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Biden, Trump clash over cause of Western wildfires as blazes become election issue

Joe Biden called Trump a "climate arsonist" for failing to acknowledge the role of global warming in the West Coast while Trump, who authorized aid for both California and Oregon, questioned the science. Oregon officials say 22 people are missing and the state is deploying its National Guard.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus on Monday in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation.

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