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G7 Nations Promote India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor

At the G7 Summit in Bari, Italy, the Group of Seven nations have pledged to support the development of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC), a significant infrastructure project aimed at enhancing connectivity between India, the Middle East, and Europe. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, where leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to a "free and open Indo-Pacific" based on the rule of law. The IMEC initiative, seen as a strategic move to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative, aims to establish a vast network of roads, railways, and shipping routes linking Saudi Arabia, India, the United States, and Europe. Additionally, the summit addressed issues such as AI governance, energy, Africa, and the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, with the G7 pledging support for Ukraine through Extraordinary Revenue Acceleration Loans. Pope Francis also made history by becoming the first pontiff to participate in a G7 summit. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 10 am IST

Neuralink sued for forcing employee to work with infected monkeys

Elon Musk's brain-implant startup Neuralink Corp. is facing a lawsuit from former employee Lindsay Short, who alleges that she was forced to work with monkeys carrying the Herpes B virus in unsafe conditions. Short claims she was subjected to a toxic work environment and ultimately fired after revealing her pregnancy. Neuralink, currently in the early stages of clinical trials for its device aimed at assisting paralyzed patients, has a history of controversy regarding the treatment of animals in its research. The company has been accused of botched surgeries on monkeys and mistreatment of animals in the past. Neuralink has yet to respond to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also includes claims of retaliation, wrongful termination, and discrimination based on gender. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 8 am IST

Rishi Sunak praises Kate Middleton after public appearance

Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, shared an update on her ongoing cancer treatment, expressing gratitude for the support received globally since her diagnosis in March. She mentioned that her treatment will continue for a few more months, emphasizing the importance of patience and self-care during chemotherapy. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak praised her strength and resilience, highlighting the significance of her message to those battling cancer and their families. Middleton announced her first public appearance in six months, stating her intention to attend King Charles's birthday parade with other senior royals. This appearance will mark her return to public engagements since her cancer diagnosis, showcasing her determination and commitment to fulfilling royal duties despite ongoing health challenges. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 8 am IST

Cyril Ramaphosa wins second term as South African President

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has been re-elected for a second term after an unprecedented coalition government was formed by his African National Congress (ANC) party. The May 29 general election did not produce an outright winner, leading to a coalition deal with various parties including the Democratic Alliance and the Inkatha Freedom Party. Ramaphosa, 71, received 283 votes from fellow MPs in a secret ballot, defeating a challenge from Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters. The new government of national unity aims to address economic challenges and bridge political divides in the country, with a focus on rapid, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth. Despite the historic nature of the coalition, challenges lie ahead in managing conflicting views and turning around South Africa's economic fortunes. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 5 am IST

US Supreme Court Overturns Trump's Bump Stock Ban

The US Supreme Court has struck down a ban on bump stocks, devices that enable semi-automatic rifles to function like machine guns, implemented by the Trump administration. The ruling, which was decided by a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, deemed the ban unconstitutional, as it did not align with the law following a mass shooting in 2017. Gun control activists and Democrats have criticized the decision, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing public safety over the interests of the gun lobby. The case has sparked debate on the technical definition of a machine gun and the government's authority to regulate firearms accessories. The ruling has been met with mixed reactions, with the National Rifle Association welcoming it, while others view it as a setback for gun control efforts. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 2 am IST