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Ukraine’s president forcefully responds to President Biden’s remarks regarding a potential “minor incursion” from Russia

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  • On Wednesday, President Biden spoke about Russia, stating that they are likely to take action in Ukraine. He stated that if it is a “minor incursion,” then the US will likely “fight about what to do and not do” in terms of holding Russia accountable.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky replied forcefully to President Biden, stating that “There are no minor incursions and small nations. Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.”
  • President Biden clarified his remarks the following day, stating, “If any – any – assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion …  it will be met with severe and coordinated economic response.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also clarified the United States’ position, stating that any invasion in Ukraine would invoke a “swift, severe and united response” from the US.
  • Germany, France, and the United Kingdom have expressed their support with President Biden regarding Ukraine.
  • Similar to the US, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock urged Russia to take “steps towards de-escalation” and warned of “serious consequences”.
  • The US placed new sanctions on four members of the Ukrainian government, two current members of Parliament and two former government officials. Blinken said the men worked “to degrade the ability of the Ukrainian state to independently function.”
  • Russia currently has tens of thousands of troops stationed at Ukraine’s border, with tensions rising due to the threat of invasion.
  • The US and Russia have held diplomatic talks in the past week, with another scheduled for Friday between Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Foreign Aid Reaches Tonga After Volcano Eruption and Tsunami

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  • The first foreign airplanes carrying aid landed in Tongo after the country faced a volcano eruption and tsunami that left a blanket of ash and debris throughout the country.
  • New Zealand and Australia confirmed that their planes had arrived after a thick layer of ash was cleared from the airport runway, which had been preventing planes from landing.
  • Communication in Tonga is limited, with internet service still not fully restored.
  • Australia and Japan are sending clean drinking water, and New Zealand is sending a desalination plant that can produce 70,000 liters of water per day.

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Explosion in Ghana After Motorcycle Hits Vehicle Carrying Mining Explosives

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  • In Ghana, a motorcycle collided with a vehicle carrying explosives causing an explosion near the town of Bogoso.The explosives were being delivered to a nearby mine run by Chirano Gold Mines. The blast completely flattened the small town of Apiate, and caused almost every building to collapse, trapping people and animals in the rubble. 
  • Police have not confirmed the number of casualties,  but stated that most of the victims have been rescued and admitted to various hospitals. The rest of the public has been advised to move out of the area and move to nearby towns, where classrooms, churches, and other facilities were encouraged to open doors to the victims by police. 
  • Ghana’s President Nana-Afulo-Addo had called on the military to join the emergency efforts in order to help contain the situation, and stated that the country’s disaster management agency is trying its best to bring rapid relief to the residents. 
  • This is not the first gas explosion that Ghana has witnessed in recent years. In 2015, more than 150 people were killed in a gas explosion in the capital of Accra.

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Massive Stampede Kills At Least 29 in Monrovia, Liberia 

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  • During an all-night Christian worship event at New Kru Town in Monrovia, Liberia, a massive stampede occurred, killing at least 29 people, including children. The two-day event was being held in a football field, and was led by Pastor Abraham Kromah; this kind of event is commonly referred to as a “crusade” in Liberia.  
  • It is unclear what initiated the stampede, but police suggested that the event was attacked by bands of Liberian street gangs, known as Zogos, who must have attacked the worshippers with knives and machetes. One witness claimed that while running, some people dropped and others fell on the ground and walked over them.
  • President George Weah is expected to visit the tragic site Thursday afternoon and declare a 3-day period of national mourning in order to honor those that lost their lives. He also stated that the Liberian Red Cross and Disaster Management Agency have been notified in order to aid the victims.

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Hamtramck, Michigan Becomes the First City with Muslim-Led Council

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  • Hamtramck, Michigan became the first city in the nation to have a mayor and council that are all Muslim. Amer Ghalib, along with three new council members, were sworn in on Sunday afternoon.  The three council members were Adam Albarmaki, Amanda Jaczkowski, and Khalil Refai.
  • The city of 28,000 used to be largely Polish in the 20th century but is now home to a majority population of Middle Eastern and south Asian people. Ghalib states,”today, we are witness to the reality of the American dream. We are witness to the opportunity of living in a country where anyone can achieve their dreams.”
  • Ghalib unseated longtime Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, who was running for a fifth term. Ghalib captured 68% of the vote with 100% of precincts reporting. The ceremony was held at Hamtramck High School, which Ghalib had previously attended.
  • In his speech, Ghalib focused more on what’s to come in the future; he mentioned improving safety by training first responders, repairing the sewer system, balancing the city’s budget, and working with higher levels of government to address crime.

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Apple’s AirTags Being Used to Track People

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  • Apple’s Airtags are button-sized devices that were designed to locate lost items through the “Find my” network, but there have been numerous reports in the US of the Airtag being utilized to track people. 
  • This device took inspiration from other tracking products on the market, such as Tile, and can be attached to any item such as keys or luggage that can be lost. The company claims that it has better security features than rival products and gas created a series of safeguards to protect people from being tracked, but criminal activity associated with the product has increased in the US. 
  • One of the preventative measures created is that people with an iphone would be alerted if an unregistered AirTag was moving with them, and then the device would make a beeping sound between 8-24 hours after the device is detected with the unregistered phone. Apple even made an app for Android users to download so that they can be notified of a rogue Airtag as well. Yet, it is very easy to register the AirTag and then disable it, and the sound of the “beep” is played after 8 hours and is only 60 decibels and can easily be muffled. 
  • Apple stated “we take customer safety very seriously and are committed to AirTag’s privacy and security.” Tile, AirTag’s major competitor, also stated that it is developing a solution to identify an unknown device near people, but no solution from either company has been released. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Hungary Announces State of Emergency Due to War in Ukraine

