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The Daily Brief: World Experiences Deja Vu As COVID Stubbornly Persists

Countries scramble to contain fast spreading Delta Variant

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  • Covid continues to paralyze a return to normality across the world.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. has strongly recommended vaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors.
  • Examination of COVID positive tests suggests that the viral load for vaccinated and non vaccinated individuals is similar. 
  • The high viral load raises concerns about the high transmission of the variant.
  • More and more athletes are testing positive at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Wuhan, China is again experiencing rising rates of COVID positive tests, with all 9.3 million city residents expected to be tested.
  • Countries such as Kenya have postponed in-person meetings as the variant spreads unchecked.

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New Rules Placed On China IPOs

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  • Chinese companies seeking to raise money in the U.S. will have to go through additional hurdles before clearance by the SEC.
  • Companies will have to give broader disclosure of investors.
  • The administrative requirements are in part to ensure greater transparency about companies that are in actuality based in China but operated offshore.
  • The ultimate goal is to protect US investors from holding shares in companies that may be subject to government oversight by China.

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Iran Suspected In Attack Against MV Mercer Street Tanker

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  • A tanker operated by an Israeli company was attacked on Thursday.
  • Two people were killed by the drone initiated attack.
  • Iran is suspected in the maritime incident, in which two people were killed.
  • Iran has yet to respond on its culpability.

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Tokyo Olympics: USA Leading in Medal Count, China Leading in Golds

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  • China has won the most gold medals so far at 19, with Japan and USA trailing closely. The United States has won the most medals overall at 41, with China one medal away from catching up.
  • Women’s soccer has reached the semifinals, with the USA facing off against Canada and Sweden against Australia.
  • In the men’s Tennis semifinals, Alexander Zverev lost to Novak Djokovic in a surprise twist. Djokovic was bidding to win a Golden Slam, which requires four grand slams and an Olympic gold medal in one year.
  • Three USA fencing athletes wore pink masks to stand against sexual assault, while their teammate who is being investigated for sexual assault, Alen Hadzic, wore a black mask. 
  • Germany’s gymnastics team has opted for more modest uniforms amidst Norway’s beach volleyball uniform controversy.
  • A man was arrested by the Hong Kong police for booing during the Chinese national anthem inside a shopping mall.
  • Track and field athletes from Nigeria staged a protest after they were declared ineligible to compete due to non-compliance of the Out of Competition Testing (OCT) requirement.

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President Duterte Restores Agreement Allowing US Troop Presence in Philippines

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  • Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte decided to keep the The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), allowing US troops to conduct war drills and combat exercises between US and Philippine forces. 
  • Presence of US troops is even more significant given China’s proximity and recent disputes in the South China Sea. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin thanked the President for restoring the agreement in a joint press briefing.
  • Duterte stated last year that he was going to terminate the agreement, but continued to push back the date of termination. Defense secretaries from both countries stated the importance of strengthening ties and cooperation between the two countries.

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Hong Kong Sentences Protester to Nine Years in Prison Under New Security Law

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  • Hong Kong charged Tong Ying-kit to nine years in prison under the new security law, setting the harsh tone for future cases. The law enables a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
  • Ying-kit waved a flag last year stating “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”. He also rode a motorcycle into police officers during a protest. He was given six and a half years for the flag’s message and eight years for “deliberate challenge against the police”.
  • According to China, the law is to help stabilize Hong Kong, but critics believe it is an easy way to punish activists. The law criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces.

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Four Deaths in Turkey as Wildfires Continue

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  • Thousands of firefighters are fighting wildfires in Turkey, which have killed four people and injured more than fifty people. Around twenty neighbourhoods, villages, and hotels have been evacuated.
  • The fires occurred in coastal towns that feature resorts popular among tourists. Mehmet Oktay, the mayor of Marmaris, has not ruled out potential sabotage for the cause of the fire. Turkey has launched investigations into the fires’ cause, and many believe it is arson.
  • Around fifty different fires have been reported in Turkey, with most of them contained. However, around 1,500 acres of agricultural land have been destroyed, and more than 1,000 animals killed.

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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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