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US faces unprecedented “voter suppression”

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US President Joe Biden is under the heat as pressure mounts to pass election overhaul legislation.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Republican efforts to stall sweeping election overhaul legislation is “voter suppression”.

Senators are gearing up to cast their vote on the proposed new laws. However, a lack of bipartisan support will likely stall further progress.

‘For the People Act’

Dubbed the “For the People Act”, it will require at least 10 Republican senators to join all 50 Democrats if it is to reach the 60-vote threshold and progress.

Democrats say the bill is an attempt to undo restrictive new voting laws in Republican-held states like Georgia.

Schumer says this initial vote is merely an attempt to begin negotiations that will shape the final bill. However, he believes Republicans won’t debate because “they’re afraid and they don’t want to talk about it”.

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Ghislaine Maxwell placed on suicide watch

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Former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch, even though her lawyers say she isn’t suicidal

The 60-year-old’s legal team is are seeking to postpone her sentencing for sex trafficking if she remains in isolation.

Maxwell has been denied access to important legal documents and any time to meet with her lawyers.

The former lover of Jeffrey Epstein was convicted for helping her late husband sexually abuse girls.

It’s understood she is on suicide watch without a psychological evaluation.

Prosecutors are asking for a sentence between 30 and 55 years in jail.

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Outcry at the Supreme Court after Roe ruling

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Protesters have gathered at the U.S. Supreme Court to voice their opposition to the controversial Roe Versus Wade ruling

President Joe Biden says his administration will fight any attempts by states who ban a pill used for medication abortion.

Hundreds of protesters descended on the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to denounce the justices’ decision to overturn the half-century-old Roe v. Wade precedent that recognized women’s constitutional right to abortion.

The crowd featured both abortion rights supporters…

ABORTION RIGHTS SUPPORTERS:

“My body my choice.”

…and anti-abortion activists.

ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST:

“We are the post-Roe generation.”

Meanwhile, tensions were high at Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, nicknamed the “Pink House” because of its bubble gum-colored paint, was named in the Supreme Court case.

The clinic was still operating Saturday morning but is set to close in nine days.

Both supporters of abortion rights and those that want to see them curtailed were looking ahead to what comes next.

COLEMAN BOYD, ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST, SAYING:

“We need to work in states like New York, in Colorado, New Mexico, those places that have really liberal abortion laws in California. Now, we do need to be working there.”

LAUREN SPIGNER, ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SAYING:

“I think Clarence Thomas made it pretty clear his opinion that this is just the beginning of the rights they want to take away.”

U.S. President Joe Biden said Saturday his administration would look to police how states enforce bans and signaled that the White House will fight attempts by states to ban a pill used for medication abortion.

“A decision is implemented by states. My administration is going to focus on how they administer and whether or not they violate other laws, like deciding not to allow people across state lines to get public health services.”

And when asked if he thought the Supreme Court was broken after the Roe decision and a recent one on gun rights, he had this to say:

“The Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions.”

The court’s ruling is at odds with broader public opinion – a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that about 71% of Americans said the decisions about terminating a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor and not regulated by the government.

Twenty-six percent of respondents polled said abortion should be legal in all cases while 10% said it should be illegal in all cases, with the majority supporting some limits.

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Russia targets Ukrainian capital of Kyiv during G7

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Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as leaders of the G7 meet in Germany

A missile strike left one dead, and six wounded after a residential apartment was hit. It’s the first such strikes on the capital in three weeks.

The city’s Deputy Mayor says four people were admitted to local hospitals, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts.

It’s believed a 7-year-old girl is among those who are injured in the complex. Meanwhile, a missile funnel has been found in the backyard of a nearby kindergarten.

U-S President Joe Biden says the strikes are barbaric, but declined to comment on whether they were deliberately occurring because of the G7 meeting.

The Group of Seven leaders will ban imports of gold from Russia, the latest in a series of sweeping sanctions against the nation for its war in Ukraine.

Leaders will also discuss rising energy costs and inflation.

President Biden is also pledging 200 billion dollars as part of a global infrastructure package to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, Russia maintains the invasion is a special military operation.

The nation’s Defence Minister has paid a visit to Russian troops and giving medals to soldiers.

President Vladimir Putin says his nation will transfer nuclear-capable missile systems to Belarus in the coming months.

Belarus has been a close ally to Russia. The nation’s President travelled to St Petersburg for a series of meetings at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the G7 says there is one world leader who is missing from their high-stakes talks.

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