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  • Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has officially declared a new state of emergency for Hungary in a Facebook video that was posted on Tuesday. Orban stated that the war in Ukraine poses “a constant threat to Hungary” and that the state of emergency would allow the Hungarian government to respond more efficiently to difficulties that arise due to the war.
  • The state of emergency will allow the Hungarian government to pass laws without the involvement of the Parliament and will offer them the opportunity to temporarily digress from existing laws. This is the third state of emergency that Orban has passed while in office. Previously, Hungary dealt with a state of emergency due to the European refugee crisis as well as one declared due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Emese Pasztor of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union criticizes Orban and his government stating that another introduction of a special legal order “will become the new normal, which will threaten the fundamental rights of all us, and rule by decree will further diminish the importance of the Parliament.”
  • A few have criticized the introduction of another special legal order stating that it makes Orban’s government too powerful considering that his party, the Fidesz party, already holds a two-thirds majority in the Parliament. Orban has stated in the Facebook video that the first measures will be announced on Wednesday. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Samar is a UC San Diego graduate with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. In addition to her passion for research and writing in relation to current events, she also utilizes her skills in areas such as digital marketing. Furthermore, she is deeply interested in positions that involve oral communication skills such as leadership roles and public speaking.

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Iraqi Citizen Arrested in Plot to Assassinate Former President George W. Bush

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  • An Iraqi citizen living in the U.S. has been arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on Tuesday after he told a confidential FBI source that he had plans to assassinate former President George W. Bush. 
  • Shihab Ahmed Shihab shared that he had plans to smuggle four former Baath party members into the U.S. where the men would obtain firearms for carrying out their assassination on the former president. The assassination plot was meant to be a retaliation against Bush for his connection to the 2003 invasion of Iraq which killed many Iraqis.
  • Shihab first entered the US in September of 2020 on a visitor visa that the FBI Affidavit stated was obtained through “a corrupt Iraqi American contractor at the U.S. embassy.” He worked various jobs in Indiana and Ohio and traveled to Dallas in February to survey the neighborhood and home of the former president. 
  • A spokesperson for Bush shared that the former president “has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities.” Shihab is charged with aiding and abetting a plot to murder a former U.S. official and with attempting to bring an individual into the country illegally. He awaits his hearing on Friday.

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Samar is a UC San Diego graduate with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. In addition to her passion for research and writing in relation to current events, she also utilizes her skills in areas such as digital marketing. Furthermore, she is deeply interested in positions that involve oral communication skills such as leadership roles and public speaking.

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18 Year Old Massacres 14 Elementary Students and a Teacher in Texas

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  • Salvador Ramos, an 18 year old, entered Robb elementary School in Uvalde, Texas with a handgun and shot dead 14 children and a teacher before being taken down by an officer. 
  • The incident occurred at 11:32 am on Tuesday May 24th, 2022. Two reporting officers have also been injured trying to capture the shooter. Ramos has been reported dead as well.  
  • Ramos had also killed his grandmother right before driving to the elementary school. 
  • Investigation is still taking place as the school is trying to make sure all the other students are accounted for and handed off to their parents safely. 
  • President Biden is to speak on the school shooting this evening. Just this year, 2022, alone, there have been 27 school shooting incidents in the United States thus far. 

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Starbucks Leaves Russia After 15 Years

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  • Starbucks is leaving Russia and closing its 130 locations after fifteen years of operating there. McDonalds, Exxon Mobil and other companies made similar moves in recent weeks.
  • Starbucks will pay its estimated 2,000 employees for the next six months, while also helping them find new jobs. The company has not disclosed the financial impact of these actions.
  • The decision to leave Russia was made in March, with the CEO at the time, Kevin Johnson, stating that the company condems “the horrific attacks on Ukraine by Russia and our hearts go out to all those affected.”
  • The US placed many economic sanctions on Russia after they invaded Ukraine, some of which make it more difficult for western companies to operate there.

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Biden Agrees to Militarily Defend Taiwan

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  • While visiting Japan, US President Joe Biden stated that the United States would militarily intervene if China were to attack Taiwan, while also drawing a parallel to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
  • Under the “One China” policy, the US acknowledges that Taiwan is a part of China, however, this is one of the most direct statements made by a US president regarding the repercussions if an invasion were to take place.
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressed “strong dissatisfaction” to Biden’s comments, stating that “China will take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests.”
  • The US does not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but provides weapons to the island, while also maintaining formal ties with China.

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Over a Million Homes Without Power Due to Severe Storm in Canada

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  • A powerful thunderstorm in Southern Canada caused over 900,00 homes to lose power. Ontario’s power company Hydro One claims it would take several days to reconnect every home. 
  • The strong winds of the storm destroyed trees, disrupted traffic, damaged homes, and saw emergency services swarmed with calls for help. 
  • Among the casualties are four people who were killed by falling trees as well as a woman who died due to a boat capsizing in the Ottawa River.
  • Firefighters and utility workers removed tangled power lines and phone poles in media circulating in Canada. The town of Uxbridge, which lies just north of Toronto, declared a state of emergency as the storm left “significant damage in its wake.”

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