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The Daily Brief: World Leaders Convene Virtually to Bring An End to COVID

World Leaders Convene Virtually to Bring An End to COVID

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Summary

  • 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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The New York Times

BBC

Al Jazeera

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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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The Guardian

BBC

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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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ABC

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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. 

Sources

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. 

Sources

Al Jazeera

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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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