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  • Erica Na

Week of June 23

International:


Israel-Hamas War

  • The Manhattan D.A. dropped 31 of 46 charges against people who were responsible for taking over Hamilton Hall at Columbia University. The reason for this decision was a lack of evidence and video surveillance.


Russia

  • In Russia’s Dagestan province, at least 19 people were killed after 15 police officers, a priest, and four civilians were killed in what appears to be a coordinated attack. Russian law enforcement has revealed that the gunmen were members of a terrorist organization. 

  • Evan Gershkovich, an American journalist, was detained on charges of espionage by Russia’s Federal Security Service back in March 2023. His trial began in a closed hearing and is expected to last months.


South Korea

  • A lithium battery factory in Hwaseong, South Korea exploded, killing at least 22 people and injuring eight others. 

  • Tensions between North Korea and South Korea continue to grow as North Korea sends more trash-filled balloons.

Source: CNN

Kenya

  • After a tax-raising bill was passed, Kenyans stormed the Parliament building. In response, the military killed at least 5 people. While Kenya’s economy is rapidly growing, many people have not received the benefits.




Domestic


Politics

Source: NPR
  • This week marked the two-year anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. 

  • The first general election debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden was held on June 27. Biden’s performance has left many Democrats concerned as he struggled to articulate certain thoughts.


Gun Violence

  • Two Uvalde police officers were indicted by a grand jury on felony charges for failing to respond properly in the 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting. Law enforcement waited for over an hour before entering the school. 

  • In Arkansas 4 people were killed and 9 were injured in a grocery store shooting.


Education

  • Following Louisiana’s newly enacted bill requiring all public schools to display the Ten Commandments, Oklahoma has issued a memorandum stating that all schools must include the Bible and the Ten Commandments in the curriculum. State Superintendent Ryan Walters reasoned that such measures are necessary “to have a complete understanding of Western civilization” and “an understanding of the basis of our legal system.”


Climate

  • After severe storms and flooding, at least two people have died in the Midwest. Significant damages to infrastructure, such as the partial collapse of the Rapidan Dam in Minnesota, will result in hundreds of forced evacuations.

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