Washington, D.C.

Mexican president visits Trump

President Donald Trump welcomed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the White House on Wednesday, calling him a cherished partner and claiming the countries’ economic and security ties were reaching new heights. Trump’s warm words were in stark contrast to the days when he called Mexicans “rapists” and railed against migrants entering the United States illegally. The meeting was billed as a celebration of economic ties and the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Teams lay out road map for Biden

Task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing recommended that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding the economy. But they stopped short of urging Biden’s full endorsement of policies that could prove too divisive for some swing voters in November, like Medicare for All or the Green New Deal environmental plan. The groups were formed to hammer out a policy road map to best defeat President Donald Trump.

New York

Unions plan walkout this month

A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month. Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast food, ride-share, nursing home and airport workers in 25 cities are expected to walk off the job July 20 for about eight minutes — the amount of time prosecutors say a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on the neck of George Floyd in May — in remembrance of Black men and women who died recently at the hands of police. The strike will also include a handful of marches in participating cities, organizers said.

Ivory Coast

Prime minister dies suddenly

The prime minister of Ivory Coast, a candidate for president in a coming election, died suddenly, the president announced. The death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, 61, cast uncertainty on the country’s presidential election in three months, in which he was to be the ruling party’s candidate. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Coulibaly had recently received treatment for a heart condition.

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