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Listen to Vox podcasts on the 2020 election

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  1. The stimulus standoff

    1:00:240:30

  2. Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the world

    1:22:310:30

  3. Who are the Proud Boys?

  4. It’s time to talk about Mike Pence

  5. By the People: Blame the Constitution

    1:04:390:30

  6. Contact tracing President Trump

  7. Joe Versus the Volcano

  8. A dark, dangerous debate

    1:14:470:30

  9. Amy Coney Barrett

  10. By the People: How to make sure your vote is counted

  11. Dianne Feinstein, please listen to this episode!

    1:01:570:30

  12. RBG, minority rule, and our looming legitimacy crisis

    1:12:050:30

  13. By the People: How to rig an election

    1:05:410:30

  14. This is the future Joe Biden wants

  15. Can the Democrats take the Senate?

  16. A Fake News Survival Guide

  17. Black Republicans, Donald Trump, and America’s “George Floyd moment”

    1:31:080:30

  18. Is Facebook ready for the election?

  19. Trump sells out

    1:06:590:30

  20. Unconventional (Part II)

  21. The Trump Show

  22. NYT’s James Poniewozik on the virtual conventions; CNN’s Brian Stelter on Trump + Fox

  23. How Donald Trump sees the world

  24. Unconventional

  25. Democratic convention special

    1:04:010:30

  26. How Joe Biden sees the world

  27. What the hell is the Republican party doing?

  28. A devastating indictment of the Republican Party

    1:01:340:30

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Car bomb kills Muslim mufti for Syria’s capital: State media

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Adnan al-Afiyuni, the Sunni Muslim mufti for Damascus, died as a result of his wounds after a bomb was planted in his car in the town of Qudssaya.

A prominent Syrian Muslim leader in charge of the Damascus region was killed on Thursday when a bomb planted in his car exploded outside the capital, state news agency SANA said.

Adnan al-Afiyuni, the Sunni Muslim mufti for Damascus province, was considered to be close to President Bashar al-Assad who hails from the Alawite offshoot of Shia Islam.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) war monitor said the 66-year-old Muslim scholar played a key role in reaching reconciliation deals with rebel fighters on the capital’s outskirts during the country’s nine-year war.

Afiyuni died “as the result of an explosive device planted in his car” in the town of Qudssaya, northwest of the capital, SANA quoted the endowments ministry as saying.

In September 2016, Afiyuni led prayers as al-Assad made a rare public appearance to celebrate the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Daraya outside Damascus after the last rebels evacuated the previous month under a surrender deal.

The Muslim leader, who sported a long white beard, hailed the town as an example for Syria.

He told those listening Daraya was “living proof for all Syrians that the only option available to you is reconciliation and abandoning fighting”.

Explosions have been relatively rare in and around the capital since government forces expelled the last rebels and fighters from its doorstep in 2018.

After a string of military victories backed by key ally Russia, the government has regained control of nearly 70 percent of the country, the SOHR said.

The monitor said Syria’s war has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions from their homes since starting in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.

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South Korea reports highest number of new coronavirus cases in over a month

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Bottles of pills sit on shelves at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20.
Bottles of pills sit on shelves at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20. George Frey/AFP/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic is causing “unacceptable” shortages of US drug supplies in the United States, according to a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.

The report says shortages have limited 29 of 40 drugs critical for treating Covid-19 patients, including propofol, albuterol, midazolam, hydroxychloroquine, fentanyl, azithromycin and morphine, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The FDA, which has more stringent criteria for shortages, show 18 of 40 are on the Drug Shortage list.

Another 67 out of 156 critical acute drugs — including diazepam, phenobarbital, lidocaine and acetaminophen — are in short supply, the report said.

“Drug shortages can be a matter of life and death, and some shortages mean that a life-saving drug is not available to U.S. patients at any price,” the authors wrote.

“The urgency with the drug shortage supply issue is related directly to the major increase in COVID-19 cases that we will experience in the coming months,” Michael Osterholm, the director of CIDRAP, said in a news release.

“This, in turn, will dramatically increase the need for specific COVID-19 treatment drugs, while at the same, COVID-19 is having a major impact on two of the three key drug manufacturing areas of the world, India and Italy,” Osterholm added.

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UN says Libya sides reach ‘permanent ceasefire’ deal

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Libya’s warring sides sign agreement for ‘a permanent ceasefire in all areas of Libya’, the UN Libya mission says in a Facebook post.

Libya’s warring sides have signed an agreement for “a permanent ceasefire in all areas of Libya”, the United Nations Libya mission said in a Facebook post, showing live video of the ceremony to sign the agreement.

The UN on Friday said the two sides in the Libyan military talks have reached the “historic achievement” with a permanent ceasefire deal across the war-torn North African country.

After mediation led by UN envoy Stephanie Turco Williams this week, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission reached what the UN called an “important turning point towards peace and stability in Libya”.

Details were not immediately available, but the two sides were taking part in a signing ceremony in Geneva on Friday morning.

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