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Friday December 9th

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Ukrainian forces began advancing through the key city of Kherson on Nov. 11 as Russian forces retreated, signifying a major victory for Kyiv (Flickr/“Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in hoisting the State Flag of Ukraine in liberated Kherson” by President of Ukraine. November 14, 2022). 

Ukraine reclaims Kherson after months of Russian occupation

Ukrainian forces began advancing through the key city of Kherson on Nov. 11 as Russian forces retreated, signifying a major victory for Kyiv. They encountered little to no resistance as they reclaimed the city that had experienced months of Russian occupation, according to CNN. Kherson was the only regional capital that was captured by Moscow since the initial invasion in February. 

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NASA’s Artemis Ⅰ mission has once again been delayed due to unpleasant weather conditions. Originally meant to launch Nov. 14, the rocket will now be prepared for Nov. 16 (Flickr/“Artemis I” by DLR_next. July 29, 2022).

NASA’s mission to the moon delayed due to Tropical Storm Nicole

NASA’s Artemis Ⅰ mission has once again been delayed due to hazardous weather conditions. Originally meant to launch Nov. 14, the rocket will now be prepared for Nov. 16. The Artemis mission is the first step of the greater Orion mission, in which NASA will launch a rocket to and from the moon with hopes of eventually sending more people to the moon.

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President Biden’s plan for student loan forgiveness is facing legal challenges, even as over 20 million people have already applied for the program. (Flickr/”Oh, these student loans!” by CafeCredit, November 5, 2016).

Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Facing Legal Troubles

Student loans may be relieved with President Joe Biden’s new plan for forgiving up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people earning less than $125,000 a year, as well as up to $20,000 for people who have received Pell Grants. These reforms are planned to be implemented in July 2023; however, they were blocked by a federal appeals court after six states sued the Biden Administration. 

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Rishi Sunak has become the next Prime Minister of the U.K., following Liz Truss’s resignation after just 44 days in office. (Flickr/Rishi Sunak MP/Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Govt. ​​January 9, 2018).

Rishi Sunak becomes next PM as Truss fails to deliver on economic relief

Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation after a short 44 days in office, the shortest tenure in the last 300 years of British history, according to AP. Her term was marked by economic turmoil after the introduction of her tax cut plan aimed at the highest earners and biggest corporations in the country, rocking financial markets and resulting in rebellion within her own Conservative party. Former finance minister under Boris Johnson’s premiership, Rishi Sunak, is set to take over as the leader of the Conservative Party. 

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Researchers at Florida State University studied the effects that Covid-19 had on individuals’ personalities from the early to the late-stage pandemic which showed significant changes in personality, especially in younger people (Flickr/“Personality” by EpicTop10.com. November 10, 2019).

Neurological effects of Covid-19 start to emerge

In a September study, researchers at Florida State University studied the effects that Covid-19 had on individuals’ personalities from the early-to-late-stage pandemic. They found significant changes in personality, especially in younger people. Other studies have produced similar results, and millions of people may be out of work due to Long Covid.

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Protests have erupted across Iran in opposition to the country’s brutal authoritarian regime led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, intensified by the killing of Mahsa Amini. (Wikimedia Commons/“Students of Amir Kabir university protest against Hijab and the Islamic Republic” by Darafsh - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. Sept. 20, 2022).

Protests Triggered in Iran after Death of Mahsa Amini

Protests have erupted across Iran in opposition to the country’s authoritarian regime led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the morality police in Tehran. She allegedly did not wear her headscarf the right way, which violated the dress code mandated for Iranian women, according to Newsweek. 

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For the first time in five years, North Korea has test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed about 3000 kilometers east of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, traveling farther than ever before (Flickr/“20” by Ryan Chan. March 25, 2022).

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile over Japan without Warning

For the first time in five years, North Korea has test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over the island of Japan that landed about 3000 kilometers east of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, traveling farther than ever before, according to the Guardian. This action was poorly received by the leaders of prominent powers, including the United States, South Korea and Japan. 

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Thousands of Russians are fleeing their country in an attempt to avoid being drafted into the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, while Vladimir Putin has announced that portions of the country will be annexed by Russia. (Flickr/“IMG_1120” by Oleksandr Ratushniak / UNDP Ukraine. April 11, 2022.)

Russia Annexes Regions of Ukraine as Thousands of Russians Flee to Avoid Military Draft

Thousands of Russians are fleeing their country in an attempt to avoid being drafted into the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. This comes after Russian President Vladamir Putin’s orders to mobilize in his failing war caused many people to protest in opposition, with some protests turning violent. Furthermore, according to the New York Times, Putin has announced Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian provinces, or some 40,000 square miles of eastern and southern Ukraine, including Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. 

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The Orlando Sentinel reports downed power lines, record floods and rainfall, fallen trees, closed roads and severe damages (Flickr/“Downed trees and power lines in Bartow, FL following Hurricane Ian” by State Farm. September 29, 2022).

Hurricane Ian devastates Florida and makes its way for other states

Hurricane Ian hit the shores of Florida on Sept. 21 with winds as high as 150 mph, causing major power outages, severe floods, injuries, deaths and evacuations, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Orlando Sentinel also reported downed power lines, record floods and rainfall, fallen trees, closed roads and severe damages from floods, like buildings and damaged houses.

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