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Mexicans protest electoral reforms in throngs, say democracy is in jeopardy
Huge crowds gathered in Mexico on Sunday to denounce the government’s move to curtail voting rights as a threat to democracy, in what appeared to be an attack so far against President Andres Manuel López Obrador ( Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s largest protest. Organizers said more than 500,000 people attended in Mexico City, and video clips on social media showed the central Zocalo square packed with protesters who also poured into neighboring streets. A police officer nearby said he had heard the figure of half a million, while others gave lower estimates.
U.S. says any deadly Chinese aid to Russia will come at ‘real cost’
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that China had not acted to provide lethal assistance that would have facilitated Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a move the United States has privately made clear would have serious consequences. “Beijing will have to decide for itself how to proceed, whether to provide military assistance — but there will be real costs to China if it goes down that path,” Sullivan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Factbox – Migrant arrivals in Italy on the rise, despite high danger
A boat wreck in southern Italy has killed dozens of migrants and has drawn attention to the perilous journey of thousands across the Mediterranean to Italy. The vast majority set sail from North Africa, but some also sailed from Turkey. Successive Italian governments have tried to curb the numbers. Here are some facts about the situation.
Syria’s Assad meets top Arab lawmakers in Damascus
A delegation of top Arab lawmakers met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, in another sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries after more than a decade of isolation caused by the conflict in Syria. Speakers of the Houses of Representatives of Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Libya, Egypt and the UAE, as well as representatives of Oman and Lebanon, traveled to Syria as part of a delegation from the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Elon Musk accuses media of racism after newspapers run ‘Dilbert’ cartoon
Billionaire Elon Musk accused the media of racism against whites and Asians on Sunday after U.S. newspapers dropped a white comic strip writer who made derogatory comments about black Americans. Newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and USA Today canceled the cartoon “Dilbert” after its creator, Scott Adams, called black Americans a hate group and announced on Wednesday made racist remarks on his YouTube channel.
Nigerian Election Commission begins publishing statewide election results
Nigeria’s electoral commission began announcing state-by-state results for a national election on Sunday, and is not expected to name a winner in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari for days despite complaints of irregularities. The presidential vote is expected to be the closest in Nigeria’s history, with candidates from the two parties that have alternated in power since the end of military rule in 1999 facing an unusually strong challenge from smaller party candidates popular among younger voters.
Israelis, Palestinians pledge to curb violence at Jordan meeting
Israeli and Palestinian officials pledged to de-escalate the surge in violence after meeting on Sunday and issued a joint statement in which Israel said it would stop discussing building new settlements in the occupied West Bank for four months. In addition to the Israeli and Palestinian delegations, senior officials from the United States, Jordan and Egypt also attended the meeting in Aqaba, Jordan, the first meeting of its kind in years.
Egypt’s foreign minister to visit Syria, Turkey on Monday
Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry will travel to Damascus on Monday, the first visit by an Egyptian foreign minister since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, according to a statement from Egypt’s foreign ministry. Shoukry will visit Turkey and Syria — both of which were devastated by a deadly earthquake on Feb. 6 — to “deliver Egypt’s message of solidarity with both countries,” according to a foreign ministry statement.
Zelensky fires a top Ukrainian military commander, gives no reason
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday fired a top military commander who helped lead the fight against Russian forces in the country’s embattled east, without giving a reason for the move. In a separate decree, Zelensky announced the removal of Eduard Moskalev as commander of the Ukrainian coalition forces, which are fighting in the Donbas region.
Italian migrant shipwreck kills at least 59, including 12 children
At least 59 people, including 12 children, were killed when a wooden sailboat carrying migrants bound for Europe crashed into rocks off the coast of southern Italy in the early hours of Sunday, authorities said. The boat, which was carrying people from Afghanistan, Iran and several other countries, sank before dawn in rough seas near the seaside resort of Steccato di Cutro on Calabria’s east coast.
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