Battles Over Voting Rules Fuel Concern About Postelection Fights

Even as early voting has gotten underway, some pivotal states are still litigating how ballots should be cast and counted, creating uncertainty that is being fanned by President Trump.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #elias-marc-e, #michigan, #north-carolina, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

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N.J. Will Borrow $4.5 Billion as Pandemic Pain Hits States

It is one of the first states to take on debt to plug a budget hole created by the impact of the coronavirus.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coughlin-craig-j-1958, #credit-and-debt, #lance-leonard, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #testa-michael-l

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Israel Tightens Holiday Lockdown, Restricting Prayers and Protests

Israel now has one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus, but the government’s response has gotten mired in political and cultural wars.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #yom-kippur

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Trump Wants You to Think You Can’t Get Rid of Him

His strongman threats are scary. But don’t forget that he’s weak.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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Political Incompetence Can Be as Deadly as Covid-19

Spaniards did their part, staying home and wearing masks. But politicians quarreled among themselves and repeated the mistakes of the first wave of the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #popular-party-spain, #spain

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China’s Pledge to Be Carbon Neutral by 2060: What It Means

Under international pressure to do more to address global warming, Xi Jinping made a surprise commitment to drastically reduce emissions. Now comes the hard part.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #communist-party-of-china, #conservation-of-resources, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands Questioned About Political Interference

The outspoken conservative envoy, Pete Hoekstra, has been criticized for hosting a fund-raiser for a Dutch populist party at the U.S. Embassy.

#netherlands, #peoples-party-for-freedom-and-democracy-netherlands, #pete-hoekstra, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-international-relations

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In the Epicenter of Mexico’s Coronavirus Epicenter, Feeling Like a ‘Trapped Animal’

For the vast majority of people in one teeming neighborhood of Mexico City, risking illness or death has simply become the price of survival.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #income-inequality, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #politics-and-government, #poverty

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As China Ages, a Push to Add Elevators Offers a New Kind of Economic Relief

China’s premier wants to retrofit three million older apartment buildings all over the country, but he still needs political buy-in at the top.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elderly, #elevators-and-escalators, #guangzhou-china, #li-keqiang, #local-government, #politics-and-government

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After Years of Political Gridlock, Oregon’s Fire Disaster Brings ‘New Reality’

Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.

#brown-kate-1960, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #forests-and-forestry, #logging-industry, #oregon, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Belarus Needs New Elections, Says Opposition Leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

My husband was jailed for daring to run against our president. So I ran in his place.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #europe, #european-parliament, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #politics-and-government

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The Green Party’s Biggest Fan? In Some States, It’s the G.O.P.

Republicans have tried boosting Green Party candidates in previous election cycles to siphon votes from Democrats. They are at it again this year — but it hasn’t always worked.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #green-party-of-the-united-states, #nader-ralph, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stein-jill, #third-party-politics-us, #west-kanye

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Vladimir Putin Thinks He Can Get Away With Anything

Why has the poisoning of Alexei Navalny been met with Western silence?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #litvinenko-alexander-v, #medvedev-dmitri-a, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #organization-for-the-prohibition-of-chemical-weapons, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #skripal-sergei-v, #trump-donald-j

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British Give U.S. Evidence Against ISIS ‘Beatles,’ Clearing Way for Trial

The men were half of a cell of Britons who held Westerners hostage in Syria, some of whom were beheaded for propaganda videos.

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U.K. Opposition Leader Says Boris Johnson Is ‘Just Not Up to the Job’

Keir Starmer made his first major address after taking the helm of a Labour Party that suffered a devastating election loss in December.

#corbyn-jeremy-1949, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #politics-and-government, #speeches-and-statements, #starmer-keir

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China Sentences Ren Zhiqiang, Tycoon Who Criticized Xi, to 18 Years in Prison

The Communist Party had accused Ren Zhiqiang of being disloyal. His heavy sentence underscores Xi Jinping’s crackdown on dissent among the elite.

