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October 21, 2019 | Via Reuters

Chile’s Pinera Extends State of Emergency

Chile’s government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on Sunday, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend. “We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits,” Pinera said in a late-night televised statement at army headquarters in Santiago.

October 21, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Australian Papers Go Black to Protest Against Media Restrictions

Australia’s biggest newspapers have run front pages designed to appear heavily redacted as part of a campaign against government secrecy and legislation that puts reporting and press freedom at risk. The protest is designed to put public pressure on the government to exempt journalists from laws restricting access to sensitive information, enact a properly functioning freedom of information system, and raise the benchmark for defamation lawsuits.

October 21, 2019 | Via The Guradian

Kurdish Fighters Leave Syrian Border Town, Giving Turkey Control

Kurdish officials say their fighters have evacuated Ras al-Ayn, giving Turkey and its allies control of one of the border cities that has borne the brunt of fighting since Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from north-eastern Syria. Kino Gabriel, an SDF spokesman, confirmed Ras al-Ayn had been abandoned as part of a five-day, US-brokered ceasefire with Turkey, in place since Thursday.

October 21, 2019 | Via Dutch Wells

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Faces Tight Election Race

Bolivians voted in key elections on Sunday to decide whether to deliver a fourth term to President Evo Morales. Since sweeping to power in 2006 with his Movement to Socialism party, the country’s first indigenous leader has overseen a period of unprecedented political and economic stability. If no candidate gets 40% of the vote with a lead of at least 10 points, the election will go to a second-round runoff on December 15.

October 21, 2019 | Via BBC

Lebanon Protests: Mass Revolt Continues as PM ‘Agrees Reforms’

Lebanon’s coalition government is expected to approve a package of economic reforms as it attempts to quell the biggest protests in years. The proposals reportedly involve scrapping new taxes and halving the salaries of top officials. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to express their anger against corruption and austerity measures. The Lebanese economy is struggling with low growth and high debt.

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