First thing: Gustavo Petro becomes Colombia’s first left-wing president | News from the United States

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Colombia elected a former guerrilla president, thus becoming the first left-wing head of state in the South American country.

Gustavo Petro beat Rodolfo Hernández, a gaffe-prone former mayor of Bucaramanga and business tycoon, with 50.47% of the votes in Sunday’s runoff and will take office in July amid a series of challenges, not least the growing discontent over the inequality and rising cost of living. Hernández had 47.27% with almost all the votes counted, according to the results released by the electoral authorities.

Petro’s election marks a tidal shift for Colombia and follows similar victories for the left in Peru, Chile and Honduras.

“Today is a celebration for the people,” the victorious candidate tweeted on Sunday evening. “May so many sufferings be softened by the joy that today floods the heart of the homeland”.

  • What else did he say? During his victory speech, Petro appealed for unity and extended an olive branch to some of his harshest critics, saying all opposition members would be welcomed “to discuss Colombia’s problems.”

  • What does the US Secretary of State have, Antonio BeatShe said? He congratulated “the Colombian people for making their voices heard in a free and fair presidential election”. “We look forward to working with President-elect Petro to further strengthen US-Colombia relations and move our nations towards a better future,” he added.

Liz Cheney’s condemnation of Trump’s lies conquers the Democrats

Liz Cheney during a January 6 select committee hearing at the Capitol last week. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite / AP

Liz Cheney voted for Donald Trump’s agenda 93% of the time during his presidency. The Wyoming congresswoman has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and asked for Planned Parenthood’s defining of the group’s abortion services. She also comes from a Republican political dynasty, as her father, Dick Cheney, was Vice President under George W. Bush. In short, Cheney is not a Democrat.

But as Republican vice president of the January 6 select committee, Cheney played a crucial role in bringing the case against Trump and his lies about the 2020 election, which culminated in the deadly attack on the Capitol, and which earned her a legion of strange comrades. left of bed.

Even Democrats who disagree with Cheney on nearly every other policy have expressed admiration for his lucid condemnation of Trump’s undemocratic crusade.

  • What did you tell your colleagues who support Trump’s allies? “In our country, we don’t take an oath to an individual or a political party,” he said. “I tell my fellow Republicans who are defending the indefensible: there will come a day when Donald Trump is gone but your dishonor will remain.”

Kiev residents take steps towards normality

Women drink in a bar in Kiev, Ukraine
Back to normal: women drink in a bar in Kiev. Photography: Natacha Pisarenko / AP

Strolling through a small open-air market in a pretty Kiev courtyard, one might be forgiven for forgetting for a brief moment that Ukraine is in the midst of a war that not long ago included some of its bloodiest fighting in a few miles from the capital.

Almost four months after the invasion of Moscow, signs of normalcy began to return to Kiev. The anti-tank checkpoints have been moved aside as families stroll through the city’s many parks. The terraces have started to fill up, with well-dressed locals drinking Aperol spritz.

Valeriy Shevchenko, the manager of a small gallery, says her art space is slowly coming back to life.

“Kiev used to be a ghost town, but the gallery is finally filling up again,” he said. “We are just tired of being afraid. But, of course, no one forgets about the war. “

In other news …

Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference in Nashville, Tennessee on June 17.
Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Nashville, Tennessee on June 17. Photograph: Seth Herald / Getty Images
  • Republicans exuded confidence this week at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to the majority conference in Nashville, Tennessee, eager to regain power after a few punitive years during which they were excluded from the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.

  • The French Prime Minister, Elizabeth Borneis facing resignation demands after Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance lost an absolute majority in parliament in the legislative elections at the weekend. Borne, appointed only a month ago, said the result poses “a risk for our country”.

  • Police investigate the murder of the British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous supporter Bruno Pereira they identified five other people linked to the murdersbringing the number of suspects in a crime that shocked Brazil to eight.

  • A number of Republican-led states that are moving to ban abortion are, at the same time, extending the benefits of health insurance to new mothers, claiming to support “women in crisis.” The bills do not counter bans that would lead to greater risks of maternal mortality, experts say.

Don’t miss this: Unhoused in the dangerous Phoenix heat

David Spell, 50, on June 10, when temperatures hit 112F, in Phoenix, Arizona.
David Spell, 50, on June 10, when temperatures hit 112F, in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Caitlin O’Hara / the Guardian

Phoenix is ​​used to the desert climate, but the heat season has expanded and the number of dangerously hot days and nights is on the rise due to global warming. In this sweltering heat, keeping cool is the hardest thing for the rapidly growing unprotected population. Since 2016, heat deaths have more than doubled in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, with homeless people without shelter accounting for 40% of the death toll.

… or this: how Grindr finally recognized gay men who are neither tall nor short

Grindr app and rainbow flag
“A lot of people feel stigmatized” as a side, says one New Yorker. Photography: Andre M Chang / Zuma / Rex / Shutterstock

Every month, nearly 11 million gays around the world browse the Grindr app to find sex. Once there, an endless stream of guys can flow, from beautiful to simple, from bear to boy. However, when it comes to choosing positions for sex, a crucial criterion for most gay men, the chances have long been simply high and low. The only other choice available alternates those roles: verse (versatile). Last month, however, things finally changed.

Climate control: why are heat waves around the world getting more intense?

Fiery image of the sun
Climate change has meant that heat waves “have increased in frequency, intensity and duration around the world”. Photograph: Aryos / Getty

In March, temperatures at the south poles were so high that scientists initially thought there might have been a mistake. At the north pole, equally unusual temperatures were recorded, surprising for the time of year. Inducing a heat wave at one pole can be considered a warning; heat waves at both poles simultaneously begin to look very much like a climate catastrophe. In May in Delhi, it hit 120F (49C). Last week in Madrid, 104F. In the United States, record temperatures have claimed the lives of more people.

Last Thing: the man who unknowingly became a meme

Josep Maria Garcia
Josep Maria García has become an internet meme for the worst person you know

Immediately after the Covid pandemic brought Spain into solitary confinement, Josep Maria García received a panicked phone call from his brother-in-law. “He told me not to worry, but that I should Google the phrase ‘the worst person you know,'” García said. “I plugged it in and I was there, everywhere. I scrolled down and it was my face, my face, my face. I thought what’s going on? ” As he scoured the internet, he realized he had unknowingly become a global meme.

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