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Mexican Election Aftermath: Protests Spread As Partial Recount Begins



MEXICO CITY - Though victory congratulations for his rival continue to arrive from world leaders, Mexico's leftist challenger for President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is conceding nothing as evidence of voter fraud in last weekend's election has led to a parital recount of the ballots.

Protesters in the capital camped out overnight in front of the federal elections commission (IFE) headquarters ahead of planned further demonstrations Thursday, Mexican daily El Diario reported.

Protests have also spread abroad. In London, people gathered at the Mexican Embassy, shouting: "Mexicans living abroad and in Mexico, we will not give up and we will hold on," as seen in a video posted on the Facebook page of the activist group Yo Soy 132.

The Associated Press has reported that thousands of people received pre-paid gift cards from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, for supporting Enrique Pena Nieto's election. A few of these people were disappointed with the amount they found on their cards, which was less than what they had been promised.

According to Mexican website Sinembargo, Lopez Obrador's left wing coalition has nationwide protests if the recount is not considered sufficient: "Left wing hardens and threatens: either there will be recounting of each vote in every voting section, or there will be social movements."

Mexico's federal elections commission agreed to do so, although at first they decided for a partial recounting of votes, as the daily El Universal explains it.

However, protests against the election of Enrique Pena Nieto continue in Mexico. The protesters, led by a growing student movement, are organized in a group called Yo Soy 132 (I am 132), and have denounced alleged fraud and widespread manipulation of the media by the PRI.

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Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

This is a tale of a Ukrainian special forces operator who wound up surviving 14 hours at sea, staying afloat and dodging Russian air and sea patrols.

Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

Looking at the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine.

Rustem Khalilov and Roksana Kasumova

KYIV — During a covert operation in the Black Sea, a Ukrainian special agent was thrown overboard and spent the next 14 hours alone at sea, surrounded by enemy forces.

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The agent, who uses the call-sign "Conan," agreed to speak to Ukrainska Pravda, to share the details of nearly being lost forever at sea. He also shared some background on how he arrived in the Ukrainian special forces. Having grown up in a village in a rural territory of Ukraine, Conan describes himself as "a simple guy."

He'd worked in law enforcement, personal security and had a job as a fitness trainer when Russia launched its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. That's when he signed up with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Main Directorate of Intelligence "Artan" battalion. It was nearly 18 months into his service, when Conan faced the most harrowing experience of the war. Here's his first-hand account:

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