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El Salvador’s congress has granted a request by President Nayib Bukele for a second one-month extention of the country’s anti-gang emergency decree. The vote Wednesday will extend the state of emergency, originally issued in late March, for another 30 days. The measure was approved with 67 votes in the 84-seat congress, where Bukele’s party holds a majority. Bukele has used emergency powers to round up about 34,500 suspected gang members following a spate of killings in March. Rights groups have criticized the measures, saying arrests are often arbitrary, based on a person’s appearance or where they live.

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been proclaimed the next president of the Philippines by a joint session of Congress following a landslide electoral triumph 36 years after his dictator father was ousted in a pro-democracy uprising. The Senate and House of Representatives also declared that his separately elected vice presidential running mate, Sara Duterte, won by a wide margin. She is the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, whose turbulent term ends on June 30. Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte will lead a nation battered by COVID-19 lockdowns, crushing poverty, gaping inequality, Muslim and communist insurgencies, crime and political divisions further inflamed by the May 9 election.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to strengthen his control of southern Ukraine by giving residents of two regions a fast path to Russian citizenship. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to bolster Russia's army, which is fighting an intense battle for Ukraine’s east. Putin visited a Moscow military hospital on Wednesday and met with some soldiers wounded in Ukraine. Three months into the war, Russian rockets pounded towns in the industrial Donbas region. Ukraine’s foreign minister said the situation there was “extremely bad.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that he'd be willing to negotiate with Putin directly but said Moscow needs to retreat to the positions it held before the Feb. 24 invasion.

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Dina walks out of her home ruined by shelling in Horenka, on the outskirts Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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A single vessel carrying 842 Haitians who apparently were trying to reach the United States has landed instead in central Cuba. It appears to be the largest group yet in a swelling exodus of people from crisis-stricken Haiti. The U.S. Coast Guard and other nations have reported intercepting boats carrying well over 100 Haitians in recent months. Red Cross officials in the Cuban province of Villa Clara said Wednesday that the 842 Haitians have been given medical attention and are being housed at a tourist campground. The group  arrived Tuesday at Villa Blanca, about 180 miles east of Havana.

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Haitian migrants wait to be processed and receive medical attention at a tourist campground in Sierra Morena, in the Villa Clara province of Cuba, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, government news media said Wednesday. (AP Photo Ramon Espinosa)

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Haitian migrants wait to be processed and receive medical attention at a tourist campground in Sierra Morena, in the Villa Clara province of Cuba, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, government news media said Wednesday. (AP Photo Ramon Espinosa)

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Haitian migrants wait to be processed and receive medical attention at a tourist campground in Sierra Morena, in the Villa Clara province of Cuba, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, government news media said Wednesday. (AP Photo Ramon Espinosa)

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Haitian migrants wait to be processed and receive medical attention at a tourist campground in Sierra Morena, in the Villa Clara province of Cuba, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, government news media said Wednesday. (AP Photo Ramon Espinosa)

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Haitians wait to be processed and receive medical attention at a tourist campground in Sierra Morena, in the Villa Clara province of Cuba, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, government news media said Wednesday. (AP Photo Ramon Espinosa)