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The Daily Brief: Violence in Tigray Escalates; Residents Flee as Humanitarian Aid Fails to Reach Battle Field

Fighting between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has intensified in recent days as the government and allied armed Amhara groups attempt to recover territory seized by the TPLF.

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A UN humanitarian flight en route to Tigray was forced to abort as the Ethiopian government continues their fourth day of air strikes in the region.
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  • Fighting between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has intensified in recent days as the government and allied armed Amhara groups attempt to recover territory seized by the TPLF.
  • Increased violence and airstrikes in the region have caused residents to flee from Amhara and Tigray as they attempt to save themselves from the destruction in the area.
  • The government has been launching airstrikes on the capital of northern Tigray for the past 4 days with Friday’s strike forcing a United Nations Humanitarian Air Service flight to abort its landing in the region.
  • Steve Taravella, spokesman for the World Food Program, the U.N. anti-hunger agency that manages the humanitarian air service stated that all such flights to the Tigray region are now suspended. Critics of the Ethiopian government have accused it of denying aid access to Tigray, however the government denies all such claims.
  • Tigrai TV, a TPLF controlled channel, has stated that at least 11 civilians have been wounded in the airstrikes.
  • The Liberation Front and humanitarian groups have also reported that the Friday airstrike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle, however government spokesperson Legese Tulu denies this claim.
  • The years-old battle between the TPLF and Ethiopian government has caused worsening famine and humanitarian crisis in Tigray.
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NBA and China Face Off in Tug of War Over Free Speech

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  • Enes Kanter, center for the Boston Celtics, has spoken up on social media against China’s treatment of Tibetan people and Uyghur Muslims.
  • Kanter referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “brutal dictator” and wore shoes with the message “Free Tibet” depicted on them for the Celtic’s season opening game.
  • In response to Kanter’s actions the video-streaming site Tencent pulled the Celtic’s game and indicated that it would not livestream the team’s upcoming games as well.
  • Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, stated that Kanter was “trying to get attention” and his remarks “were not worth refuting.”
  • The National Basketball Association has not yet taken any action in the situation, however a US State Department spokesperson stated in an email that “The United States is deeply concerned by the PRC’s actions against the National Basketball Association for statements one player made regarding Tibet.”
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Blast At Russian Gunpowder Factory Kills All 17 Workers

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  • An explosion at a gunpowder factory in the western Russian province of Ryazan, killed all 17 workers on shift Friday morning. 
  • Video evidence of the incident shows a large bright fireball explosion and later shows the factory completely destroyed. 
  • The cause of the explosion is under investigation however, an anonymous source says the explosion occurred because the factory failed to “observe proper technical procedures.” 
  • Regional Governor, Nikolay Lubimov has announced that October 25th will be declared a day of mourning to honor the lives lost in the blast.
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Sandra Mason Elected Barbados’ First Ever President, Replacing Queen Elizabeth As Head Of State

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  • The Caribbean Island nation of Barbados elected its first-ever President, Dame Sandra Mason, in a historic two-thirds vote during a joint session of the country’s House of Assembly and Senate. 
  • In an effort to completely move away from its colonial past, Barbados announced in 2020 that it will take the required steps to become an official republic; a move that requires that Queen Elizabeth be removed as the country’s head of state.
  • Barbados first gained its independence from Britain in November 1966 and the election of a new president is considered “a seminal moment” for Barbadians. 
  • Mason will be sworn in on November 30th, which marks the island’s 55th anniversary of their independence from Britain. 
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Baldwin’s Gun Fires

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  • Halyna Hutchins was shot dead by a prop gun on a movie set given to actor Alec Baldwin. He was told by the assistant director that the gun was unloaded; however, that was not the case.
  • The police have taken the gun and other items from the movie set as evidence and have questioned the actor as well as other people on set. 
  • Workers were said to have walked off the set in a protest for unfair conditions right before the incident took place. Among them were people in charge of making sure that the gun was unarmed. No one has been arrested. 

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Eswatini Nurses Boycott Police Patients

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  • Police have said to have opened arms at the protests going on in Eswatini for a democracy. Eswatini is the last monarchy in Africa. 
  • Nurses have refused to treat police patients for opening arms at the protestors, killing many healthcare workers as well.
  • Officials have denied such accusations and have banned any sorts of demonstrations against the monarchy. 

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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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