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Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

Protesters in Warsaw have numbered in the tens of thousands most nights during the week of demonstrations, with smaller but still sizable gatherings in dozens of other cities. More are planned for this weekend. Lech Walesa, former head of the Solidarity trade union that led the independence fight, spoke to a gathering in his hometown, Gdansk. “You must regain the separation of powers,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner told them. One of the proposed laws awaiting the signature of Mr. Duda, who is expected to sign them, would force all…

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For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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The Battle for Venezuela, Through a Lens, Helmet and Gas Mask

Others have fashioned armor from carpet scraps to thwart rubber bullets and buckshot, lethal at close range. More than 30 protesters have died this way, according to a tally by local journalists. “Don’t knock it,” one protester said with a grin when asked about his carpet vest. “It has already saved me several times.” Photo Protesters have made vests out of carpet as protection from rubber bullets and buckshot. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times Many carry homemade shields of wood and old oil drums. Some are adorned…

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St. Louis police pepper spray protesters outside jail

Riot police at a protest outside St. Louis Workhouse. KMOV St. Louis police in riot gear used pepper spray to disperse protests Friday outside a jail that has drawn intense criticism for not having air-conditioning while the city has faced a heat wave.  About 200 people demonstrated for the closure of the St. Louis Workhouse, a medium-security jail, CBS affiliate KMOV reports. The jail, mainly built in the 1960s, has no air conditioning while temperatures have hit triple digits. In a video posted on Facebook earlier this week, inmates can…

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Protests erupt at Minneapolis press conference announcing police chief resignation

In a raucous press conference on Friday evening Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges announced the resignation of Minneapolis police chief Jane Harteau. The resignation came in the wake of the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a police officer on July 15. “We need new leadership at MPD,” Hodges said. “I asked Chief Harteau for her resignation, she tendered it and I accepted it.” The presser quickly turned into a back and forth debate with a protester who was in attendance.  “We do not want you as the Mayor,” a man…

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Trump’s Virginia Golf Outings Leave Paddlers High, Dry and Angry

“There is no way you can aim a gun from a little bitty, wiggly boat. It won’t work,” fumed Susan Sherrod, chair of the Canoe Cruisers Association, a local group that is protesting mightily. “You can’t pack a big bomb in it. It’s too small.” The Trump Organization’s attraction to the area is understandable. Just outside the capital, past the mammoth shopping centers and across from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, great blue herons and snowy egrets loll along the leafy banks. Paddleboards, wooden canoes, and kayaks cluster above where…

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Spicer says Trump didn’t want him to quit, but ‘too many cooks’ at White House

Outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that President Trump did not want him to resign but Spicer felt there were “too many cooks in the kitchen” promoting the president’s message. “I just thought it was in the best interest of our communications department, of our press organization, to not have too many cooks in the kitchen,” Spicer told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview hours after he resigned from the White House on Friday. Spicer quit in apparent protest after Trump tapped Anthony Scaramucci as White…

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