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July 10th, 2023

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In Today’s Brief

  • Ukraine: U.S. will send cluster munitions
  • El Paso: Walmart shooter gets 90 life sentences
  • LIV Golf: Cameron Smith conquers London
  • Taylor Swift: Drops another re-recorded album

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Drone strike on ISIL leader

The U.S. military said that it successfully carried out a drone strike targeting a leader of the Islamic State (ISIL) group in eastern Syria on Friday.

In a press release published yesterday, the U.S. Central Command said Friday’s strike resulted in the death of ISIL leader Usamah al-Muhajir. The agency added that no civilians lost their lives, though they were “assessing reports of a civilian injury.” Russian military planes reportedly engaged with the drones a day before the strike. According to Air Force Lieutenant General Alexus Grynkewich, the planes “dropped flares in front of the drones and flew dangerously close, endangering the safety of all aircraft involved.”

At its peak in 2014, ISIL controlled nearly one-third of Iraq and Syria. The U.S. has roughly 1K troops deployed in Syria as part of international efforts to combat ISIL, which maintains hideouts in remote desert areas and conducts frequent attacks.

Yellen goes to China

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited Beijing and said her trip marked a “step forward” in efforts to stabilize relations between the U.S. and China.

Yellen is the second Biden administration official to visit the country in the last several weeks. Last month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials in Beijing. At the end of her trip, Yellen said that conversations with her counterparts were “direct, substantive, and productive.” Per Yellen, the talks covered issues such as economic ties between the countries, national security, climate initiatives, and global debt challenges.

In terms of GDP, the U.S. and China represent the world’s two largest economies. On top of trade disputes, current issues dividing the countries include this year’s incursion of a Chinese spy balloon over the U.S., human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and territorial claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea.

Elton John says goodbye

Sir Elton John gave his final performance of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday night, announcing that he would not be touring again.

The "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour began in 2018 but was delayed for two years during the Covid-19 pandemic. The singer performed 330 shows for over 6.25M people throughout the tour’s run. It is also the first tour ever to earn more than $900M. In 2021, John said in an interview that he was looking forward to retiring from touring to focus on his two children, a sentiment he echoed in his farewell performance.

Over his nearly 50-year career, John, 76, received five Grammys and recorded 31 studio albums. His albums have sold more than 300M units, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. While he has decided to stop touring, he confirmed that he will continue to create new music.

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Around the Globe

  • The U.S. said it will send cluster munitions to Ukraine to aid in the ongoing war with Russia; cluster munitions are artillery-filled canisters that break apart midair and disperse smaller “bomblets,” and some countries ban their use due to the risk they pose to civilians (More)
  • A boat carrying 200 migrants from Senegal went missing over a week ago off the Canary Islands; the incident comes weeks after more than 500 people went missing when a migrant boat sank saw off the Greek coast (More)
  • Landslides in Japan caused by rain left at least one person dead and prompted evacuation orders for more than 10K residents of Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu; the country’s weather agency warned of the “heaviest rain ever” in the region (More)

On the Homefront

  • The director of the IRS sent employees a memo with new guidance on making protected disclosures to Congress, informing them of their right to do so; the change in guidance comes after members of Congress demanded the Office of Special Counsel to investigate alleged “retaliation” against whistleblowers on July 5th (More)
  • El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius was handed 90 life sentences in connection with the August 3rd, 2019, mass shooting that left 23 people dead and injured dozens of others (More)
  • A Cessna C550 jet crashed in the city of Murrieta in Southern California Saturday, leaving all six passengers on board dead, according to Riverside County authorities; another Cessna jet crashed four days prior in the same city (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • Pianist Peter Nero, who became known for interpreting pop songs through classical and jazz forms and served as the Philly Pops’ conductor for over three decades, passed away at 89 (More)
  • Cameron Smith took home the trophy at LIV Golf London in his final start ahead of his British Open title defense at Royal Liverpool; the victory marks Smith’s second career title on the LIV Golf circuit (More)
  • Sony Pictures’ horror film ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ earned $32.65M during its opening weekend, the second-best start in the franchise after Insidious: Chapter 2 (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed lower on Friday, ending the week with losses (Dow -0.55%, Nasdaq -0.13%, S&P 500 -0.29%)
  • A former Amazon manager was sentenced to 16 years in prison for stealing over $9.4M from the company while she was working there (More)
  • N.Y. Senator Chuck Schumer called on the FDA to investigate Prime, a sports drink partially owned and promoted by social media influencers Logan Paul and KSI, over concerns that the drink’s high levels of caffeine could be harmful to children (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, two sisters who founded the company Izzy Wheels which collaborates with famous designers to create fashionable wheel covers for wheelchair users looking to express themselves
  • Bump This: Pop star Taylor Swift re-released her fan-favorite Speak Now album on Friday along with six never-before-heard songs written for the original album - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and Youtube
  • Chow Down: First cultivated in Brussels, Belgium, Brussels sprouts are full of vitamins and antioxidants that help improve eye and skin health and reduce the risk of cancer - try this recipe for crispy, caramelized Brussels sprouts for the perfect healthy side dish
  • Nerd Out: Check out this AI robot a New Mexico school is pilot testing to help with campus security and patrol for individuals exhibiting abnormal or aggressive behavior.
  • Go Deep: Astronomers recently discovered 62 new moons orbiting Saturn, raising the planet’s total number to 145 and counting - read up on how the researchers discovered them and why distant moons are so hard to find
  • Hot Goss: Harry Styles is the latest musician to be injured by an object thrown by an audience member while performing; the singer was reportedly hit in the eye by an unidentified object thrown during his concert in Vienna on Saturday
  • Life Hack: Heart health is critical to a long and happy life, especially for women whose hormonal changes make them more prone to heart disease - here are five daily habits to help lower the risk of heart disease, according to researchers


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Looking Back…

On July 10th: The Rolling Stones top the U.S. charts for the first time with the single “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” (1965); Boris Yeltsin is sworn into office as Russia’s first elected president (1991); German automaker Volkswagen ends production of the Beetle (2019); tennis player Arthur Ashe is born (1943).

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