#beijing-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #politics-and-government, #ren-zhiqiang, #xi-jinping

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In Italy Elections, Salvini Coalition Fails to Take Tuscan Prize

A center-right coalition led by Matteo Salvini, once Italy’s most powerful politician, won three key regions but fell short in Tuscany, where victory could have bolstered his comeback bid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #italy, #politics-and-government, #salvini-matteo, #tuscany-italy

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson to Order Pubs and Restaurants to Close Early

As Britain endures a second wave of coronavirus, experts fear much worse is yet to come. But critics argue that restrictions damage the economy and threaten liberties.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #wales

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TikTok Deal with Oracle, Walmart Trips Over U.S.-China Feud

Companies involved in a deal to resolve TikTok’s future publicly clashed over the arrangement, while President Trump threatened to block any deal that left the service in Chinese hands.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #oracle-corporation, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mali Appoints New President After Military Coup

Regional leaders have insisted the West African country return to civilian rule. The new interim president is a retired colonel and former defense minister who served under the ousted president.

#africa, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bamako-mali, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #keita-ibrahim-boubacar, #mali, #politics-and-government, #sahel-africa

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‘White Australia’ Policy Lives On in Immigrant Detention

The government’s abuse of refugees in offshore facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea has its roots in the country’s racist, colonial history.

#asylum-right-of, #australia, #immigration-and-emigration, #indigenous-australians, #manus-island-papua-new-guinea, #nauru, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

#building-construction, #coast-erosion, #disasters-and-emergencies, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #wildfires

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U.S. Prepares to Reimpose U.N. Sanctions on Iran Over Objections of World Powers

The full range of the sanctions are expected to be announced Saturday evening in Washington, but it is unclear how effective they will be.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #general-assembly-un, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Aleksei Navalny, Russian Dissident, Says He Can Walk and Speak Now

The opposition leader jokes that he has recovered enough from being poisoned to scroll Instagram and know where to put the likes.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #berlin-germany, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #russia, #social-media

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Victim in 1963 Alabama Church Bombing Seeks State Restitution

Sarah Collins Rudolph lost her right eye at age 12 when a bomb went off at the 16th Street Baptist Church and killed four Black girls, including her sister.

#16th-street-baptist-church-birmingham-ala, #alabama, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #bombs-and-explosives, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #compensatory-damages, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #ivey-kay, #ku-klux-klan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #rudolph-sarah-collins

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After Trump’s TikTok Ban, China Readies Blacklist of Foreign Companies

Beijing issued rules that could allow it to halt exports, imports and investments by businesses accused of endangering national security.

#blacklisting, #china, #foreign-investments, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations, #wechat-mobile-app

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Peru President, Martín Vizcarra, Survives Impeachment Vote

The effort by opposition lawmakers to remove Mr. Vizcarra failed on Friday, with Congress opting for stability as Peru deals with a devastating pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #impeachment, #kuczynski-pedro-pablo, #peru, #politics-and-government, #vizcarra-martin

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Trump Wants to Cripple TikTok and WeChat. Why?

He says that they are a security threat. If so, it is time to show the world the evidence.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #chinese-americans, #commerce-department, #computers-and-the-internet, #instant-messaging, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #politics-and-government, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #wechat-mobile-app

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‘It’s So Essential’: WeChat Ban Makes U.S.-China Standoff Personal

When downloads of the Chinese-owned messaging service are barred in the U.S. starting at midnight on Sunday, the feud between the countries will hit home for millions of people.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #commerce-department, #instant-messaging, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #tiktok-bytedance, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #wechat-mobile-app

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China Sends Warning to U.S. and Taiwan With Aerial Drill

Beijing sent 18 aircraft into the Taiwan Strait as a senior American diplomat held meetings on the island.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #lee-teng-hui, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Virus Pulls Down Trump, Poll Shows, and G.O.P. Senators Suffer With Him

A New York Times/Siena College survey showed Joe Biden leading President Trump by wide margins in Maine and Arizona, and effectively tied in North Carolina. Susan Collins trailed her Democratic rival in Maine’s Senate race.

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Polls: Coronavirus Pulls Down Trump and GOP Senators Suffer

A New York Times/Siena College survey showed Joe Biden leading President Trump by wide margins in Maine and Arizona, and effectively tied in North Carolina. Susan Collins trailed her Democratic rival in Maine’s Senate race.

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Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World

How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy?

