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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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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%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • 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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