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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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Biden says he’ll make China quit coal. Can he deliver?

Oct 9, 2020

Much hangs in the balance as the United States chooses its next president — including, perhaps, the temperature of the Earth.

A victory by President Donald Trump portends more of the same: a seeming indifference to climate change that drifts into denialism.

His rival, Joe Biden, says he can convince the world that the US — one of the top polluters in history — can guide the planet to a greener future.

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:

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A former Marine is sitting in a Russian prison for a crime he didn't commit — at least, that’s the argument from US lawmakers and diplomats about the case of Trevor Reed.

So much has happened since January that it is easy to forget that the US almost went to war with Iran.

Tensions heightened when the US killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, and in response, Iran fired rockets at US forces stationed in Iraq. Nine months later, tensions are still high.

Four years ago, then-president-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of US diplomatic tradition simply by picking up the phone. That’s because the person calling was Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president.

When Chris Rider flies to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from his home in Whitehorse, Yukon, he always chooses the locally owned airline, Air North. One big reason is the food.

The meals are prepared in Whitehorse, and in his view, they’re “one of the best things about Air North.” A standout is the bison shepherd’s pie. 

“That’s not normal airline food no matter where you fly,” said Rider, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon.

In southern Mexico City, halfway up one of the mountains that encircle the city, Fernando Lozano and Dalia Davila open the gate to their tortilla shop every morning and fire up the oven to get ready for the lunchtime rush. 

Lozano and Davila, partners in life and in business, estimate they supply about 440 lbs. worth of tortillas every day to restaurants and neighbors hungry for one of the staples of the Mexican diet. 

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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. 

It’s a quarter past 8 in the morning — what would normally be the start of the school day for students at the 5th Public High School of Egaleo, just outside of Athens. But instead of settling into their desks, students are gathering in the schoolyard and gearing up for a vote.

Up for debate is whether students should take control of the school grounds and lock teachers and administrators out for the day to prevent any lessons from happening.

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Since President Donald Trump and the first lady both tested positive for the coronavirus last week, the news cycle has been in a tailspin. 

The coronavirus has sidelined the commander in chief from at least some of his duties. So, it makes sense to ask whether China, Russia or other actors that don’t have the United States' best interests in mind might take advantage of this precarious moment for their own gain.

Abortion increasingly hard to access in Turkey

Oct 5, 2020

When Sevilay, a 38-year-old, stay-at-home mom in Istanbul, learned she was pregnant with a third child, she agonized over what to do.

“I became very upset when I learned about my pregnancy. I wondered whether I could do it or not. I was already having a hard time with two kids. There was nobody that could help me.”

Sevilay, a mother of two in Turkey who had an abortion

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President Donald Trump on Monday began his fourth day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is being treated for COVID-19. His condition remains unclear, though officials said he is anxious to return to the White House in an effort to show strength and could be released as early as Monday.

Este artículo, publicado originalmente en Inglés, es parte de nuestra serie "Every 30 Seconds" , "Cada 30 Segundos", producida con el apoyo de la 

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