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Charlottesville lawmakers vote to remove Confederate statues at center of deadly rally

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Mychael Schnell Charlottesville lawmakers voted unanimously on Monday to remove two of the Confederate statutes that were at the center of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in 2017. The Washington Post reported that the Charlottesville City Council agreed......

Macron slapped in the face during walkabout in southern France

Reuters
A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France, an incident which his prime minister denounced as an affront to democracy. In a video circulating on social media, Macron reached out his hand to greet a man in a small crowd of......

Mongolia votes for new president amid COVID-19 campaign curbs

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People observing social distancing amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic attend a campaign rally of Sodnomzundui Erdene, presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, ahead of the presidential election, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia June 3, 2021. REUTERS/B. Rentsendorj Mongolia goes to the polls on Wednesday to choose its sixth democratically-elected president, with......

Peru election on knife edge as Castillo narrows Fujimori’s lead

Reuters
Peru’s presidential election outcome was on a knife-edge on Monday, with conservative Keiko Fujimori clinging to a slender lead but socialist rival Castillo Pedro steadily catching up in what could prove a photo finish in the polarized race. The tight result could lead to days of uncertainty and tension. The......

Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

Reuters
A supporter of Mali’s M5-RFP opposition coalition, holds a poster of the colonel Assimi Goita during a rally to mark a year since the start of protest marches that contributed to the ouster of former President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita at the Independence Square in Bamako, Mali June 4, 2021. The......

Israel Security Chief Warns Against Incitement of Conflict as Tensions Mount Before Key Vote

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here JERUSALEM — Fears of renewed unrest in Israel heightened over the weekend, leading the country’s internal security director to issue a rare public warning about what he called rising levels of incitement following rightist efforts to derail progress......

Brazil COVID inquiry staffers say Copa soccer cup should be postponed

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A general view of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 2, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares Staff of a Senate commission investigating the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil said on Sunday that the Copa America soccer tournament should not be held in......

Drug trafficker’s death triggers vandalism in Amazon city of Manaus

Reuters
Fourteen buses and two police cars were set on fire and destroyed in the early hours of Sunday in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus in reprisal for the death of a drug trafficker, the state government said. Bus services were suspended until reinforced police patrols could be deployed in......

Manchin says he will vote against Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) attends a news conference at the Marriott Hotel at Waterfront Place June 3, 2021 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Michael Swensen | Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday will vote against the sweeping federal election......

Manchin says he’ll vote against Democratic elections bill, defends stance on filibuster

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Washington — West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who holds the key Democratic vote in the evenly divided Senate, said Sunday he will oppose a sweeping election and campaign finance reform bill and instead encouraged his colleagues to pass voting......

U.S. Senator Manchin says he will oppose voting rights bill pushed by his colleagues

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV., speaks during a visit of U.S. first lady Jill Biden to a vaccination centre at Capital High School in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S., May 13, 2021. Oliver Contreras/Pool via REUTERS West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a crucial swing vote in the U.S. Senate, announced on......

Peruvians vote to elect president, divided by class, geography

Reuters
Peruvians began voting to pick a president on Sunday in an election that has bitterly divided them by class and geography, with urban and higher-income citizens preferring right-wing Keiko Fujimori while the rural poor support leftist political novice Pedro Castillo. Polls in the runoff election began to open at 7......

Mexicans primed to vote in midterm elections seen as referendum on president

Reuters
Mexicans will head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new lower house of Congress, state governors and local lawmakers, in a pivotal race seen as a referendum on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s efforts to shake up the country’s institutions. With all 500 seats in the lower house,......

Analysis: Trump advances dangerous disinformation campaign as more states move to restrict the vote

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here His address to the party faithful was a familiar screed to anyone who tuned in to his 2020 campaign rallies. He attacked President Joe Biden’s foreign policy maneuvers, claimed Biden is destroying the economy, insisted that he deserves more......

Thailand concerned at Myanmar violence

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Thick columns of black smoke are seen from Hkamti, Sagaing, Myanmar May 22, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. News Anassador via REUTERS Thailand is concerned at the violence in many parts of Myanmar and wants to see the implementation of steps agreed by Southeast Asian leaders with......

In rare public outing, Trump denounces Fauci, China; dangles 2024 prospects

Reuters
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday sharply attacked U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China and denounced an investigation into his finances in a speech in North Carolina. Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at the state’s Republican Party convention, Trump......

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