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The protests have followed interim President Pedro Castillo’s impeachment and arrest in December for trying to close Congress. The violence has resulted in 57 civilian deaths and has revived class and racial divisions. Many Peruvians are wondering whether a long period of uneasy economic stability has run its course.

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Expect lots of new faces and fresh political dynamics as President Joe Biden delivers this year’s State of the Union address. That will be coupled with attention to some old problems that have been brought back into painful focus by recent events. Biden on Tuesday night will stand before a joint session of Congress for the first time since voters in the midterm elections handed control of the House to Republicans. Like presidents past, Biden will make the case that the nation is strong and that better days lie ahead. But he finds himself in choppy waters as he passes the halfway mark of his term.

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The Philippines says it is allowing U.S. forces to broaden their footprint in that Southeast Asian nation. It is the latest Biden administration move bolstering an arc of Indo-Pacific alliances to better counter China. 

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The latest strikes in Kramatorsk came as rescue crews searched for survivors in the rubble of an apartment building struck by a Russian missile late Wednesday that killed at least three people and wounded 21 others. The regional governor attributed two rocket strikes to Russian forces. He said civilians were wounded in the latest strikes, which hit residential buildings in the heart of the city.

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Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The nation’s central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III.

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The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously to suspend Philip Prewitt indefinitely. The Missouri Supreme Court found the incumbent Republican had threatened a Democratic challenger in hopes of dissuading her from running against him for Macon County associate circuit judge in 2018. 

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A group of House Democrats is urging the Biden administration to suspend all U.S. security assistance to Peru. The lawmakers cite what they call a “pattern of repression” of antigovernment protests resulting in more than 50 civilian deaths. 

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President Joe Biden has informed Congress that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after they were first declared. The move to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations will formally restructure the federal coronavirus response to treat the virus as an endemic threat to public health that can be managed through agencies’ normal authorities. It comes as lawmakers have already ended elements of the emergencies that kept millions of Americans insured during the pandemic.

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