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Headlines: 22-28 July 2024

UN organizations' news
Monday, 22 July 2024

Israel sends tanks back into Khan Younis area, 70 killed after new evacuation order22 July 2024 (LINK) — 38 media reports (LINK)

UN envoy warns that threat of terrorism is 'resurging' with attacks by Islamic State extremists22 July 2024 (LINK) — 11 media reports (LINK)

US ambassador announces $60 million in aid and new resources for police during visit to Haiti22 July 2024 (LINK) — 26 media reports (LINK)

Biden gives states $4.3bn for EV chargers, heat pumps, and other green tech22 July 2024 (LINK)

Lifesaving nasal spray targets and eliminates tau proteins that cause Alzheimer's22 July 2024 (LINK)

Alsu Kurmasheva is another American Journalist Detained in Russia: Why has her case not received the attention as it deserves?22 July 2024 (LINK)

— She was sentenced to six years in a Russian jail on the spurious charge of "spreading false information about the Russian military."

— Alsu Kurmasheva is a Russian-born naturalized American citizen who works for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She mostly covers cultural stories for the Tatar language service of RFE/RL. Last year, she traveled to Russia to visit her elderly mother. On her way home, she was detained at the airport and had her passport confiscated. She was later sent to prison, denied consular access, and held more or less incommunicado.

— It bears resemblance to the case of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. Unlike Gershkovich, the United States government does not (yet) consider Alsu Kurmasheva to be "wrongfully detained." This designation is significant. In 2020, Congress passed the Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act which empowered a special office in the White House devoted exclusively to securing the release of Americans held hostage by foreign governments. The thing is, before this White House office can take up a case the State Department must first determine that someone is indeed "wrongfully detained" under the criteria set forth in the law. Alsu's case certainly fits all the criteria, but the State Department has not yet made this determination. Thus, her case has not been referred to the Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger D. Carstens.

CNN: Who is Kamala Harris? The life of the woman stepping into the 2024 limelight: She was the nation's first Indian American senator and California's first female and South Asian attorney general. Harris is the first woman to become vice president, as well as the first Black or Asian American person to hold the office22 July 2024 (LINK)

'DEI,' 'Colored,' 'Jezebel': MAGA Attacks on Kamala Harris Are Getting Ugly22 July 2024 (LINK)

AI can detect prostate cancer better than doctors, study says23 July 2024 (LINK)

Tadej Pogacar withdraws from Paris 2024 Olympics after winning Tour de France: 'too tired'22 July 2024 (LINK)

Le Monde: Politics are polluting the International Seabed Authority general assembly22 July 2024 (LINK)

— The private firm most aggressively seeking to exploit the deep-sea minerals destined for electric car batteries, the Metals Company (TMC), a Canadian company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, highlights the presumed environmental harmlessness of the machine they intend to use to "harvest" seabed concretions composed mainly of nickel (43%), manganese (28%), copper (18%) and cobalt (11 %).

Michael Clarke, environmental manager of a TMC exploratory mission in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, claimed that after the machine passes over the seafloor, "we see organisms returning to the site a year later." These comments have raised the eyebrows of scientists, some of whom have previously claimed that even after 25 years, no life has reappeared where nodules have been removed by man.

110 civic organizations and several thousand in Mallorca demand 'less tourism, more life' in pushback against overtourism22 July 2024 (LINK)

Israel orders evacuation of part of Gaza humanitarian zone: plans an operation against Hamas militants in the Muwasi Humanitarian zone due to rocket launches toward Israel22 July 2024 (LINK) — 21 media reports (LINK)

Sharks off Brazil coast test positive for cocaine: up to 100 times higher than previously detected in other marine animals: marine biologists suggested the cocaine likely originated from the city's sewerage system or excrement of drug users22 July 2024 (LINK) — 11 media reports (LINK)

U.S. Democrat fundraising platform ActBlue rakes in nearly $50 million in 7 hours after Harris campaign launch22 July 2024 (LINK) — 24 media reports (LINK)

Who could be Kamala Harris's VP? The potential list, briefly explained. Popular Democratic governors from swing states are among those likely in contention22 July 2024 (LINK)

AI being used to generate deepfake child sex abuse images based on real victims, report finds22 July 2024 (LINK) — 7 media reports (LINK)

US SEC approves first spot ether ETFs to start trading on 23 July: Ethereum has rallied nearly 51% so far this year22 July 2024 (LINK) — 11 media reports (LINK)

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