Morning news brief: Al Qaeda chief killed by US, China on guard ahead of Pelosi's visit to Taiwan and more

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: Aug 02, 2022, 10:42 AM IST

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Good morning! Start your day with WION's daily morning news brief. 

From the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that has triggered a global food crisis, there is a lot happening across the world. Separately, the Capitol hill rioter who threatened Nany Pelosi has been sentenced seven years in jail. 

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In the biggest blow to Al-Qaeda since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, the United States killed the group's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a strike in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden revealed on Monday. Zawahiri helped execute the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has been devastating for the global economy with severe impacts on food security as well as the supply chain. With Ukraine amounting for a huge amount of food grain exports in the world, the crisis has resulted in a temporary stoppage of supply, and this has resulted in major food shortages.

A number of Chinese warplanes were spotted flying dangerously close to the median line which divides the Taiwan Strait just ahead of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit on Tuesday. Along with the warplanes, China has also positioned a number of warships near the region, according to Reuters.

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