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Slovak PM's Life Safe After Shooting, Minister Confirms

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's life is no longer in danger after surviving an assassination attempt by a lone gunman who shot him four times, including in the abdomen. Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak confirmed that Fico has emerged from the immediate threat to his life, but remains in serious condition and requires intensive care. The suspected gunman, identified as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, has been charged with attempted premeditated murder and placed in pre-trial detention. Fico, who took office in October after his centrist populist Smer party won a general election, underwent two surgeries and is now considered stable with a positive prognosis. The assassination attempt has shocked the EU and NATO member country of 5.4 million people, already deeply divided over politics. sources

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May 19 2024, 3 pm

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

Elon Musk's X Demands Overpaid Staff Return Money

Elon Musk's X, formerly known as Twitter, has requested sacked employees in Australia to return money that was mistakenly overpaid to them due to currency conversion errors. The social media platform admitted to the mistake and asked former staff to repay amounts ranging from $1,500 to $70,000. At least six employees have received legal notices regarding the overpayments, which were related to deferred cash compensation in the form of shares issued when they joined Twitter. X has faced accusations of labor violations, including failure to pay severance to workers fired after Musk's acquisition of the company. This latest development comes after thousands of former Twitter employees claimed they were denied severance pay following Musk's takeover. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 8 am

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

Tsav 9: Hardline Israeli Group Sanctioned by US Explained

The US has imposed sanctions on Tsav 9, a hardline Israeli group, for obstructing humanitarian aid convoys to Gaza, leading to violence and instability in the West Bank. Formed in January this year, Tsav 9 members have blocked crucial crossings, set trucks on fire, and injured drivers and IDF soldiers, exacerbating the hunger crisis in Gaza. The group opposes aid delivery, claiming it supports Hamas. International reactions have condemned the attacks, with the US vowing to hold perpetrators accountable. Domestically, there is support for limiting aid to Gaza, despite international outrage. Settler violence in the region has been a long-standing issue, with the Israeli government facing criticism for its handling of the situation and alleged complicity in tipping off Tsav 9 activists about aid convoy locations. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 8 am

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

PM Modi pleased after meeting President Biden at G7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with US President Joe Biden at the G7 Summit in Italy, expressing pleasure in their ongoing collaboration for global progress. The meeting also included discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron, focusing on strengthening strategic partnerships in various sectors such as energy, defense, and culture. Defense cooperation and cultural ties between India and France were highlighted as key areas of focus. This marked PM Modi's fourth meeting with President Macron in a year, with discussions also revolving around promoting innovation and research among youth. Additionally, PM Modi engaged with UK PM Rishi Sunak and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the summit, where India is participating as an outreach country. The summit, held in Italy's Apulia region, is attended by PM Modi at the invitation of Italian PM Giorgia Meloni. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 7 am

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

Mexico's President-Elect's Convoy Crashes, Killing 1

A convoy carrying Mexico's next President, Claudia Sheinbaum, was involved in a crash on Friday in Monclova, Coahuila state, resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries. Sheinbaum's vehicle was not directly involved in the accident, but she stopped to check on the injured individuals who were being treated by emergency teams. The statement from her team expressed regret over the death of one person in the other vehicle. The incident highlights the dangers faced by political figures and the importance of safety measures in motorcades. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 5 am

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

PM Modi meets Italy's Giorgia Meloni at G7 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in bilateral discussions with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during the G7 Summit in Bari, Italy, marking his first foreign trip since securing a third term in office earlier this month. The Indian leader's visit was at the invitation of Prime Minister Meloni, who had visited India twice last year, strengthening the bilateral relationship. PM Modi expressed commitment to enhancing the India-Italy strategic partnership and expanding cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean regions. Italy, currently holding the G7 presidency, has invited leaders from various developing countries to participate in the summit, continuing the tradition of including representatives from different nations and international organizations. Russia's participation in the G7 was suspended in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 12 am

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