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hundessa-hachalu, #oromia-ethiopia, #politics-and-government, #qanon, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zhang-sophie-data-scientist, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How Culpable Is Trump, and How Dangerous is QAnon?

A debate about the Woodward revelations, and conversation with Charlie Warzel about the conspiracy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #woodward-bob

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Israelis Prepare to Celebrate the Year’s Holiest Days Under Lockdown

As the pandemic in the country worsens, officials warn that new restrictions might not be enough to cut infection rates significantly. Many people question the logic and motives behind the rules.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #rosh-hashana, #shutdowns-institutional, #synagogues

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Chinese Communist Party Seeks Sway Over Private Business

Party leaders have pledged to increase their influence over entrepreneurs even as they promise greater aid, reflecting Xi Jinping’s greatest — and sometimes conflicting — challenges.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #entrepreneurship, #politics-and-government

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Jeanine Añez Drops Out of Bolivia’s Presidential Election

Less than a year after declaring herself president of her turbulent country, Jeanine Añez abandoned her attempt to win official approval from the voters.

#anez-chavez-jeanine, #arce-luis, #bolivia, #elections, #morales-evo, #politics-and-government

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China, Seeking a Friend in Europe, Finds Rising Anger and Frustration

Beijing’s hopes of using Europe as a counterweight to the United States have faltered as country after country confronts China over trade, Hong Kong, human rights and other issues.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #international-trade-and-world-market, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping

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Deal Reached in N.J. for ‘Millionaires Tax’ to Address Fiscal Crisis

Gov. Philip Murphy said the tax would help make up shortfalls caused by the pandemic, but Republicans warned it would lead to an exodus of wealthy residents.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coughlin-craig-j-1958, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #sweeney-stephen-m, #taxation

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Shares Video of Evidence Collection

Aides of the Russian opposition leader collected items from his hotel room in Siberia as soon as he fell ill, according to a video posted on his Instagram account.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #russia

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Why French Politicians Can’t Stop Talking About Crime

Statistics show a steady decline in major crimes. But what has intensified are the challenges to France’s traditional national identity, and the jockeying in the race to be the next president.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #crime-and-criminals, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #france, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #immigration-and-emigration, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #national-rally-france, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

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How the Black Vote Became a Political Monolith

Why do a vast majority of Black Americans, despite our diverse politics, vote the same? Because our rights are always on the ballot.

#black-people, #conservatism-us-politics, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #segregation-and-desegregation, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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NYC Mayor to Furlough 495 Staff Members for a Week, Including Himself

The symbolic move, which would yield $860,000 in anticipated savings, could be a precursor to similar maneuvers to slash the budget.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government

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Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials were accused of being behind the detention of government critics and assaults by state security services.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #maduro-nicolas, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #torture, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #venezuela, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Europe’s Economic Revival Is Imperiled, Raising the Specter of a Grinding Downturn

As the coronavirus regains force, economists fear that Europe’s tentative recovery is at risk from traditional political concerns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-central-bank, #european-union, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #lagarde-christine, #politics-and-government, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic

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W.T.O. Says American Tariffs on China Broke Global Trade Rules

A World Trade Organization panel said Tuesday that the United States violated its rules by imposing tariffs on China in 2018, drawing an angry response from the Trump administration.

#customs-tariff, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #world-trade-organization

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As Second Wave Builds, U.K. Enters New Coronavirus Testing Crisis

Surging demand following the reopening of schools has generated a backlog of 185,000 tests, just as the pace of infections threatens to explode.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #great-britain, #hancock-matt-1978, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #politics-and-government, #tests-medical

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Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Attorney General, on Crash: ‘I Discovered the Body’

Jason Ravnsborg, the attorney general, elaborated on what happened after his car struck something on a dark highway, saying he returned in the morning to find the dead man, Joe Boever, 55, nearby.

#attorneys-general, #boever-joe-1964-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #noem-kristi, #politics-and-government, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Even as Cases Rise, Europe Is Learning to Live With the Coronavirus

Protections like wearing masks, which have proved divisive in the United States, are now widespread on the continent, helping people get on with their lives with calculated risk.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #europe, #france, #masks, #politics-and-government, #tests-medical

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