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Tanzania has a history of free and fair elections, but now, as voters head to the polls to elect their next president, it's not so clear.

President John Magufuli, with the ruling Revolutionary party (CCM) is up for a second term. But the main opposition party leader, Tundu Lissu, with the Party for Democracy and Progress (Chadema), is giving him a fight. So much so that for months, the government has put restrictions on the opposition party.

In the run-up to the general election on Nov. 3, our series examines how US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden diverge on key issues by identifying important stories that highlight what the candidates would do differently on the global stage:

For seven days straight, thousands have taken to the streets of cities across Poland, marching in protest against last Thursday’s court ruling on abortion.

The judgement by a constitutional tribunal makes abortion illegal in the Eastern European country in all but the most exceptional of circumstances.

The Canadian economy has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But the small town of Oyen, Alberta, is a rare bright spot for which many credit the Keystone XL pipeline.

Construction of the pipeline’s Canadian portion started this past summer, and since then, more than 800 temporary workers have come to the area.

“With the pipeline coming in, it’s an economic boom.”

Wanda Diakow, economic development officer, Alberta

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When COVID-19 first arrived in Brazil, Germana Soares was concerned about how it would interact with other health issues in her community.

“I thought there would be a lot of deaths,” she said. “We have a very high number of deaths of children from respiratory infections. And we were all very concerned because COVID[-19] also acts in that area.”

Related: Brazil’s wetlands ravaged by out-of-control wildfires

As France mourns a beloved teacher murdered after showing controversial cartoons in class, a diplomatic rift between Europe and the Muslim world over secularism and religious freedom is widening. 

Railing against Islamophobia in the West, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joined a regional call for a boycott of French imports on Monday. He was cheered on by a Turkish national newspaper, which published lists of French brands to avoid at the market. 

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In the run-up to the general election on Nov. 3, our series examines how US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden diverge on key issues by identifying important stories that highlight what the candidates would do differently on the global stage:

The administration of President Donald Trump has gone in a unique direction on foreign policy in the Middle East, undoing some of his predecessor Barack Obama’s accomplishments yet continuing with a number of anti-interventionist tendencies that were already in motion. 

Charged with helping the global economy recover from the impact of COVID-19, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was built to stabilize global markets at a moment just like this. During the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the IMF has taken unprecedented action by loaning about $100 billion of its $1 trillion fund for countries in need. 

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This week, Kolkata braces for its biggest annual festival celebrating Durga, the Hindu goddess of war and strength, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state of West Bengal. Over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases were recently logged in one day — an all-time high —  pushing the state's total case count to almost 330,000

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Russian hackers: GRU's Sandworm unit members indicted by US

Oct 20, 2020

The US Justice Department has charged six Russian intelligence officers in connection with major worldwide cyberattacks, including hacking elections in France, the Winter Olympics and Ukraine's power grid. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers made the announcement about the indictments on Monday.

Demers said the men charged stand accused of conducting "the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group."

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The coronavirus outbreak has hit Black and other communities of color disproportionately in hospitalizations and deaths in the United States and around the world.

Reasons are complex, but the disparities are thought to stem from minorities working in jobs on the front lines, having medical conditions associated with severe disease, higher rates of poverty and poor access to health care.

As Nov. 3 approaches, calls by President Donald Trump to declare a winner on election night have raised fears within the biggest, oldest group of mail-in voters: members of the military.  

In the run-up to the general election on Nov. 3, our series examines how US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden diverge on key issues by identifying important stories that highlight what the candidates would do differently on the global stage.

For more than a week, residents of Lashkar Gah city in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, have been on edge.

Some have been forced to flee their homes because of fresh fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces that erupted suddenly last weekend.

Local authorities report that as many as 35,000 people may have been displaced and 200 people have been killed or injured.

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Under the Obama administration, LGBTQ Americans won long-fought battles, including developing the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, legalizing same-sex marriage and repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. 

Vaccine expert: Trial hurdles are 'totally normal' on path toward immunity

Oct 15, 2020

In the race to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, there have been some recent obstacles.

On Monday, Johnson & Johnson announced it had halted a large-scale trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. US testing of a vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca is still on hold after that trial was paused last month.

Vaccine developers say these temporary halts show that the trials are being done properly and that such a timeline goes with the territory. The vaccine-skeptical public might view it differently.

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France has become the latest European nation to announce stricter measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, with a curfew in Paris and eight other cities set to take effect for as many as six weeks starting on Saturday.

Qingdao tests all 9 million residents for COVID-19

Oct 14, 2020

In the northern Chinese city of Qingdao, a new outbreak of the coronavirus has been reported after 12 locally transmitted cases were found in a city hospital. So, on Monday, local officials announced a plan to test all 9 million residents. 

Related: Buying masks from China can get complicated. This businessman connects buyers with sellers.

This independent Afro Latino voter has decided on Biden

Oct 14, 2020

This story is part of "Every 30 Seconds," a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

There was a particular moment when 19-year-old Brayan Guevara knew he was going to vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

It was Aug. 11, the day Biden announced that Sen. Kamala Harris would be his pick for his vice president and running mate.

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Many of us are worried these days about the upcoming presidential election. And what comes after the voting. Among those with a creeping sense of foreboding is America’s former top spy. 

"I am very concerned. I do believe that these will be rocky times ahead for us," ex-CIA Director John Brennan told The World. 

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