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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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‘Putin is obsessed with the idea of legitimacy,’ opposition activist says of ‘sham’ referendum

"Vladimir Putin from this day de jure, belongs to the same league of rogue authoritarian regimes as ... [Hugo] Chavez in Venezuela, [Blaise] Compaoré in Burkina Faso, [Islam] Karimov in Uzbekistan and many, many others," opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza told The World. "And this should be said publicly and clearly from the highest rostrum in the Western world."

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New reports on surveillance, 'demographic genocide' of Uighurs; Israel hesitates on annexation; Russian election comes to close

New reports on China's policies toward Uighurs show draconian efforts to cut birthrates and surveil the largely Turkic-speaking and Muslim population. Israel hesitates with moving forward on annexing part of the West Bank. In Russia, a week-long vote comes to a close. A Eurovision spoof film is inspiring covers from real musicians.

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Mattis, Obama speak out; The anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown; Arctic oil spill

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broke his silence Wednesday, denouncing President Donald Trump’s call for a military response to the civil unrest. And, Thursday marks the 31st anniversary of China's bloody Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown. Also, in another echo of 1989, a huge fuel leak into a river within the Arctic Circle has lead Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for a state of emergency.

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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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Balancing restrictions and lifting lockdowns; Pandemic tests global leaders; Immigrants and DACA recipients are on the front lines of coronavirus

Europe is looking for balance between reopening countries and keeping new infections of the coronavirus under control. In the US, the president melts down as reporters question his leadership. And, immigrant farmworkers and DACA health care providers are essential in the fight against COVID-19 in the US. But they are at risk. Also, astronaut Cady Coleman has suggestions on surviving self-isolation. But if space tips aren't your jam, there's also the Finnish tradition of getting päntsdrunk.

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Russia's new president

Russia got a new president today: Dmitry Medvedev took over from Vladimir Putin but no one thinks that Putin is going to fade away into obscurity, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Global Politics

Bush and his political friends

President Bush built up close, personal relationships with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, but have those relationships paid off? The World's Jason Margolis has more.

Global Politics

Putin takes a dive

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has dived in a tiny submarine to the bottom of the world's deepest lake � Lake Baikal in Siberia. Anchor Marco Werman has details.

Conflict & Justice

Putin's 10th anniversary in power

Vladimir Putin is celebrating an anniversary today. The Russian prime minister has been at the top, or near the top, of the power pyramid in Russia for a decade. Jessica Golloher reports on Mr. Putin's successes and failures.

Conflict & Justice

Yuri Shevchuk and Vladimir Putin

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Russian journalist Seva Novgorodsev about a heated public exchange between a well-known Russian rock star and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The topic was freedom of speech in Russia.

Global Politics

Who is boss in Russia?

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seen as a sportsman, a hunter, an athlete, a �manly man.' But what about Russian President Dmitry Medvedev? Jessica Golloher reports from Moscow on the very different public images of Russia's leaders.

Conflict & Justice

Smoking ban for Russia

Russia is set to implement a smoking ban. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is all for it, but many Russians don't think the ban will fly. Reporter Jessica Golloher has the story.