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Biden narrowly seizes electoral edge; US daily new COVID-19 cases hits record; Myanmar voters set for election

Joe Biden, the former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate, has narrowly eclipsed Republican President Donald Trump in vote counting for the closely contested states of Georgia and Pennsylvania. The number of daily new COVID-19 infections in the US hit a record high of more than 120,000 positive tests. And, voters in Myanmar prepared to cast their ballots Sunday.

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Putin scores victory in 'gameshow'-like vote; Myanmar mine collapse; Ethiopian singer's death sparks protests; Botswana's mysterious elephant die-off

Vladimir Putin scored an apparent victory in a week-long constitutional referendum that had the trappings of a gameshow. A large landslide struck the Hpakant jade mining site in Myanmar. The killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, an Ethiopian singer and activist, has sparked days of protest. A mysterious die-off of elephants in Botswana has stumped scientists. And, Amsterdam's red-light district is reopening after the coronavirus shutdown.

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Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.

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Trump suggests inviting Russia to the G-7; A global spotlight on US amid ongoing protests

US President Donald Trump held a phone call with President Vladimir Putin Monday and discussed his idea that Russia should be invited to attend the next G-7 summit. And, Trump is expected to visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. The plans mark the second religion-theme appearance for Trump as the world watches protests across the US over the death of George Floyd. Also, the US and Saudi Arabia are holding a virtual pledging conference to raise money for aid operations in war-torn Yemen, which risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.

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