Gustavo Petro announces that he will reopen the borders with Venezuela. Putin says that Russia is diverting trade to the BRICS countries. This is what you need to know to start the day. Truth first. 1. Who is Leonidas Iza, the indigenous leader leading the protests in Ecuador? Behind the wave of protests in Ecuador, which include clashes and road closures, is Leonidas Iza, the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), who claims for the prices of fuel and farm products, unemployment and crime, among other demands. Who is he? 2. Biden Calls for 3-Month Gas Tax Suspension President Joe Biden called on Congress in a speech Wednesday to suspend federal taxes on gasoline and diesel through the end of September, framing the move as necessary to provide a relief to American consumers, but that in itself is not enough to solve the problem of rising energy prices. Biden seeks to suspend fuel taxes in the US 1:15 3. Gustavo Petro announces that he will reopen the borders with Venezuela The president-elect of Colombia announced that once he takes office he will reopen the borders with Venezuela to “restore the full exercise of human rights” in that place. 4. Putin says Russia is diverting trade to BRICS countries Returning to the world stage amid his war in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia is redirecting its trade towards “reliable international partners,” such as the BRICS countries. The BRICS is a grouping of emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 5. Construction begins on a mega-prison for gang members in El Salvador The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced that construction work has begun on the Terrorism Confining Center. It is a new prison, far from the cities, which will have several levels of walls and 37 watchtowers, something that, according to the president on his Twitter account, will make “an escape impossible.” At coffee time Kraft macaroni and cheese will change its name Kraft macaroni and cheese will change its name after 85 years. The product will now be called like this. America’s Healthiest Communities As the country moves through a more controlled phase of the pandemic, Los Alamos County, New Mexico has been ranked America’s Healthiest Community for the third year in a row. Bayern Munich signs Sadio Mané for three years The 30-year-old striker has scored 120 goals in 259 appearances for England’s Liverpool since joining him in 2016 and led Senegal to their first African Cup of Nations title in February. Video: Sadio Mané returns to his roots 0:27 Five places that emerged due to droughts: this is how extreme weather reveals vestiges of past lives Whether in Mexico, Iraq, the United States or Spain, the vestiges of churches, cities or ancient cultures emerge from the waters as a result of droughts caused by global warming. Drought exposes ancient thousand-year-old city in Iraq 0:43 Today’s figure 8% Shares of Altria fell 8% on Wednesday, after a report said the FDA could order e-cigarette maker Juul to withdraw its products from store shelves. Altria owns a 35% stake in Juul. Study: Fewer smokers if menthol cigarettes were banned 1:12 Quote of the day “The person responsible, the murderer, has already been identified” The president of Mexico says that the “murderer” responsible for the death of two Jesuit priests in Chihuahua and the pope sends his condolences. The bodies have already been located. And finally… Meta launches a store to buy haute couture clothes for your avatar and generates ridicule on the internet You probably never imagined Mark Zuckerberg as a model of designer clothes. But the man who became famous with Facebook (and who always wears the same outfit) is now appointing high-end designers while branching out into selling virtual clothing for the avatars of the metaverse. Meta wants you to buy designer clothes for your avatar 2:01
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