The Daily Populous

Saturday July 1st, 2023 day edition

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Details: The outlets found out that in recent years, the gold refineries in Switzerland have processed a large amount of gold of Russian origin, which came through London.

In total, since 2021, 110 tonnes of gold worth more than 6 billion Swiss francs [about US$6.6 billion] have passed through Swiss refineries.

Since the start of the full-scale war in March 2022, 75 tonnes have been refined in Switzerland alone.

Before the full-scale war, Switzerland imported an average of 20 tonnes of Russian gold per year, while in the first five months of this year alone, 38 tonnes of gold from Russia were imported into Switzerland through London.

At the same time, refineries in Switzerland do not see any connection between the processing of gold of Russian origin and Russia's aggressive war in Ukraine.

They claim that the gold was imported to the UK before the invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions.

The country's customs service claims that all recent imports of gold of Russian origin have not violated sanctions or legislation. »

Biden reveals ‘new path’ to student debt relief after Supreme Court strikes down president’s plan

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After the US Supreme Court struck down his administration’s plan to cancel federal student loan debts for millions of Americans, President Joe Biden has unveiled a “new path” for relief, one that he assured is “legally sound” but will “take longer”.

Under the plan unveiled by the Biden administration last year, millions of people who took out federally backed student loans would be eligible for up to $20,000 in relief.

Like Mr Biden, the education secretary slammed GOP officials for having accepted aid for their own businesses while opposing student debt relief, and he slammed the Supreme Court for having stepped in to stop the relief initiative. »

Supreme court leaves intact Mississippi law disenfranchising Black voters

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The list is rooted in the state’s 1890 constitutional convention, where delegates chose disenfranchising crimes that they believed Black people were more likely to commit.

The state is about 38% Black, but Black people make up more than half of Mississippi’s disenfranchised population.

Challengers to the law argued that the policy was unconstitutional because it bore the “discriminatory taint” from the 1890 constitution. »

A Texas Family Passed Up Millions to Turn Their Ranch Into a Nature Preserve

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Who: The Urbanczyk family, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, and a host of other conservation-minded individuals and organizations.

But the kids grew up—all three of them held their weddings on the ranch—and moved on to lives of their own.

Ronnie compares handing over the ranch to giving away his daughters in marriage—there’s something bittersweet and deeply emotional about it. »

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is barred from running for office until 2030

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Five judges on the nation’s highest electoral court agreed that Bolsonaro used government communication channels to promote his campaign and sowed distrust about the vote.

In her decisive vote that formed a majority, Judge Carmen Lucia — who is also a Supreme Court justice — said “the facts are incontrovertible.”.

It removes Bolsonaro from the 2024 and 2028 municipal elections as well as the 2026 general elections. »