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Weekly Wrap-up April 15-21

Written by India Trivikraman

Edited by Annika Lilja

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Historical events from that week:

112 years ago, 15th April 1912: The British luxury passenger ‘Titanic’ en route to New York City from Southampton, Hampshire, England, struck an iceberg during its maiden voyage; some 1,500 people died.

1022 years ago, 20th April 1902: Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive compound radium chloride

Top Story from Europe: US Sent to Ukraine

  • On Saturday 21st April, a 61 billion dollar aid package for Ukraine was approved by the US House of Representatives after months of delay.

  • The bill consists of 23 billion dollars to be used to replenish US military stockpiles, 14 billion dollars for the Ukrainian Security Assistance initiative, more than 11 billion dollars to fund current US military operations in the region, and around 8 billion dollars in non-military assistance. 

  • The bill was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, April 23, and President Biden signed the bill into law on, April 24.

  • The US had only committed 300 million dollars of military aid to Ukraine this year before the passage of this bill, thus the aid package will serve as a significant reinforcement of US support of Ukraine over Russia.

Top Story from Asia: Suspected Israeli Missile Attack on Iran, Iraq, and Syria

Please note that this was last updated on April 21, 2024

  • On Friday, April 19, Iran deployed its air defense systems in multiple provinces and shot down 3 small drones over the central city of Isfahan, and explosions were also reported in Iraq and Syria. This attack comes less than a week after Iran launched more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel in response to a suspected Israeli attack on the Iranian embassy in Syria.

  • According to a CNN report, the US was given advanced notification of an ‘intended Israeli strike’ but didn't reply or endorse.

  • Isfahan hosts the country's uranium conversion facility and the Natanz uranium enrichment site. The day before the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said in a press conference that in the event of Israel attacking Iranian nuclear sites, they would respond in kind.

  • Reports on this strike came hours after Iran’s Foreign Minister Hosseln Amir-Abdollahlan told CNN that Iran’s response would be ‘immediate and at a maximum level’ if Israel takes more military action against them.


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