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July 13, 2020 | Via CNN

Duda Declares Victory in Poland’s Presidential Race

Poland’s incumbent President Andrzej Duda declared victory in the country’s presidential election Sunday, but his opponent refused to accept defeat, saying exit polls show the election is still too close to call. Duda’s victory — if confirmed by final results — would be seen by the nationalist ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party as a validation of the populist policies it has pursued since coming to power in 2015.

July 13, 2020 | Via Sky News

18 Sailors Injured in Explosion on US Military Ship

Eighteen sailors have been injured after an explosion caused a fire on a military ship in San Diego, the fire department said. The sailors were taken from the USS Bonhomme Richard to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” on Sunday morning. San Diego Fire Department added that they were being treated “for a variety of injuries” and the cause of the fire is under investigation

July 13, 2020 | Via Al Jazeera

South Africa Again Bans Alcohol as Coronavirus Surges

South Africa will immediately re-enforce a ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Confronted by surging hospitalizations because of the coronavirus outbreak, South Africa also reinstated a nighttime curfew to reduce traffic accidents and made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks when in public.

July 13, 2020 | Via NBC News

Yemeni Houthis Say they Hit Saudi Oil Facility in Drone

Yemeni Houthi forces hit a large oil facility in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Jizan in drone and missile attacks overnight, a Houthi military spokesman said on Monday. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis said earlier it had intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six explosive drones fired by the Houthis over the border towards Saudi Arabia.

July 13, 2020 | Via The Guardian

China Announces Retaliatory Sanctions Against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

The Chinese government has announced sanctions against US officials, including the Republican senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in response to US sanctions over Beijing’s treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province. The announcement is largely symbolic, given that the US officials have little financial or legal exposure in China. On Friday, the US imposed sanctions against a Chinese government entity and four senior Chinese officials.

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