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Abortion rights supporters protest after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v Women’s Health Organization abortion case, overturning the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision, in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2022.

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Abortion rights protests continued across the US. As demonstrators marched, abortion clinics began to close in trigger law states, and Pride events took on a new urgency

Some US companies will financially support employees seeking abortions. Tech giants and banks were among those who made commitments.

More than 1 million US voters have switched to the Republican Party. According to the Associated Press, many suburban swing voters are making the switch.

G7 nations launched a $600 billion global infrastructure plan. The plan aims to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The summit also announced additional impending sanctions on Russia (more below). 

Russia defaulted on its debt. The grace period has ended for a $100 million interest payment that was due May 27, marking Russia’s first foreign debt default in over a century.

Thousands demonstrated in Madrid ahead of the NATO summit. Protestors called for an end to the military alliance, which will consider Finland and Sweden’s bids to join in a two-day meeting starting Wednesday.  

Ecuadorian president Guillermo Lasso cut gas prices. The announcement came amid two weeks of indigenous protests in Quito demanding price controls.

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