Democracy in peril, rising political tension, and what we can do | USA TODAY

U.S. democracy is under siege on several fronts: public distrust of government, amplification of conspiracies on social media, ebbing bipartisanship. RELATED: Fetterman and Dr. Oz troll over social media, ducking out on debates | USA TODAY https://bit.ly/3SkxGqM Public confidence in…

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Flood kills at least 10 people after intense rains in Italy | USA TODAY

Intense rains created a flood that killed at least 10 people in the Italian coastal town of Senigallia. RELATED: Patagonia mountain glacier collapses https://bit.ly/3UeQ0TT Floodwaters triggered by heavy rainfall swept through several towns in a hilly region of central Italy…

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Ukraine forces Russians to retreat from northeastern Kharkiv | USA TODAY

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claims the majority of the Kharkiv region has been liberated from Russian troops. RELATED: Russia’s war in Ukraine has entered a new phase. Here’s what we know. | JUST THE FAQS https://bit.ly/3BjjhEf » Subscribe to USA…

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Wildfire north of Vila Real, Portugal forms towering ‘smokenado’ | USA TODAY

A towering smokenado formed over mountains north of Vila Real, Portugal as responders tackled a wildfire. RELATED: Two tornadoes touch down on either side of the highway https://bit.ly/3CvN8f3 » Subscribe to USA TODAY: http://bit.ly/1xa3XAh » Watch more on this and…

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Russian rocket attack kills 25 on Ukrainian Independence Day | USA TODAY

Russian forces launched a rocket attack on the Ukrainian town of Chapylne, killing at least 25 people. RELATED: Zelenskyy observes 6 months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began | USA TODAY https://bit.ly/3TfJOdU » Subscribe to USA TODAY: http://bit.ly/1xa3XAh » Watch…

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Ukraine investigates growing number of alleged Russian war crimes | USA TODAY

Under constant threat of Russian airstrikes and shelling, Ukrainian prosecutors work to investigate the growing number of suspected war crimes cases. RELATED: Zaporizhzhia plant: Ukraine prepares for catastrophe https://bit.ly/3AISL88 A team of war crimes investigators had already begun the work…

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Paris streets flood after torrential rainfall | USA TODAY #Shorts

Heavy rainfall caused flash floods across France, including Marseille and the nation’s capitol. RELATED: Heavy rain floods Vegas Strip, casinos https://bit.ly/3c2prA9 » Subscribe to USA TODAY: http://bit.ly/1xa3XAh » Watch more on this and other topics from USA TODAY: https://bit.ly/3QYKjbc »…

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Texas sends buses of migrants to New York City and D.C. | USA TODAY

New York City Mayor Eric Adams slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for sending buses of asylum seekers. RELATED: Migrant families share their experiences at the U.S.-Mexico border https://bit.ly/3PjgAaA Texas Governor Greg Abbott is firing back at New York City Mayor…

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Russian TV journalist Ovsyannikova protests war, faces prison | USA TODAY

Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova faces prison time after she held up a banner critical of President Putin’s actions in Ukraine. RELATED: Explosion at Saki airbase in Crimea sends smoke into sky https://bit.ly/3AhNjsW Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who was fined three…

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Brittney Griner shouldn’t have had to endure trial, White House says | USA TODAY

The White House is repeating calls for Russia to release Brittney Griner after she was sentenced to nine years by a Russian judge on drug charges. RELATED: Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russia for drug charges https://bit.ly/3oV4D0f The…

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