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Ethiopia votes in delayed national election – (Al Jazeera English)
Polls open against a backdrop of war and famine in the northern Tigray region and questions over the vote’s credibility.

Africa Live: Latest updates as Ethiopians vote – (BBC News)
The poll is overshadowed by conflict, ethnic tension and hunger in the north - and more stories.

US-China rivalry is extending from Earth into space. That poses a challenge to American dominance – (CNN)
Editor's note: CNN has today launched the Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here.

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine rollout.

Stacey Abrams says she is open to Joe Manchin's voting rights legislation - CNN Video – (CNN)
Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams signals she would support Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) proposed changes to the voting rights bill.

Smerconish: Can Manchin's voting rights compromise sway GOP? - CNN Video – (CNN)
While moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin waves the flag of bipartisanship on voting rights, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell again seems intent on acting like a blockade.

Ethiopia elections 2021: Abiy Ahmed faces first vote amid conflict – (BBC News)
Abiy Ahmed is hoping to secure a popular mandate, but polls are not being held in war-torn Tigray.

Laurel Hubbard: First transgender athlete to compete at Olympics – (BBC News)
NZ weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is headed for Tokyo but critics say she has an unfair advantage.

Armenia: Nikol Pashinyan claims victory in snap polls – (Al Jazeera English)
Acting PM claims victory in polls he called in an effort to defuse a political crisis following war with Azerbaijan.

Apple Daily: HK pro-democracy paper could 'shut within days', says adviser – (BBC News)
It comes after 500 officers raided the paper and froze HK$18m worth of assets linked to the company.

Paying fortifies ransomware gangs but scant support for bans – (Associated Press)
BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don't expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends.

Biden and Congress face a summer grind to create legislation – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Until recently, the act of governing seemed to happen at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is settling in for what appears will be a long, summer slog of legislating.

Analysis: The real reason Republicans are blocking voting rights legislation – (CNN)
Republicans justify their plan to block sweeping voting rights legislation in the Senate this week by arguing that it's a huge federal power grab. But their past words and actions suggest they are again prioritizing their own political advantage over defendin…

Data shows benefits of strong family structure – (Fox News)
Institute for Family Studies' Brad Wilcox and author Rob Smith discuss solutions for strengthening the American family structure

Ethiopia votes in greatest electoral test yet for Abiy – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia was voting Monday in the greatest electoral test yet for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as war and logistical issues meant ballots wouldn't be cast in more than 100 constituencies of the 547 across the country.

Steve Hilton: Biden in the process or 'ripping out' soul of America – (Fox News)
'The Next Revolution' host says the president is betraying his centrist pledge with a radical agenda

Covid vaccine: We need answers on autumn booster plan, say health leaders – (BBC News)
The government has already promised a Covid booster rollout but it is yet to set out how it will work.

Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan claims victory – (BBC News)
The snap election was called in the wake of the country's defeat in a conflict with Azerbaijan.

Fort Lauderdale mayor faces backlash for calling Pride crash a 'terrorist incident' with few facts available – (Fox News)
Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis is facing backlash for calling a deadly crash at a Pride parade in the Florida city a "terrorist attack against the LGBT community" before all the facts emerged.

Steve Scalise accuses Pelosi of ‘Soviet-style cover-up’ of COVID-19 origins – (Fox News)
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., had some fiery words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition, accusing her of thwarting efforts to investigate the truth origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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