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The News Roundup — International

A protester stands in front of a statue of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, with the words (Churchill) "was a racist" written on its base in central London after a demonstration outside the US Embassy. The protest was organized to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
A protester stands in front of a statue of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, with the words (Churchill) "was a racist" written on its base in central London after a demonstration outside the US Embassy. The protest was organized to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many have taken to the streets to protest racial injustice, but the global COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over. There are over 7.3 million confirmed cases around the world and over 416,000 recorded deaths.

And after 34 years, Swedish authorities announced the conclusion of one of the country’s greatest mysteries — who assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Critics accused British author J.K. Rowling of transphobia after she responded to an article that contained the descriptor “people who menstruate” on Twitter. This isn’t the first time Rowling has weighed in on trans issues.

From a December 2019 article in Vox:

Rowling’s transphobia has come as a disappointment to many of her fans, despite trans people repeatedly pointing it out. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the current state of British mainstream feminism. Though an anti-trans strain of UK feminism has always simmered under the surface, it’s really come to flourish over the last several years, especially in the wake of  proposed reforms to the country’s Gender Recognition Act.

We review all the latest news from around the world on the global edition of the News Roundup.

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