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Joe Biden Vows To ‘End Season Of Darkness’ In DNC Speech

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On the fourth day of a virtual party convention, the U.S. Democratic party gave its presidential nomination to Joe Biden on Thursday.

In an eloquent, emotional, clear and powerful acceptance speech, Biden called on Americans to unite.  He dispelled criticisms lobbed at him almost daily by president Donald Trump, and concerns of some supporters about his fitness for the job at 77-years-old.

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Many say he delivered on the speech.  A historian, Michael Beschloss said on Twitter, this was “easily the best and most affecting speech Biden has ever delivered.”

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During four days of the convention, democrats highlighted several themes, including compassion, empathy, faith, and righteous anger.  Speaker after speaker had associated these traits with Biden.

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The Democratic presidential nominee vowed to defeat Trump and end the American season of darkness.

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Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert

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Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert

Protesters in Belarus are still angry in their sixth week of mass protests demanding the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko.

The president has announced, in retaliation, he is putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania.  He also said the Belarusian border with Ukraine would be strengthened.

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Lukashenko insists the six weeks of protests are driven by the west. He faces increasing criticism from the united states and the European Union.

Demonstrations began after the disputed august presidential election official results gave the authoritarian leader a sixth term in office–results opponents say were manipulated.

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Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race

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Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez has withdrawn from next month’s presidential election, saying she’s withdrawing in the interest of the party.

Anez, a former conservative senator, took office during the power vacuum that followed former president Morales’s departure after allegations of irregularities in last year’s election.  Those allegations fueled violent protests, and army pressure forced the country’s first indigenous president into exile in Mexico.

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Anez says if she does not step down, Morales would possibly return to power.

She declined to name the candidate for whom she will vote.

Next month’s election is the delayed rerun of last year’s ballot.  Anez’s candidacy had sparked controversy after she initially ruled herself out and pledged to guide the country to transparent new elections.

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By pulling out of the race, analysts say Anez could increase chances that the election will be pushed to a second round by consolidating the anti-Arce vote.

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To avoid a second round, the election winner requires at least 40 percent of valid votes in the first round and a 10-point advantage over the closest competitor.

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