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Nationwide protests broke out over the weekend following the US Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade

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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.

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

What to watch for

G7 leaders are meeting in the Bavarian Alps to discuss global inflation and continued pressure on Russia as the invasion of Ukraine continues with strikes in Kyiv. The US, UK, Canada, and Japan will ban Russian gold imports in an attempt to cut funding from the regime of Russian president Vladimir Putin. US president Joe Biden has insisted that G7 nations must stick together in the fight against Putin, while other member countries decide if they want to join the ban. The official announcement is expected Tuesday (June 28).

The UK is by far the biggest importer of Russian gold. UK prime minister Boris Johnson said the ban will “directly hit Russian oligarchs and strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine.” Russia’s gold exports bring in around $19 billion in revenue each year, its largest known export after oil and gas.

The UK is the top importer of Russian precious stones and metals.
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Roe v. Wade: What you need to know

Protests broke out over the weekend in the US after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country. We’ve compiled a reading list about the court’s decision and how it compares with laws around the globe:

🏥 What abortion access will look like now in the US

🏛️ The US Supreme Court has named other freedoms on the line

🗣️ How the three dissenting judges argued against overturning Roe v. Wade

📉 How overturning Roe v. Wade will hurt the US economy

🌍 How US state abortion laws compare globally

🚫 A list of countries where abortion is illegal

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