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Turkish-backed Syrian rebels killed in Russian airstrike; Polish pro-choice protests continue; China plans next 5 years

Russian airstrikes killed dozens of Turkish-backed rebel soldiers in northwestern Syria, the deadliest surge of violence since a truce was reached seven months ago. A group of Polish women disrupted a Catholic church service to protest Poland’s new near-total abortion ban. And, Chinese leaders are meeting this week to formulate a five-year plan for economic and social priorities through 2025.

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Belarusians call Lukashenko's bluff, go on strike; France recalls ambassador from Turkey; Chileans vote for new constitution

Workers and students again took to the streets in Belarus on Monday in a nationwide strike demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko. And, France and Turkey spent the weekend trading trading barbs, resulting in the French Foreign Ministry recalling its ambassador to Turkey on Sunday. Also, voters in Chile gave a resounding endorsement on Sunday to a plan to tear up the country's Pinochet-era constitution

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Final presidential debate spotlights foreign policy; Pompeo to meet Armenian, Azeri officials; Nigerian president angers protesters

Thursday night’s presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn., focused extensively on foreign policy topics, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet Friday with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged demonstrators who have taken to the streets against police brutality to end their protests.

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Iran, Russia accused of 2020 US presidential election meddling; Hariri asked to form a government again; Poland court ruling on abortion law

US officials accused Iran on Wednesday of sending out fake but menacing emails to voters in swing states in an effort to influence public opinion just before the presidential election. And, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been asked to form a government again. Also, Poland’s high court ruled that a 1993 law permitting pregnancy terminations for fetal defects was unconstitutional.

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545 migrant children still separated from families; Nigerian protesters break curfew; Nagorno-Karabakh beset by coronavirus

Immigration lawyers representing families that were separated upon entering the US at the southern border say 545 children remain completely cut off from their parents, protesters in Nigeria’s biggest city appeared to break an around-the-clock curfew amid widespread chaos, and with fresh clashes continuing in Nagorno-Karabakh, the coronavirus is spreading unchecked.

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Six Russian intelligence hackers indicted; US will remove Sudan from terror list; UK scientists to start human challenge trials

The US Justice Department unsealed charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers for wide-ranging cyberattacks, President Donald Trump announced Monday that the State Department will remove Sudan from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, and scientists in the UK have announced plans to start the world’s first human challenge trials for COVID-19.

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Brutal killing sends France into mourning, outrage; Bolivia's socialist movement to return to power; Arms embargo on Iran expires

Police raided the homes of dozens of suspected Islamist extremists on Monday in France following the brutal murder of a history teacher near Paris. And, In a remarkable turn of events, former leader Evo Morales’ handpicked successor, Luis Arce, appears set to return the socialist movement back to power. Also, on Sunday the UN arms embargo on Iran barring the country from purchasing foreign weapons expired under its nuclear deal with world powers.

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British PM faces tough EU trade negotiations; New Zealand voters head to the polls; Mexican official arrested at LAX

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK should prepare for Brexit to take place in 10 weeks, even in the absence of a trade deal with the European Union. Voters in New Zealand head to the polls Saturday to decide whether Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern should serve a second term. And, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, the former Mexican defense minister, was arrested Thursday by US authorities — acting on the orders of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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French coronavirus curfew to start Saturday; Kyrgyzstan's president resigns; Long-awaited prisoner swap in Yemen

France has become the latest European nation to announce stricter measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Also, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has tendered his resignation in the face of calls by political opponents for him to step down after a disputed election. And, a long-awaited prisoner swap between the warring parties in Yemen has begun.

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China, Russia, Cuba elected to UN Human Rights Council; Eli Lilly COVID-19 study paused; Lebanon-Israel maritime talks begin

Notable violators were among the countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council, as Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to earn a three-year term starting Jan. 1. Independent monitors have paused new enrollment in an Eli Lilly study testing an experimental, antibody cocktail. Also, Lebanon and Israel have begun indirect talks mediated by the US over their disputed maritime border.

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