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The Daily Brief: World Paralyzed for Hours as Engineers Struggle to Restore Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram

The world’s highest used apps stopped working for several hours, paralyzing millions of users.

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  • The world’s highest used apps stopped working for several hours, paralyzing millions of users.
  • Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp stopped working around 11:30AM EST.
  • Services slowly came back on line approximately six hours later.
  • The disruption was likely caused by an internal issue.
  • The malfunction also caused Facebook’s internal systems to become temporarily suspended, even locking some employees out of their offices for a period of time.
  • Facebook is already struggling with its image, in light of the recent leakage of an internal report that exposed the negative association between social media and teenage mental health. 
  • Facebook shares dropped today, due in part to the inconvenience caused by the disruption in service.

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Revelations from Pandora Papers Continue to Haunt World Leaders

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  • Millions continue to pour through the contents of the Pandora Papers, a leaked set of documents detailing the private financial matters of world leaders.
  • Analysis shows that many leaders of middle and low income countries are saving their funds in offshore havens, trusts and properties, in stark contrast to the economic depravity in such nations.
  • Pakistan was recently highlighted because of the discovery that over 700 citizens – including government officials and military leaders – have millions in offshore accounts.
  • Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to pursue any illegally accrued wealth as revealed by the Pandora Papers.

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Feul Shortages Leaves Many Stranded 

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  • Across London and other parts of the UK, there is a shortage of fuel. About 20% of gas stations have run out of gas.
  • Long lines were seen at gas stations across the country as drives panicked and wanted to fill up
  • Shortage of drivers may have led to this shortage of fuel. 
  • This shortage of drivers is due to many factors such as covid, retirement, tax changes and Brexit. 
  • The Army is on standby to deliver fuel, if shortage of drivers persists. 

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  • Israel accuses Iran of coordinating an attack against Israelis in Cypress after the arrest of an armed individual. 
  • The suspect arrested is a 38 year old man, who had a gun  in his possession and Russian passport.  He arrived on the island about three weeks before the arrest. 
  • Iran denies any connection to these attacks in a statement from the Embassy of Iran.  It stated, “This regime is always making such a baseless allegation against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” 

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Raising Debt, a Go or a No? 

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  • There is a rift with Democrats wanting to raise the debt limit while Republicans are refusing to go along with this idea. To pass this, 10 republicans a part of the legislation must vote alongside this idea. 
  • However, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Federal serve Chairman Jerome Powell  said it can be detrimental and dangerous to the US economy. It was stated by Yellen last week, that the government will be out of cash and be unable to pay its debts. 
  • Under President Donald Trump, the country’s debt was raised 3 times. Since 1960, the country’s debt ceiling has been pushed up 78 times. 

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Taiwan’s Concern Over China’s Planes Flying Over

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  • 56 fighter planes zoom over Taiwan as a way to demonstrate power and harassment over the area. China is sending their airplanes over. 
  • Foreign Minister Joseph Wu expressed his concern on the matter, ““We are very concerned that China is going to launch a war against Taiwan at some point, even though the threat may not be imminent at this point,”. 
  • Ned Price says that China’s military is risking the peace they are striving for. In response, China says that the US is selling their weapons over to Taiwan.  

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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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