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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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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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