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Police in Chile use water cannons on copper mine protesters

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After last year’s dramatic Chile mine collapse and prolonged rescue efforts covered by seemingly all the world’s media, one might think working conditions and benefits for the miners would have improved.

But they have not, and now the country’s largest state-run mining firm is facing a restructuring plan that would eliminate jobs and reduce benefits, so the country’s copper miners have gone on strike to make a point.

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This week, thousands of demonstrators in Santiago joined them in the streets for solidarity rallies, but were confronted by armored police forces. As the situation escalated, police deployed tear gas and water cannons against the protesters, creating a frightening scene for European news cameras.

This video is from Euronews, broadcast July 13, 2011.


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‘Very good news’: Law prof praises Kentucky’s bipartisan compromise to allow everyone to vote by mail

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The state of Kentucky was praised on Friday after a bipartisan agreement was reached to expand voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Any Kentucky voter wary of the risk of COVID-19 will be able to vote in the Nov. 3 general election by mailing in an absentee ballot. Voters will also have the option of casting a ballot in person during the three weeks leading up to the election, or waiting until Election Day," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday.

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Political forecast models aren’t necessarily more accurate than polls – or the weather

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Political forecast models aren't necessarily more accurate than polls – or the weather As the old joke goes, it’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. Tetra Images via Getty Images

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‘Proof of Trump’s dementia’: President ridiculed as ‘delusional’ for his latest claim about the 2020 campaign

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President Donald Trump said his campaign is trying to win the state of New York in the 2020 presidential campaign.

While on his way to a weekend at his Bedminister Golf Club, Trump tweeted a picture of a New York Post cover with the president claiming the state is "in play" during the 2020 presidential election.

"Just landed in New York to see my brother, Robert. We’re going for New York on November 3rd. We’re going to Reduce Taxes, Increase Law Enforcement, and bring it back BIG TIME!" Trump claimed.

The president was quickly ridiculed for thinking New York is in play, when election analysts view New York as a safe state for Democrats.

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