

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  • The United Nations has reported that for the first half of this year, there has been a record number of civilians in Afghanistan killed, with a 47% rise from last year. The government is currently fighting against the Taliban, and violence is increasing.
  • The UN report stated that 64% of civilian deaths were caused by anti-government forces, 25% pro-government forces, and 11% crossfire. Children made up 32% of all the casualties.
  • This increase comes during the United States and other international countries’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of US troops began at the end of April. The US is now launching airstrikes in support of Afghan forces.

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France Passes Law Requiring Special Covid Passes

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  • Amidst protests, France’s Parliament passed a law requiring Covid passes to enter restaurants, other public venues, and for domestic travel. The law also required healthcare workers to be vaccinated.
  • The Covid pass is only given to those who are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus. More than 150,000 people protested against the law.
  • The passes are required for all adults, and will apply to children 12 and older starting September 30th. President Emmanuel Macron has stated that the law is necessary to curb infections and protect vulnerable populations.
  • France is currently dealing with a rise in infections due to the Delta variant. There are around 20,000 infections daily, which is a huge increase from earlier in the month.

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Trump Knew His Supporters Were Armed in Jan. 6 Capitol Riots

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  • Former White House aid, Cassidy Hutchinson, stated that former US President Donald Trump was aware that rioters were armed on January 6th, 2021 when they stormed the US Capitol, but he did not want to stop them.
  • Hutchinson worked as a top advisor to Mr Trump’s chief of staff, and testified at a hearing to a select House committee that was in charge of investigating the Jan 6th riot at the US Capitol.
  • Hutchinson recounted how Mr. Trump said that rioters were “not here to hurt me” and that security should “let them in.” She also stated that he lunged at the driver of the limousine in a rage when he was told he could not be taken to the Capitol.
  • Mr Trump denied several parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, stating, “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech.”

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Fire During Colombia Prison Riot Kills 51

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  • A fire broke out in a Colombian prison during a riot, killing 51 inmates and injuring dozens. The fire was started by an inmate setting a mattress ablaze during the commotion and the flames spreading.
  • Colombian President Ivan Duque requested a “quick investigation to explain this terrible situation” and expressed his solidarity “to the families of the victims.”
  • No prisoners seem to have escaped and the fire is now under control. Twenty four people are currently in the hospital.
  • Prisons in Colombia are extremely overcrowded, as it was in this case, making riots and fighting amongst inmates a common occurrence.

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50 Migrants Found Dead Near the US-Mexico Border

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  • Fifty migrants were found dead near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned semi truck due to “poverty and desperation,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
  • The vehicle in which the victims were found was lacking air conditioning and water and, coupled with the extremely hot climate, it is suspected that they likely died from dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Migrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala were among the victims. Sixteen people survived the incident and were taken to the hospital.
  • US President Joe Biden spoke about the incident, stating that his administration “will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry.”

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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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