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Story Headline: The internationally celebrated labor day holiday continues in several countries despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as thousands take to the streets for workers rights

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Thousands Around the World Protest for May Day

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  • This Saturday marks the annually celebrated International Labor Day holiday, as thousands take to the streets to protest economic disruptions affecting workers. 
  • Although occurring every May 1st, the coronavirus pandemic affecting many countries around the world has resulted in increased attention exhibited by law enforcement and greater restrictions to prevent potential gatherings. 
  • Some countries such as Turkey and the Philippines have tightened lockdown measures against the protests, as Turkey has already arrested over 200 people who have gone against mandates. 
  • In France, some protestors have already clashed with police. The city of Lyon reported almost 30 injuries on police officers by rioters, with thrown roadblocks, smashed windows, and setting trash cans on fire, which local police responded to with tear gas. 
  • Germany expects violent outbreaks as well with over 5,000 officers in Berlin monitoring the expected 10,000 to march in solidarity with the German Trade Union Confederation. 
  • In Indonesia, around 200 cities protested a new job law which critics state will “reduce severance pay, lessen restrictions for foreign workers and increase outsourcing as the nation seeks to attract more investment.”
  • Parts of Brazil have also taken part, despite it’s large coronavirus toll coming to over 400,000, as President Jair Bolsonaro holds strong to his anti-lockdown beliefs. 
  • Other countries such as Russia and Italy saw a large decrease in attendees, following through with restrictions and instead gathering only a few to go through with May Day festivities. 

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https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/day-protesters-demand-job-protections-amid-pandemic-77437037

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-police-on-alert-for-may-day-violence/a-57395625

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-may-day

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Chilean Unions Demand Emergency Assistance as Pandemic Continues to Wreck Economy

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  • Unions in Chile marched to Moneda Presidential Palace in order to deliver a letter to President Sebastián Piñera demanding “a health emergency payment of 500,000 pesos (the US $700) for all the unemployed; a minimum wage that is above the poverty line, and the freezing of food prices”.
  • The march was attended by more than 35,000 workers including teachers, state television, and CODELCO, Chile’s most important mining company.
  • Those partaking in the march wore face masks and held permits allowing them to circulate under lockdown, however many were still taken into custody by police.
  • Eventually Barbara Figueroa, leader of the United Confederation of Workers (CIUT), was allowed into the Presidential Palace, however she entered alone to deliver the letter rather than with her union members as she would have preferred. 
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India Loses Patients and Healthcare Workers in Hospital ICU Fire

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  • 16 Covid patients and at least 2 hospital workers were killed by a fire in an ICU ward in Gujarat, India.
  • The fire occurred in the COVID-19 ward of a Welfare Hospital in Bharuch, a town in the Indian state of Gujarat. The fire is believed to have been caused by a short circuit.
  • The fire is the latest blow to India’s healthcare system which has been devastated by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • India set another daily global record for the pandemic on Saturday with 401,993 new Covid cases, bringing their cumulative total to more than 19.1 million. Death tolls in India tally at 211,853.
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Somalia Votes to Hold Elections, Reversing President’s Term Extension

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  • Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted to reverse the decision allowing President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed a two-year extended term, instead voting to have indirect elections.
  • President Mohamed called for the elections to be held, asking the house of parliament to reverse their earlier extension of his term in hopes of pacifying the country.
  • Elections were supposed to be held in February, but after the extension of President Mohamed’s term, violent protests broke out, threatening to send the Horn of Africa nation back into instability.

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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Agree to Withdraw Troops at Border

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  • The national security heads of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan announced that they will be withdrawing troops from their border, a move that comes after dozens have died due to violence.
  • Conflict at the border started over disagreements about a water facility, with both countries claiming ownership. Troops and weapons became part of the conflict, leading to many deaths and evacuations.
  • Both countries were priorly in the Soviet Union – which is when many of their disputes started – and strategic allies of Russia. Russia’s Foreign Minister spoke with officials from both countries, voicing great support of the ceasefire agreement.

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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