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Live from NPR news. I'm child. Snyder. President. Biden is now in Brussels for a summit of NATO leaders. The meeting comes a day after the G seven concluded its three day summit in England. With a statement that, among other things, focused criticism on China. NPR's frank Langfitt reports, the group of seven of the world's largest economies said it would call out China and human rights abuses in the country's foreign northwest region of Xinjiang and repression in Hong Kong. Group also called for an expert lead study on the origins of the coronavirus in China. Speaking at a press conference, President Joe Biden said Western democracy face a fundamental challenge. I think we're in a contest not with China per se. Context with autocrats. Autocratic governments around the world as whether or not democracies can compete with them in a rapidly changing 21st century, Reuters quoted a spokesman from the Chinese Embassy, saying the days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone. Frank Langfitt. NPR NEWS London Starting this week, South Carolina could see two back to back executions, the first in 10 years. The state just changed its death penalty law, making the electric chair the main method because lethal injection drugs were no longer available. South Carolina Public Radio's Victoria Hanson reports. Democratic State representative Justin Bamberg calls the change unconstitutional. Inmates currently on death row were sentenced under the old law, which allowed them to choose lethal injection over the state's 109 year old electric chair. Bamberg argues that option could have not only impacted their legal strategy, but jurors and if the jury Was charged with a different law at the com Who's to say that they would have even sentenced these people to death. Lawsuits immediately filed have been denied so unless a high court intervenes Two executions will be carried out one week apart beginning this Friday. For NPR News on Victoria Hansen in South Carolina Federal court in Alabama is expected to rule as soon as this week in a lawsuit that could result in major delays to upcoming elections in the United States. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports the pandemic and last minute schedule. Changes by Trump officials have already forced the Census Bureau to delay releasing the 2020 census data about people's race another demographic information for almost five months. Alabama is asking for an emergency court order that would force severe to develop new data privacy protections, which severe says could take 6 to 7 months. Alabama's arguing the bureau's current plans would make the data unusable because of how it fuzz is a census results. Bureau says the planet finalized last week will ensure quote the accuracy of data necessary for redistricting and voting Rights Act enforcement this cases before three Judge court and is expected to be appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court. This is NPR news. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce today that coronavirus restrictions in England will not be eased as planned later this month. The government has said that they had said it would have lifted remaining restrictions on June 21st. But there's been a rise of infections in the U. K blamed on the Delta variant, first identified in India. The G seven summit over the weekend, Johnson conceded it had grown more pessimistic about lifting the restrictions. Israel's new prime minister calling for unity Naftali Bennett open to the first meeting of the country's new government last night, saying Israel is at the outset of new days. And it is leading Israel's first governments in 12 years not led by Benjamin Netanyahu. Israelis part Israel's parliament by the narrowest of March. It's approved of the new administration yesterday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged Ottawa support for Ukraine as Dan Carpenter shock reports Ukraine's call to join NATO comes ahead of this week's first face to face meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. At issue Russia's annexation of Crimea, its military build up on Ukraine's border and allegations of Russian interference in US elections. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has also raised the issue of NATO membership with both Biden and Trudeau in a statement. Trudeau's office would only say Ottawa supports Ukraine's Euro Atlantic aspirations, and a spokeswoman said there was nothing more to add. Past. Canadian governments have advocated Ukraine joining NATO, but the issue could be a line in this and for Russia, and some analysts say Canada and other allies should be cautious and how it proceeds. For NPR news. I'm Dan Carpenter Chuck in Toronto and I'm TRIAL. Snyder NPR news Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include the Joyce Foundation, committed to advancing racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region. Learn more at Joyce fdn dot org. And the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Six minutes after two o'clock. Good morning. I'm Jean Marie. We'll start off this hour of the morning edition. With the news Brief. Israel's parliament votes in new government President Biden meets with leaders of other NATO member countries and the Covid 19 death toll nears a total of 600,000 people in the United States. Those stories coming up in just a minute here on KQED and later this morning on KQED News. California is dealing with intense drought conditions concerning scientists about potentially devastating wildfires. Some researchers here are helping collect data that gives them critical information about fire behavior. Also, we'll hear about a group of young activists. They've been marching over 250 miles in support of climate justice policies, and they end their walk in San Francisco today. Those stories coming up at 6 22 and 8 22 this morning here on KQED Public Radio, your National Weather Service forecast for this Monday. June 14th the cloudy start to the morning and then becoming sunny and breezy with highs in the fifties at the coast to near 80 inland. The forecast high for San Francisco today is 67. Oakland is expected to get up to 71. The high and conquered today should be 81 in Sacramento today, a bit warmer forecast high of 86. Warming increases during the week and we actually have an excessive heat watch in effect for Sacramento starting Thursday.

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