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Protests continue in Bogota and across Colombia despite the withdrawal of the tax reform which sparked the demonstrations at the end of last week.
Protests continue in Bogota and across Colombia despite the withdrawal of the tax reform which sparked the demonstrations at the end of last week.

Welcome to Wednesday, where India's COVID surge interrupts the G7 summit, George Floyd's killer asks for a new trial and a woman in Mali gives birth to five girls … and four boys. Argentine daily Clarín also has a look at what Joe Biden's arrival means for Cuba and Venezuela.


• Derek Chauvin asks for new trial: The lawyer of the ex-Minneapolis police officer convicted of George Floyd's murder has asked for a new trial, denouncing jury misconduct.

• Indian delegates test positive at G7: The entire Indian delegation to the Group of Seven summit in London has been asked to self-isolate after two of its members tested positive for COVID-19. This comes amid the worst outbreak of the virus in India, with a record 382,315 new cases on Wednesday.

• Machete attack at Brazil nursery kills five: A 18-year-old man killed five people at a nursery school in Santa Catarina state, in southern Brazil. The victims include three young children and two staff members. Three days of mourning have been declared in the state.

• French journalist kidnaped in Mali appears in video: A French journalist kidnapped by Islamist militants in the northern city of Gao, in Mali, last month, has appeared in a video urging French authorities to help free him.

• EU & UN condemn Colombian deaths: With the death toll now at 19, the European Union has called on Colombian's security forces to avoid violence in response to street protests over a controversial tax reform, while the United Nation's human rights office has also expressed "deep alarm" over Colombian police opening fire on demonstrators.

• Conservative opposition wins in Madrid regional elections: Spain's right-wing Popular Party (PP) has won the Madrid regional elections, securing 65 out of 136 seats in the regional assembly. Pablo Iglesias, the leader of anti-austerity leftist party Podemos, announced he was leaving politics for good following the vote.

• Malian mother of nonuplets: A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies on Tuesday, after doctors had detected (only) seven inside her womb. The five girls, four boys and their mother are all reportedly doing well.

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When Mom Believes Putin: A Russian Family Torn Apart Over Ukraine Invasion

Sisters Rante and Satu Vodich fled Russia because they could no longer bear to live under Putin — but their mother believes state propaganda about the war. Her daughters are building a new life for themselves in Georgia.

A mother and her daughter on a barricade in Kyiv

Steffi Unsleber

TBILISI — On a gloomy afternoon in May, Rante Vodich gets the keys to her new home. A week earlier, the 27-year-old found this wooden shed in Tbilisi, with a corrugated iron roof and ramshackle bathroom. The shed next door houses an old bed covered in dust. Vodich refers to the place as a “studio” and pays $300 per month in rent. She says finding the studio is the best thing that’s happened to her since she came to Georgia. It is her hope for the future.

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Her younger sister Satu Vodich is around 400 kilometers further west, in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, surrounded by Russian tourists, Ukrainian flags, skyscrapers with sea views and the run-down homes of local residents.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

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