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UN Security Council to Discuss Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

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  • Ethiopia plans to enter the second stage of their Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project despite opposition from Egypt and Sudan.
  • The GERD is being built on the main tributary of the Nile River; the downstream nations of Egypt and Sudan fear that the dam will restrict their citizens’ water access.
  • Cairo and Khartoum turned to the UN for help in facilitating talks between Ethiopia and themselves regarding the dam project.
  • Ethiopia’s government insists on continuing talks through the African Union rather than taking the issue to the international community.
  • The Arab League has also expressed support for UN intervention in the water conflict between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia.
  • Tunisia has even circulated a draft resolution which “calls upon the three countries to refrain from making any statements, or taking any action that may jeopardize the negotiation process, and urges Ethiopia to refrain from continuing to unilaterally fill the GERD reservoir.”
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One Suspect of Haitian President Moise’s Assassination is a US Citizen

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  • At least one suspect arrested for the assasination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise is an American citizen. More than a dozen suspects have been arrested, while several others were killed in gunfire with police.
  • Moise was shot at least twelve times in his private residence on Wednesday. His wife was shot three times, and is in intensive care. Many did not support Moise continuing to be president even after his term expired, with protests taking place in the last few months.
  • The president of Haiti’s Supreme Court would be the natural replacement, but he passed away recently. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has assumed power, even though Parliament has not confirmed him. The appropriate replacement for Moise is unclear.
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Report States Colombia Police Used “Excessive” Force at Protests

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  • The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) stated in a report that Colombia police used an “excessive and disproportionate” use of force at the anti-government protests in the last few months, as well as “lethal force” on many occasions.
  • More than fifty deaths have occured from the protests because of violence between security forces and protestors. More than 2,000 civilians have been injured in the protests.
  • The Colombian government condemned the use of lethal force, but the Colombian Foreign Ministry rejected the prevalence of it, saying those cases were “exceptional.”
  • Colombia’s protests began over a tax overhaul proposed by President Ivan Duque. Even after the proposed reform was withdrawn, the protests continued over issues such as police reform and income inequality.
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Tokyo Olympic Games To Be Held Without Fans Owing to COVID Surge

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  • A new COVID surge in Japan has led to the barring of spectators at the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, in addition to other lockdown measures as the nation grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases.
  • A recent poll has indicated that a majority of the population in Japan opposes the hosting of the Games and would like them to be cancelled or postponed.
  • COVID-19 cases have increased in Tokyo since they were at their highest in May, with some 920 cases reported on Wednesday in Tokyo and 2,180 cases throughout the country.
  • Among the 42 venues listed on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics website, only prefectures Miyagi, Fukushima, and Shizuoka are allowing spectators at 50% capacity.
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Biden Administration Faces Criticism Over Hosting High-Level Saudi Visit

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  • The Biden Administration hosted a high level controversial visit from Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as officials welcomed Prince Khalid bin Salman, brother to Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS was formally identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as having sanctioned the killing of Khashoggi – Joe Biden had denounced the killing as presidential candidate in 2020.
  • Human rights groups and anti-war advocates have criticized the Biden administration for the seeming hypocrisy in Biden welcoming the Saudi prince as a “pariah” and promising that the U.S. will not support the war in Yemen.
  • Khashoggi was writing columns for The Washington Post that were critical of MBS and the monarch of Saudi Arabia at the time he was killed.
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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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