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Russians in Far East region protest arrest of regional governor

Russians in Far East region protest arrest of regional governor

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July 11 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of people protested in the Far East region of Russia Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Vladimir Putin and demanding the release of a regional governor arrested recently on murder charges. The protests in Khabarovsk, a city bordering China, and numerous other towns were the largest in the area in many years. Advertisement Some demonstrations were comparable in size to those last summer in Moscow, where most street protests opposing Putin's regime have taken place. On Thursday Sergei I. Furgai, the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, a sprawling region that spans the Chinese frontier to the Arctic along the Pacific region, was arrested near his home in Khabarovsk city on suspicion of involvement in multiple murders in the early 2000s. Furgal took...
Mali protests in 2nd day despite president’s call for talks

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president’s call for talks

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Police have fired tear gas in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president’s latest call for dialogueBy BABA AHMED Associated PressJuly 11, 2020, 8:54 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBAMAKO, Mali -- Police fired tear gas Saturday in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's latest call for dialogue. The turnout was far smaller than the thousands who surged through the streets Friday, briefly occupying the state television station and setting fires. At least three people had been killed and more than 70 wounded in the two days of demonstrations, according to a report from the Gabriel Toure Hospital in Bam
China, Russia veto extending aid routes to Syria

China, Russia veto extending aid routes to Syria

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July 10 (UPI) -- China and Russia on Friday vetoed a U.N. Security Council measure to provide cross-border aid to Syria for the next six months. They were the only two countries of the 15-nation council to vote against the aid. Advertisement It was the third time either Russia or China has voted against such a measure this week. The U.N. authorization for cross-border aid transport expires later Friday. The International Rescue Committee called it a "dark day" for Syrian civilians. "Four million people in the northwest rely on cross-border aid to survive; in Idlib, civilians beleaguered by a decade of war live in cramped conditions and are in extremely poor health, putting them at increased risk of the worst effects of" COVID-19, the New York City-based organization said. There are two o...
COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

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HAVANA -- The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises. In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, announced his illness Tuesday and is using it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’s been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19, and now takes himself. Bolivian interim President Jeanine Añez, 53, made her own diagnosis public Thursday, throwing her already troubled political propects into further doubt. And in Venezuela, 57-year-old socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello said Thursday on Twitter that he, too, had tested positive, at least tempor
Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan

Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan

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Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has laid out his rescue plan for the coronavirus-crippled US economy, while berating President Donald Trump as incompetent.Mr Biden said his $ 700bn (£560bn) plan would be the biggest investment in the US economy since World War Two.The "Build Back Better" agenda, he said, would spur a manufacturing and technology jobs boom.The Trump campaign responded that the plan would inflict "catastrophe".Mr Biden is all but guaranteed to face off with Mr Trump in this November's presidential election.Speaking at a metalworks firm near his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Mr Biden said the president's failures had "come with a terrible human cost and a deep economic toll".