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The Daily Brief: U.S. Journalist Freed After Six Months Imprisonment in Myanmar

Release Successfully Negotiated Despite Civil Unrest .

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  • American journalist Danny Fenster has been freed by Myanmar authorities, after six months imprisonment.
  • Fenster is one of several journalists who had been detained after a coup in May, in which the military seized government control.
  • Fenster had recently been convicted of violating immigration law, fraternizing with opponents of the military regime and distributing information deemed harmful to the military.
  • Fenster’s release was secured by Bill Richardson, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Fenster is currently serving as managing editor the Frontier Myanmar Magazine.
  • Had Fenster remained in Myanmar, he could have been sentenced to life in prison.
  • The government of Myanmar has stated that Fenster was released on humanitarian grounds.
  • Dozens of journalists remain confined in Myanmar on charges of promoting sedition. 

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Liverpool Explosion Declared “A Terrorist Incident”

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  • An explosion occurring in a Taxi in Liverpool has been declared a “terrorist incident” by local authorities. 
  • Three individuals have been taken into custody, suspected of creating the “improvised explosive device” which was the cause of the passengers death and the drivers injuries.  
  • Police are currently undergoing house raid investigations and live negotiations with one house on Rutland Avenue, which is said to be connected to the blast. 
  • The attack comes after British MP David Amess was stabbed to death last month, an event U.K. officials say have a “terrorist connection” with the explosion. 

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Belarus Under Fire By EU for Handling of Migrant Population

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  • The European Union has imposed greater sanctions against Belarus for worsening the migration crisis at its shared border with Poland.
  • The humanitarian crisis involves thousands of migrants enduring freezing temperatures while waiting for safe passage into Poland. 
  • It is alleged that the migrants – mostly from Syria, Yemen and Iraq – have been encouraged to enter into EU countries by Belarus, with promises of easier living.
  • There is speculation that Belarus is functioning as a proxy for Russia, a country that has recently demonstrated military strength near the Poland border.

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Egypt: Three Killed, Hundreds Injured From Scorpion Attacks 

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  • Three people are dead and hundreds more injured after recent thunderstorms in Egypt caused flash floods and a surge of scorpions invading homes across Aswan. 
  • The scorpions, dubbed “deathstalkers,” were pushed from their desert burrows after heavy rainfall, travelling to the homes located near the country’s mountains. 
  • The 500 injured due to the arachnid’s venomous stinger were immediately transferred to hospitals for treatment. 
  • The events of the storm and floods cause some scientists to believe the disaster to be related to climate change which is already showing drastic effects on the region.

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  • Seven women from Australia are suing the Qatari government after the Doha airport subjected them to gynaecological inspection during a compulsory strip-search. 
  • The search of 13 women occured October 2020 in an ambulance after the airport discovered a newborn baby in a trash can at Hamad International Airport. 
  • The Qatar Prime Minister had apologized at the time via Twitter, condemning the “unacceptable treatment” of the women. 
  • The women still “suffer” from the traumatic examinations, as stated by their lawyer. “They want an apology from the Qatar government for their treatment” and laws ensuring instances like this “won’t happen again.” 

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Jury Deliberations Into Rittenhouse Trial Set to Begin

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  • The Jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial will start their deliberations Tuesday. 
  • Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two, claiming his aim of protecting “property from unrest on the streets” during the occational violent protests following the murder of George Floyd. 
  • The defense concluded by stating Rittenhouse was “trying to help his community” while the prosecution stated Rittenhouse couldn’t “claim self-defence against a danger that [he created].”
  • Depending on the verdict, Rittenhouse faces up to a lifetime imprisonment. 

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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%. 
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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • 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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