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The Daily Brief: UK PM and other lawmakers pay respect to slain MP, Sir David Amess

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and leaders across the UK paid respect to MP, Sir David Amess, a British lawmaker who was killed Friday in what the police have deemed a terrorist attack.

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Tributes pour in for slain MP, David Amess as he was remembered. 
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  • UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and leaders across the UK paid respect to MP, Sir David Amess, a British lawmaker who was killed Friday in what the police have deemed a terrorist attack.
  • Johnson laid flowers and visited the Leigh-on-Sea, UK church where Amess was brutally stabbed in an attack that has shaken the nation. 
  • Amess was attacked Friday while hosting an open meeting called “surgery” with his constituents to discuss and ask any questions they may have when an unknown assailant attacked Amess, fatally stabbing him. 
  • The lack of security for UK lawmakers as they meet with constituents is now being questioned. 
  • After her visit to the attack site, Interior minister Priti Patel, stated, “All measures are being put in place for the security of MPs so that they can carry on with their duties as elected democratic members.” 
  • As of right now, the police have arrested a 25-year-old British citizen, who acted alone in the attack. 
  • Tributes poured in for Amess who was a popular politician, winning all 10 of his elections since 1983. 
  • Many remembered Amess as a fixer and died doing what he loved the most- meeting his constituents. 
  • Amess leaves behind a wife and 5 children. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015. 
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Russia Exceeds 1,000 Daily COVID Deaths For The First Time

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  • In a first since the pandemic began, Russia has now exceeded 1,000 daily COVID deaths. 
  • With no strict restrictions and vaccinations against COVID at almost a standstill in Russia, the numbers are expected to continue to rise. 
  • Medical officials have said they are prepared for the increase in COVID cases and that Russian medical facilities are currently not overwhelmed. 
  • Russia has been hailed for creating the Sputnik V COVID vaccine early in the pandemic, as it has been administered to many countries around the world, however, officials have said that Russia has failed to convince its own citizens to get vaccinated. 
  • With 222,000 deaths, Russia currently has the highest COVID death count in Europe. 
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France Condemns Police Brutality During the 1961 Algerian Protest 

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  • Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, has called the government’s cover up of the police brutality on the Algerians during the protest of 1961 as an “inexcusable” act. 
  • Some say hundreds of protestors were brutally murdered and their bodies dumped in the river. The government has still not provided complete information to what took place that night.
  • The President did not formally apologize or give a speech at the 60th anniversary of the event. 

President Maduro’s Aides Charged with Money Laundering 

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  • Alex Saab has been extradited to the United States of America to be charged for money laundering using American accounts to help the falling Venezuelan government in corruption. 
  • The ruling Socialist party of Venezuela has accused the United States of kidnapping and wrongfully charging Mr.Saab. 
  • Many people have spoken up against the dictatorship of President Maduro and see this move as a triumph against corruption and drug trafficking. 

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ASEAN says No to Myanmar Coup Leader 

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  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has sent this year’s invitation to a non political Myanmar entity instead of the military leader, Min Aung Hlaing, who led the coup. 
  • Myanmar’s current political power has not abided by the five point plan provided by the ASEAN committee. This five point plan was to be put in place to stop the political and civil unrest in the country.
  • A representative of the military political party of Myanmar has put the blame on United Nations and USA for influencing ASEAN to take this step against the chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

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Melbourne to Come Out of Lockdown After 262 Days

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  • After announcing that the state’s double vaccination rate will be 70 percent, Melbourne is set to end the longest lockdown in the world. 
  • The city has seen six lockdowns since the start of COVID, totaling 262 days. Delta variant yet again sent the city back into lockdown.
  • Melbourne officials are hoping to reach 80 percent of the vaccination rate by the start of November which will enable everything to open up including major retailers.

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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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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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