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Riot police walk the streets after a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Monday. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images

Cuban officials on Tuesday confirmed the death of a 36-year-old man during anti-government demonstrations that were triggered by food and medicine shortages.

Driving the news: The government said Diubis Laurencio Tejeda died in Havana on Monday amid clashes between police and protesters during which an undisclosed number of people were arrested, per AP.

The big picture: Over 200 demonstrators have been detained or disappeared since protests began Sunday, according to the exiled Cubalex human rights group.

  • Cuba's government has limited access to some social media and messaging apps in response to the unrest, which President Miguel Díaz-Canel has blamed on U.S. sanctions
  • Amnesty International said it has received reports of "internet blackouts, arbitrary arrests" and "excessive use of force — including police firing on demonstrators."

What they're saying: Julie Chung, Acting Assistant Secretary for the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in a statement Tuesday called for "the immediate release of those detained or missing for demanding freedom by exercising universal rights to free assembly [and] expression."

Go deeper... DHS chief tells Cubans, Haitians: "If you take to the sea, you will not come" to U.S.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Aug 8, 2021 - Health

Protests against vaccines, COVID restrictions, span the globe

Police place a face mask on an arrested protester at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on September 5, 2020 during an anti-lockdown rally. Photo: William West/AFP

Anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests aren't a strictly American phenomenon: Demonstrations have broken out around the world — from Australia to France and Israel to Bulgaria.

Why it matters: As the Delta variant surges, governments are increasingly mandating masks and vaccines for many activities . Vaccines have shown to be incredibly effective in preventing severe illness and death.

9 mins ago - World

Social Democrats' win in Germany could shake up Europe

Olaf Scholz caught the bouquet on Sunday. Photo: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty

BERLIN Angela Merkel's political farewell was spoiled Sunday night when the Social Democrats (SPD) narrowly claimed victory in Germany's elections, just four years after suffering their worst loss since World War II.

Why it matters: The stunning political comeback could swing the balance of power in Germany leftward after 16 years of rule by Merkel's conservative bloc, and it could lay the groundwork for a more ambitious European Union.

49 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Senate Republicans sink short-term government funding, debt limit bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Republicans on Monday voted down the House-passed bill to fund the government through Dec. 3 and raise the debt limit.

Why it matters: Congress is just 72 hours away from a potential shutdown, so now comes Democrats' Plan B. Democratic leadership is expected strip the short-term funding bill of language about raising the debt limit — the part that Republicans' reject — in order to pass a bill before federal agencies close down on Friday.