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The Daily Brief: World Leaders Take the Stage At The UN COP26 Climate Conference

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One day after the G20 summit failed to commit to a 2050 deadline to halt carbon emissions, world leaders meet in Glasgow, UK for the COP26 for a second chance. 
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  • World leaders took the stage Monday to discuss their stance on climate change and kicked off what will be two weeks’ worth of negotiations at the UN’s COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, UK. 
  • With the G20 conference ending one day before and leaders failing to agree on a 2050 deadline to halt global carbon emissions, many fear that future generations will face extreme climate change if no agreement is reached at the COP26 conference. 
  • The COP26 is a two-week conference that aims to cap global warming at 1.5C above industrial levels. 
  • Attendees will focus on securing new climate change pledges from world leaders, aim to lock in billions of dollars in climate-related funding, and will finish any rules left to fulfill the 2015 Paris agreement. 
  • In his Monday address, US President Joe Biden urged leaders that changes made in this decade can prevent future generations from suffering.  
  • India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, vowed to reduce India’s emissions to net-zero by 2070 and Ecuador intends to expand the Galapagos Marine Reserve to 60,000 square kilometres. 
  • Queen Elizabeth also addressed attendees via a pre-recorded video, urging leaders to put aside politics and achieve a safe and stable future for the planet. 
  • Some notable absentees from the conference are Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, although President Xi will address attendees via a written statement. 
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Global COVID Deaths Reach A Staggering 5 Million

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  • Less than 2 years into the COVID-19 global pandemic, researchers at Johns Hopkins report at least 5 million people have died from the illness
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the true number of deaths could potentially be two to three times higher than reported due to the lack of testing and reported data in many countries. 
  • At 745,800 deaths, the US leads in the highest number of COVID deaths, followed by Brazil at 607,824 deaths and India at 458,427 deaths. 
  • Vaccines have slowed the number of deaths in many countries but many poorer countries have yet to receive their first doses while wealthier nations like the US, have already begun administering booster shots.
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Barclays CEO Steps Down After Ties To Epstein Revealed
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  • Barclays, a British multinational bank based in London, lost its CEO Jes Staley following the revelation of his ties to sex offender, Jefferey Epstein. 
  • Staley stated he was, “shell shocked, angry and upset” at the investigation’s findings, which began after a slew of emails between the two of them indicated a more intimate relationship. 
  • Staley claims he had a strictly professional relationship with Epstein, however, irregularities were found between Staley’s recollection of his relationship with Epstein and the evidence found by the investigative team. 
  • Staley will be replaced by the company’s head of global markets C.S. Venkatakrishnan. 
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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59117084 https://www.reuters.com/business/barclays-ceo-staley-stand-down-following-epstein-investigation-2021-11-01/ 

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French President Claims Australian PM Lied About Submarine Deal
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  • French President, Emmanuel Macron, claimed Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, was not truthful about the cancelation of a 37-billion dollar submarine deal, weakening ties between the nations. 
  • Morrison denies the allegation, saying he was “very clear” that conventional submarines would not meet Australian needs, thus ending the deal between France and Australia. 
  • Shortly, after ending the deal with France, Australia began a new partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom called AUKUS, which has the potential to develop nuclear-powered submarines. 
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/31/australia/macron-morrison-australia-france-submarine-deal-intl-hnk/index.html

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Disneyland in Shanghai Closes After One Person Tests Positive for COVID-19
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  • Disneyland in Shanghai shut its gates over the weekend with over 30,000 attendees still inside following the report that a visitor tested positive after returning home from the amusement park. 
  • All 30,000 visitors, who were still inside the park, were required to test negative before being allowed to leave on Sunday.
  • As of today, everyone that was tested has tested negative for COVID-19 but the park will remain closed for two additional days to ensure all staff and visitors have tested negative. 
  • China continues to stress the total elimination of the virus within the country, imposing national and citywide lockdowns to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. 
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Elon Musk Offers To Sell Tesla Stocks If UN Can “Prove” $6B Will End World Hunger
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  • Elon Musk has offered to sell $6 Billion of Tesla Stock if the United Nations can prove the amount would eradicate world hunger. 
  • The statement comes after United Nations World Food Programme Director, David Beasley. posed a challenge towards Musk and his wealthy counterpart, Jeffery Bezos to “step up now, on a one-time basis” to put an end to world hunger. 
  • After Musk tweeted his offer he insisted that the UN has to use the money with “open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent,” Beasley replied saying they’d work with him and his team to ensure that. 
  • Beasley also added, “$6 billion will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration, and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation.”
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/01/business/elon-musk-tesla-stock-world-hunger/index.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/01/elon-musk-tells-un-food-chief-hell-spend-6-billion-to-fight-hunger.html

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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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