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Thursday December 8th

Gauri Patel


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). 
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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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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).
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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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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).
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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).
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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.)
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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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Inflation in the United States is currently at a four-decade high, and the Federal Reserve is determined to get ahead of it in any way possible (Flickr/“federal reserve building” by Rafael Saldaña. December 30, 2012).
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Federal Reserve Hikes Interest Rates to Combat Inflation

Inflation in the United States is currently at a four-decade high, and the Federal Reserve is determined to get ahead of it in any way possible, even if it leads to increased unemployment for Americans. According to NBC News, the Fed recently raised its key interest rate by 0.75%, and it plans to continue keeping interest rates high until inflation is once again under control. This is not the first time the Fed has increased rates this year. In fact, it has raised its benchmark rate five times since the beginning of the year. 

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