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"GO VOTE (and send us a pic from the voting booth)," reads the front page of the Dutch daily Metroinviting young voters to go to the polls as the country elects a new parliament Wednesday.

As the colorful front page shows, Dutch voters will be using red pencils to tick boxes on old-fashioned paper ballots, a security measure the New York Times calls "a stark response to warnings that outside actors, including Russia, might try to tamper with pivotal elections."

Current PM Mark Rutte's center-right party and Geert Wilders's far-right Party for Freedom lead the race in this general election, the first of three key votes in the eurozone this year. Upcoming contests in France and Germany are also taking shape against a backdrop of rising populism.

In the Netherlands, today's parliamentary elections come amid heightened diplomatic tensions with Turkey. The impasse follows a move by Turkish government officials to campaign in several Dutch cities (to Turkish expatriate voters) for a referendum in Turkey next month that could give more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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