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Boeing launched astronauts for the first time Wednesday, belatedly joining SpaceX as a second taxi service for NASA.

https://www.voanews.com/a/nasa-tries-for-third-time-wednesday-to-launch-first-crewed-flight-of-boeing-starliner-spacecraft-to-iss-/7643440.html

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U.S. President Joe Biden landed Wednesday in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy invasion – and plans to use the occasion to underscore the need for a strong transatlantic alliance in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

https://www.voanews.com/a/biden-with-france-visit-looks-to-past-and-future-of-global-conflicts-/7643530.html

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An official quick count released early Monday showed ruling party candidate Claudia Sheinbaum winning Mexico’s presidential election and becoming the country’s first female leader.

https://www.voanews.com/a/mexico-s-sheinbaum-poised-to-become-first-woman-president/7640231.html

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📷: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meet at the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore, June 2, 2024. (Reuters)

https://www.voanews.com/a/zelenskyy-at-shangri-la-meeting-urges-countries-to-join-peace-summit/7639386.html

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Mexico is holding its largest elections June 2, 2024. It is the first time in 200 years that a woman will likely be elected president. VOA's Celia Mendoza reports from Mexico City, Mexico.

https://youtu.be/hnkvFFHArDY

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📷: Lava continued to spurt from a volcano in southwestern Iceland on Thursday but the activity had calmed significantly from when it erupted a day earlier.

https://www.voanews.com/a/lava-spurts-from-iceland-volcano-for-second-day/7637188.html

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun held their first in-person meeting on the sideline of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Friday.

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-chinese-defense-leaders-exchange-views-over-contentious-issues-in-singapore-/7637264.html

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Cape Town residents began lining up outside polling stations in the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, to cast their ballots in what may prove to be a sea-change general election in South Africa.

South Africans began voting Wednesday in an election seen as their country’s most important in 30 years, and one that could put their young democracy in unknown territory.

https://youtu.be/ClComQBVn_4?si=q6_Rn8XF9W5kAAwb

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North Korean balloons dropped feces and other garbage on busy streets, in front of residences, and in other areas across South Korea on Wednesday, according to local media reports and South Korea’s military, in Pyongyang’s latest escalation of tensions with its southern neighbor.

https://www.voanews.com/a/north-korea-sends-poop-filled-balloons-into-south-media-report-/7632935.html

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15-year-old Uyghur becomes youngest in China to summit Everest. Seafood production rises in Xinjiang as Uyghur forced labor concerns continue. U.S. Senate committee finds Uyghur forced labor in supply chains of automakers.

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/U76XOVok7mc

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Richard M. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning the instantly memorable songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang — as well as the most-played tune on Earth, It's a Small World (After All) — has died. He was 95.

https://www.voanews.com/a/richard-sherman-who-with-his-brother-penned-classic-disney-tunes-dies/7627301.html

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The United States will provide a new $275 million military aid package for Ukraine to help the beleaguered country repel Russia’s assault on Kharkiv, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Friday.

The package includes ammunition for HIMARS, 155 mm and 105 mm artillery rounds, missiles, anti-armor systems and precision aerial munitions, the State Department said.

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-announces-275m-in-new-military-aid-for-ukraine/7626216.html

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China accelerating forced relocation of rural Tibetans to urban areas, report says

https://www.voanews.com/a/china-accelerates-forced-relocation-of-rural-tibetans-to-urban-areas-report-says/7622395.html

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Ireland, Norway and Spain each announced Wednesday the recognition of a Palestinian state, citing the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza and a need to achieve a two-state solution for lasting peace in the region.

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Russia has launched a likely space weapon and deployed it in the same orbit as a U.S. government satellite, the Pentagon said.

https://www.voanews.com/a/pentagon-says-russia-launched-space-weapon-in-path-of-us-satellite-/7622198.html

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A large crowd of mourners gathered in the Iranian city of Tabriz Monday after a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and seven others crashed Sunday while crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog. (Reuters)

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/afIfrI5qFaA

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▶️ Iranians in exile celebrate outside Berlin embassy after Iran president's death https://x.com/VOANews/status/1792669182087365095

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Lai Ching-te was sworn in as Taiwan’s new president Monday, kicking off an unprecedented third consecutive term for the pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has consistently highlighted the strength of the island’s democracy over the last eight years.

https://www.voanews.com/a/taiwan-s-new-president-inherits-strong-foreign-policy-position-but-political-gridlock-at-home/7618461.html

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