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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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Al Jazeera

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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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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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