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World Leaders Convene Virtually to Bring An End to COVID

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  • World leaders gathered virtually on Wednesday to discuss the eradication of COVID 19.
  • The summit was held as an adjacent session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • The thrust of the summit focused on the inequitable distribution of COVID vaccines worldwide.
  • U.S. President Biden pledged to increase the number of doses it would buy and distribute to low- and middle- income countries.
  • He also proposed a goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by next year.
  • The United States has been criticized for arriving late to the conversation of worldwide vaccination. 
  • While many in the United States have been fully vaccinated, there are millions of people around the world who have yet to receive a single dose.

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Boris Johnson Shows Indifference to French Ire

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  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson publicly railed against France’s displeasure of the pact between the United Kingdom, United States and Australia for submarine technology development.
  • Speaking from Washington D.C. on Wednesday, where Johnson was meeting with U.S. President Biden Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Johnson stated that France should get a grip and give him a break.
  • The pact between the three countries, called Aukus, represents a significant alliance of the aforementioned nations since World War II.

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Gabby Petito Case Given More Media Attention than Missing Persons of Color

  • Experts say Gabby Petito’s national media attention may be the product of her race and social media presence.
  • Petito went missing while traveling cross-country with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.
  • The 22-year-old’s body was found near Grand Teton National Park and has been confirmed as Petito’s body.
  • While Petito’s family will get some closure, many parents and loved ones of people of color are speaking out about the lack of media attention for their missing loved ones, some whose searches are still ongoing.
  • Gwen Ifill coined this phenomenon “missing white woman syndrome.”

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Cumbre Vieja Volcano Still Erupting, Still Destroying Everything in its Path

  • Lava is still spewing out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain.
  • 150 houses have been destroyed and thousands of residents have been forced to flee the area in the wake of the volcanic eruption.
  • Plantations of La Palma’s key export, bananas, have also been affected by the eruption. 
  • The latest estimates of property damage are close to 87 million euros, the equivalent of $102 million.

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Reuters

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Trudeau Wins Canadian Parliamentary Election, but Loses Majority Vote

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  • Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal Party won 156 seats in this week’s parliamentary election, but fell 14 votes short of the 170 seats the party would need to form a majority in the House of Commons.
  • The Conservatives won 121 seats.
  • Trudeau’s snap election was held two years before the deadline.
  • Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world because of Trudeau’s government.
  • Both Hillary Clinton and former US President Barack Obama expressed support for Trudeau.

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Associated Press

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Myanmar Residents Flee Country, Seeking Refuge in India

  • Junta forces and an anti-military group, the Chin Defence Force, continue fighting in Myanmar.
  • Nearly 6,000 residents of Myanmar poured into the nearby Indian state of Mizoram to seek shelter.
  • The turmoil is the aftermath of a government overthrow in February 2021.  The government was led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  

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Reuters

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UBS Employee Files Lawsuit Saying Workload Affected Mental Health

  • Simon Rope is suing the Swiss Bank UBS for $273,000, alleging the work environment was insidious and the workload was grueling.
  • The lawsuit highlights the pressures traders experience in their line of work and how that stress consequently affects their mental health. 
  • UBS denies that the work environment was exceptionally exacting and denies that it neglected Mr. Rope. 

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Al Jazeera

Assassination Attempt On Ukraine President’s Aide

  • President Volodymyr Zelensky’s aide’s car was hit by bullets in Kyiv. 
  • Serhiy Shefir was unhurt but his driver was wounded. 
  • Mr. Shefir believes the attack was aimed at intimidating the Ukrainian president. 
  • Russia has denied any involvement. 

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BBC

China Will Not Support Coal Projects Overseas

  • China will not provide financial support for coal projects in developing countries. 
  • The country will support other countries in developing environmentally-conscious energy.  
  • This announcement comes ahead of the COP26 climate talks that will take place in Glasgow, Scotland. 

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Al Jazeera

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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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