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Putin declares victory in Luhansk

Russian forces gained control of the Luhansk region of the Donbas following the capture of the city of Lysychansk.

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Putin declared victory in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. After the fall of the city of Lysychansk, Russian forces will now likely focus on capturing Donetsk.

Danish police ruled out terrorism as a motive for a mass shooting at a shopping mall. At least three people died and four more were injured when a 22-year-old opened fire in Copenhagen.

More airline workers are going on strike. Almost 1,000 pilots will go on strike across Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Meanwhile, easyJet’s COO resigned amid anger over flight cancellations.

British legislators want to ban Chinese CCTV manufacturers. Hikvision and Dahua are already banned in the US for their alleged ties to human rights abuses.

The US said the Israeli army was “likely responsible” for the death of a Palestinian reporter. However, the ballistic test of the bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh was inconclusive.

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What to watch for

A line graph showing US manufacturing purchasing managers index from July 2021 to June 2022. Purchasing levels have gone down significantly over that time period.

The US Federal Reserve, which has been focused on bringing prices down for the past few months, knows its recent actions could trigger a recession. Its tools, however, only affect the demand side of the economy. The central bank can’t increase the oil supply, build semiconductors, produce more aluminum, or speed up logistics.

What the Fed can do is respond to data in real time, and lower interest rates if it looks like inflation is coming down.

Even though new manufacturing data show supply chain snags persist, the Fed may be hiking too fast, and dampening demand for industries that need to invest in equipment and structures that would build the US economy’s resilience in the long term.

Have a nice flight, Albert

This vacation season, there’s little to suggest that staff strikes, canceled flights, and C-suite resignations are going to be over soon. But there’s a silver lining: airports might be getting a tad easier to navigate thanks to the personalized flight information boards that Delta Airlines is piloting in Detroit Metro Airport.

The company behind the boards, California start-up Misapplied Sciences, has created a new technology called “Parallel Reality” which can display information for up to 100 travelers simultaneously. The boards can project millions of light rays in different directions, and uses digital identification like facial recognition, to match information to passengers.

Parallel Reality is no more vulnerable to data breaches than existing systems, according to a Delta representative. The hope is it can help declutter information passed along to travelers as they negotiate the gates, sandwich shops, and metal detectors of airport life.

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