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July 15, 2021: Biden’s spending plan, Xinjiang ban, Oregon wildfire, South Africa, Britney Spears

Reuters, 15 Jul 2021
Five stories to know for July 15:

1. President Joe Biden made the case for his sweeping, two-track infrastructure initiative on Capitol Hill, a day after leading Senate Democrats agreed on a $3.5 trillion plan billed as the biggest boost in decades for U.S. families.

2. The U.S. Senate passed legislation to ban the import of products from China's Xinjiang region, the latest effort in Washington to punish Beijing for what U.S. officials say is an ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim groups.

3. A swiftly spreading wildfire raged through drought-parched timber and brush in south-central Oregon for a ninth day, threatening nearly 2,000 homes and displacing hundreds of residents.

4. A week of violence that has engulfed South Africa slowly began to ebb, and people counted the cost of an orgy of arson and looting that has destroyed hundreds of businesses and killed at least 70 people.

5. Singer Britney Spears won the right to choose her own lawyer to help her end a 13-year-long conservatorship and tearfully pleaded for the court to oust her father immediately from the role of controlling her business affairs.



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