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World Breaths Relief Due To Ceasefire

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  • The truce between Israel and Hamas has been held in place after eleven days of violence. 
  • Over 250 people were killed over the last eleven days, the majority of whom are from Gaza.
  • International aid is pouring in, including fuel, food and medicine.
  • International relief organizations have speculated that it will take over a decade to repair the damage of the last eleven days.
  • Despite the ceasefire, there are reports of Israeli drones circulating over Gaza.
  • The temporary truce was coordinated by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations.
  • Gaza’s health facilities were severely damaged in the violence.
  • US President Joe Biden has pledged to help rebuild Gaza.

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Biden Signs Anti-Asian Hate Crime Bill Into Law

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  • President Joe Biden has signed an anti-Asian hate crime bill into law after a sharp increase of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community seen during the Covid-19 pandemic.  
  • The measure met immense support from the majority of Congress on Tuesday. The bill outlines steps the Justice department should take to combat crimes, including expediting Covid-19 related hate crimes that create a new position in the Justice department, establish ways to address incidents projected online, raise awareness to law enforcement agencies of the recent increase of Asian American related hate, and more. 
  • Biden stated during the signing: “My message to all of those who are hurting is we see you. The Congress said we see you. And we are committed to stop the hatred and the bias,”
  • However, over 85% of the Asian American community, including prominent organizations, oppose the bill, saying that simply “relying on law enforcement and crime statistics does not prevent violence.”

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Nigeran Military Investigates Boko Haram Leaders Fifth Death Claim

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  • Nigeran military is currently looking into claims of the death of Abubaker Shekau, longtime Boko Haram leader who orchestrated many crimes including mass kidnappings of children.
  • Some sources say that Shekau was killed after a detonated suicude vest, but Nigerian military leader spokesman Mohammed Yerima said the military is “still investigating” the death. 
  • Shekau has been claimed dead four times in the past, prompting the military to take the claim with a grain of salt. However, this reported death is the first one announced by extremists and not Nigerian military. 
  • A former head of Nigeran Department of State Services claims that Shekau’s death could signify the end of the Boko Haram extremist group that has undertaken violent and dangerous uprisings over all northeast Nigeria for over a decade. 

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Apple Under Fire as Epic Games Claims the Company Holds Illegal Monopoly 

  • Apple faces strict scrutiny as US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decides if the company illegally holds a monopoly on apps and app purchases.
  • Fortnite developer Epic Games is suing Apple after citing their inability to run an app store on iphones forcing them to be subject to Apple’s 30% fee on in-app purchases. 
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to pointed questions in the trial by stating “I think they have a choice today, they have a choice between many different Android models of smartphones or an iPhone”…”There are clearly other ways to monetize, but we chose this one because this one overall is the best way.”
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Trump Faces Lawsuit For His Use of the Terms “Chinese Virus”, “Wuhan Virus” and “Kung Flu Virus.”

  • The Chinese American Civil Rights Coalition is suing former President Donald Trump for his use of the terms “Chinese virus”, “Wuhan virus” and “Kung Flu virus.”
  • The group states Trump’s verbiage led to an increase in anti-Asain hate crimes and thus an increase in emotional distress in the Asian American community.
  • In response Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller stated “This is an insane and idiotic lawsuit that is specious at best, and it will be dismissed if it ever sees a courtroom…It’s a complete joke, and if I was the lawyer that brought it I’d be worried about getting sanctioned.”
  • There has been a distressing 81% of Asian American adults who say that violence against them has been on the rise.
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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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