Nov 26, 2018

Ukraine approves martial law for 30 days in response to Russia clash

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressing the country's parliament. Photo: Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Ukraine's parliament has voted to impose martial law for 30 days in regions of the country under threat from "Russian aggression," giving its government broad military power over its citizens in those areas in response to an escalation of tensions with Russia near Crimea.

The big picture: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had originally proposed martial law for 60 days across the whole of the country, causing skepticism from his political opponents as he faces plunging approval ratings, per the AP. Poroshenko's proposal also could have meant the delay of the nation's presidential election in March, but the parliament's decision ensures that the election will take place as scheduled.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

Demonstrators gather at Lafayette Park across from the White House to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.