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lv7 (Argentina), EL PERUANO (Peru)

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LIMA - Ongoing protests this week against the construction of a US-backed gold mine in the northern Peruvian province of Cajamarca have left at least four dead. According to the lv7 website, the local population has rallied in protest to oppose the project called Conga, directed by the American mining firm Newmont.

In their latest press release, Amnesty International expressed its concern about the situation in Peru: "The worrying intensification of social conflicts over natural resources in Peru is paving the way for a series of grave human rights violations."

The daily El Peruano reported that two policemen were injured during the violent clashes at the beginning of this week. Local authorities declared a state of emergency in Cajamarca and two neighboring provinces on Tuesday.

The mining project was launched on July 2, and it will replace four natural lakes by two artificial reservoirs. Protests had already been organized against Conga in December, when it was suspended by the Peruvian authorities. A team of European consultants approved the project afterwards.

Protests supporting those from Cajamarca were organised in Lima, on Wed. July 4th.

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Olaf Scholz: Trying To Crack The Code Of Germany's Enigmatic Chancellor

Olaf Scholz took over for Angela Merkel a year ago, but for many he remains a mysterious figure through a series of tumultuous events, including his wavering on the war in Ukraine.

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Olaf Scholz boading an Air Force Special Air Mission Wing plane, on his way to the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Tirana.

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BERLIN — When I told my wife that I was planning to write an article about “a year of Scholz,” she said, “Who’s that?” To be fair, she misheard me, and over the last 12 months the German Chancellor has mainly been referred to by his first name, Olaf.

Still, it’s a reasonable question. Who is Olaf Scholz, really? Or perhaps we should ask: how many versions of Olaf Scholz are there? A year after taking over from Angela Merkel, we still don’t know.

Chancellors from Germany’s Social Democrat Party (SPD) have always been easy to characterize. First there was Willy Brandt – he suffered from depression and had an intriguing private life. His affected public speaking style is still the gold standard for anyone who wants to get ahead in the center-left party. Then came Helmut Schmidt. He lived off his reputation for handling any crisis, smoked like a chimney and eventually won over the public.

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