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🇪🇹 Will Ethiopia’s elections be free and fair? | The Stream [Video]

Ethiopia electionsEthiopians will next week vote in an election that takes place against a backdrop of civil conflict and warnings of looming famine. Voters will elect members of the federal parliament with the leader of the winning party becoming prime minister. It presents the first electoral test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in 2018 when elected leader of the then ruling party. There is widespread concern about how free and fair the elections will be despite assurances from Abiy. Voting will not take place in the war-wracked Tigray region and it has also been postponed in other constituencies due to defects in ballots, logistical issues and security challenges. In this segment, we’ll preview the election and ask what might happen next. Delta variantCOVID-19’s Delta variant, which was originally discovered in India, is now spreading across the world and on track to become the most dominant strain of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization this week said the variant had been detected in more than 80 countries and it continues to mutate as it spreads. Studies have shown the variant is more transmissible than other strains but studies also suggest vaccinations work well in protecting people against it. In this segment, we ask: in the race between vaccines and the delta variant, who’s winning? Havana SyndromeIn 2016, a US State Department official in Cuba heard a piercing sound that was so loud he felt intense pressure to the face. Pain, nausea, and dizziness followed and the symptoms didn’t go away. More than 130 people have been affected since then, many report lingering health effects and some are unable to work. They face bureaucracy in getting treatment and find their symptoms are often dismissed. Earlier this month, the US Senate voted unanimously to pass legislation that would provide additional resources for officials suffering from what has become known as the “Havana Syndrome”. In this segment, we speak to a retired CIA officer about his experience.Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe#aljazeeraenglish#ajstream#ethiopia#deltavariant#havanasyndrome

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EAST ASIA

Biden seeks EU support on China, but trade battles persist [Video]

#US President Joe #Biden will seek the #EU’s backing on Tuesday to face the rise of #China, but #Brussels wants a swift end to lingering trade rows and a clean break from Donald #Trump. After the European enthusiasm that followed Biden’s election, the president of the European Council Charles Michel, representing the 27 EU leaders, and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will sound out Biden for more detail on his “America is back” pledge.Subscribe to France 24 now:http://f24.my/youtubeENFRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7http://f24.my/YTliveENVisit our website:http://www.france24.comSubscribe to our YouTube channel:http://f24.my/youtubeENLike us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.EnglishFollow us on Twitter:https://twitter.com/France24_en

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EAST ASIA

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus – The Economic Times Video [Video]

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh participated in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) via video conferencing on June 16.The ADMM-Plus is a platform comprising 10-nation ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and its eight dialogue partners -India, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States – to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability and development in the region. The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi in 2010 (ANI)

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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Joe Biden Goes To Europe and Kamala Harris Returns from Central America: Jeff Gedmin Joins The Panel to Examine the Emerging Worldview of the Biden Administration | Video [Video]

On Thursday, President Joe Biden arrived in the UK for his first overseas presidential trip: a three-day G-7 summit followed by a NATO meeting next week, which will include his first face-to-face meeting as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile Vice President Kamala Harris is back in the US after her own first foreign trip. She visited Guatemala and Mexico to talk about what the administration calls the root causes of the crisis on the US southern border, and she returned to a wave of criticism from both the left and right. What does the Administrations debut on the global stage tell us about Bidens worldview and emerging foreign policy agenda? Tom Bevan, president and co-founder of RealClearPolitics, Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief, and Jeff Gedmin, co-founder and editor-in-chief of American Purpose join Andrew Walworth on todays RealClearPolitics Takeaway podcast.

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SOUTH ASIA

Donald Trump’s DOJ spied on Democrats in Russia leaks probe: Associated Press reports – The Economic Times Video [Video]

The Justice Department asked for an internal investigation Friday after revelations that former President Donald Trumps administration seized phone data from at least two House Democrats in 2018 as part of an aggressive leaks probe. (AP)