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Foreign observers see rancorous US debate; Kuwait swears in new emir; UK, Canada impose sanctions on Lukashenko

Around the globe, observers of US politics noted after last night’s chaotic presidential debate that Americans are enmeshed in a painful and personal contest, Kuwait's new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, was sworn in Wednesday by parliament, and the UK and Canada imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and seven other government officials.

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Global banks allowed dubious money transfers; Belarus opposition presses EU; China releases air attack video

Global banks are back in the spotlight for their role in facilitating corruption, fraud and money laundering. The primary opposition leader from Belarus pressed the European Union to enact sanctions on officials in Minsk. And a simulated attack video released on Weibo by the Chinese air force appeared to show nuclear-capable, long-range H-6 bombers launching a missile at a US base.

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Charlie Hebdo trial begins; Notorious Cambodia killer dies; COVID-19 antibody study offers some hope

The Charlie Hebdo terror trial began in Paris on Wednesday, five years after the massacre was carried out. Kaing Guek Eav, a former teacher known as “Duch” who became the most infamous killer in the Khmer Rouge era, has died at the age of 77 of lung disease in a Phnom Penh hospital. And a new study published on Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that COVID-19 antibodies last at least four months after initial infection.

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