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US Launches Airstrike at Iran Militia in Iraq, Syria.

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  • The Pentagon announced Sunday that US forces launched multiple overnight airstrikes on Iran-backed militia groups in Syria and Iraq.
  • John Kirby, spokesman for the US Department of Defense stated that the strikes were defensive and targeted at weapons and operations facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada groups.
  • Both Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada are linked to Iran and are suspected to be behind explosive drone attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.
  • There have been more than 40 attacks against US forces in Iraq since the beginning of the year. An estimated 25,000 American soldiers are stationed in the region to support the international effort against ISIS.
  • Armed groups aligned with Iran have reported at least 4 militia members dead due to the strikes. The Sayyid al-Shuhada faction has promised to “respond and take revenge” for the attack.
  • Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi released a statement condemning “the US air attack that targeted a site… on the Iraqi-Syrian border, which represents a blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty and Iraqi national security”.
  • This is the second round of air raids that President Joe Biden has ordered against Iran-backed militia since he took office in February. Both attacks were stated to be retaliatory in nature.
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  • After hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous students were found in Canada at a school run by the Catholic Church, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that Pope Francis should apologize “to indigenous Canadians on Canadian soil.”
  • The graves were found at the Marieval Indian Residential School, which was open from 1899 to 1997. This school, like many others, was state funded and created to assimilate Indiginous peoples into society. 
  • Many students suffered physical and sexual abuse at these institutions. Last month, around two hundred Indigenous unmarked graves were found at another residential school run primarily by the Catholic Church.
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European Union Passes Climate Change Law to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions

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  • The European Union has passed a climate law that legally binds the bloc to a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions 55% by 2030. The deal was approved by all member states except Bulgaria.
  • The law also sets a goal of becoming a negative carbon economy by 2050. This means that the amount of carbon reduced from the atmosphere is more than that emitted. 
  • In April, several nations attended a climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden in which all members agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. Only five countries had made legal changes based on their pledges after the summit.
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The UAE to Hold the T-20 World Cup as India Backs Out Due to Covid-19

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that the high number of Covid-19 cases in the country has prompted them to relocate the T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates.
  • All qualifying matches will take place in Oman and the rest of the matches will be divided between venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
  • BCCI’s treasurer, Arun Dhumal, told international media “We were left with no option as the COVID-19 situation is not clear and the travel restrictions remain…The dates will more or less be the same and we will work out the details soon.”
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Autopsy Shows Software Mogul John McAfee Died as a Result of Suicide

  • John McAfee was found hanging in his Spanish prison cell by attending wardens Wednesday, in a suspected suicide.
  • Allegedly a suicide note was found in the pocket of the 75 year old, however the source was prevented from speaking on its contents due to the ongoing judicial inquiry.
  • McAfee’s wife, Janice McAfee, demanded a second autopsy after preliminary results pointed towards death by suicide.
  • She believes her husband was not suicidal and blames U.S. authorities for his death.
  • The 38 year old woman stated “His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening…Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal.”
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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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