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July 24-30

Annika Lilja and Anaka Malalgoda Weerakoon

Jul 31, 2023

Trump Superseding Indictment, Explosion in Pakistan, and Coup in Niger

Top Story from the US: The Trump Superseding Indictment

On Thursday, Former President Donald Trump’s legal troubles expanded as a superseding indictment was filed against him. In it, federal prosecutors added additional charges to the indictment looking into Trump’s handling of classified documents after he left office. This means that the initial indictment filed against Mr. Trump has been revised to include three additional charges, and signals that more evidence has been obtained. The new evidence that is being presented suggests that Mr. Trump wanted his property manager at Mar-a-Lago to destroy security camera footage. The property manager in question is Carlos De Olivera, who is a new defendant in this case and is scheduled to be arraigned in Miami on Monday. The former president now has 40 federal charges being brought against him.

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Top Story from Asia: Explosion at Political Rally in Pakistan

On Sunday, there was an explosion in Pakistan at a political rally being held by an Islamist Party that left at least 43 people dead, and even more wounded. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is a major religious political party and makes up part of the government coalition in Pakistan’s parliament. No one has yet taken responsibility for the attack, however, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, has labeled those at fault as “terrorists.” Officials are saying they suspect the attack was brought about by an Islamist State affiliate (known as the Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K) that has previously targeted members of JUI-F. 

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Top Story from Africa: Niger Coup and the International Response

Last Week, members of the Niger Junta (the military/political group that rules a country after taking power by force) completed a successful coup, deposing the elected government body and holding President Mohamed Basoum captive. However, leaders of many organizations are withdrawing support from Niger in protest of this undemocratic turn of events; the UK, US, and EU among others have halted aid projects and monetary funding, and expressed their concerns, with the US stating their security cooperation in Niger is now in ‘jeopardy’. West African leaders similarly are showing their discomfort, with the ECOWAS threatening military action and other consequences for Niger, stopping alliances and trade. This is the first time military involvement has been suggested since 2017, however, the Junta seems unwilling to back down, despite the one-week ultimatum given by ECOWAS to restore order.

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