Biden and Putin begin face-to-face talks in Geneva

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President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are shown walking toward each other with their hands outstretched for a shake.

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the 'Villa la Grange,' in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.

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Biden-Putin summit
The summit between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin is underway in Geneva, at a time when relations between the US and Russia are at a low point. The two leaders will  have face-to-face talks for a few hours and focus on a range of issues, including recent hacking — that the US says originated in Russia — arms control, human rights and climate change. For months, Biden and Putin have traded sharp rhetoric over Russian interference in US elections and cyberattacks — both claims denied by the Kremlin — and Washington accusing Moscow of  disregarding free speech and democracy with the jailing of Putin’s foe, Alexei Navalny.

Israel strikes Gaza
Israeli planes struck the Gaza Strip overnight, in the first raid since the fragile ceasefire with Hamas began last month, after Palestinian groups sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel. The military says they targeted facilities used by Hamas for meetings and planning attacks. The latest spat followed Tuesday’s Israeli ultranationalist march, where hundreds paraded through predominantly Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem to commemorate Israel’s capture of the area in 1967. Palestinians considered the march a provocation.

Peru election
Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo, a former school teacher and union leader, has won the most votes by a tight margin in the Peruvian presidential elections. With all ballots counted, Castillo  has just over 50% of the votes and is ahead of Keiko Fujimori by 44,000 votes, in a race where 18.8 million Peruvians cast their ballots — a nearly 75% turnout. However, Castillo cannot yet be declared the winner until legal challenges presented by Fujimori are cleared. While observers from the Organization of American States said they found no irregularities, Fujimori has alleged electoral fraud, but has yet to present detailed evidence of those claims.

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Russia's vote at UN could cut off humanitarian aid to northwest Syria

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Bright Spot

Peruvians are restoring a centuries-old bridge made entirely of ropes of woven grass. They're using traditional weaving techniques to repair the 500-year-old Q’eswachaka hanging bridge that spans the Apurimac river. It's 118 feet long, hangs 60 feet above the river and is the last remaining Incan rope bridge.

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Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. 

Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019. 


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On Tuesday, the Biden administration released a 32-page plan for confronting domestic terrorism. It identifies white supremacist violent extremism as the greatest terrorist threat facing the United States. And, Turkey has vaccinated only about 17% of its population so far against COVID-19. But a team of health workers in eastern Turkey is working as fast as it can to vaccinate people in the remote mountain villages. Also, enter the musical world of the Weimar Republic in 1920s Berlin with the Moka Efti Orchestra who created the music for the Netflix series, “Babylon Berlin.”

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