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Huge Crowds Throng Sarasota Fairgrounds Hours Ahead of Trump Rally in Florida

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On 26 June, ex-President Donald Trump held a rally in Ohio amid thousands of supporters, where he slammed the performance of his successor Joe Biden’s administration as a “catastrophe” amid the crime wave sweeping major cities throughout the United States, the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern US border and economic woes.

Crowds of people have been lining up more than a day early for former President Donald Trump’s 4 July weekend rally in Sarasota, Florida.

Footage posted on social media has shown parked vehicles and tents at the Sarasota Fairgrounds with flags and slogans supporting the 45th president.

​The all-day event to support Trump’s Make America Great (MAGA) agenda and celebrate the achievements of his administration is co-sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida.

“Former President Trump can be any place but he’s chosen Sarasota. We have all the support and base that’s here, it’s exciting when a president or a former president comes to any area and he still has a lot of support in this area,” Jack Brill, acting chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County, said on WWSB.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. with a 9 p.m. fireworks show to follow, in commemoration of Independence Day – July 4.

“Look forward to the big Sarasota, Florida rally tomorrow night at 8PM!” Trump said in a tweemail on Friday.

The event will be Donald Trump’s second weekend rally in a row after one in Ohio on 26 June.

Addressing thousands of supporters Trump had called the results of the Biden administration’s performance a “catastrophe” and deplored the surge in crime recorded in major cities throughout the United States. He pointed to the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern US border and inflation-marred economic situation.

Trump also criticised the Biden administration for what he underscored were failures in foreign policy, including regarding China and Russia, and inability to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.


Former U.S. President Donald Trump tosses out a hat during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021

The rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Ohio, brought together thousands of his supporters.

A small plane flying above the crowd carried the banner: “Ohio is Trump country.”

While touching upon the 2022 elections during the rally, calling on Republican voters to deliver a “gigantic victory” for GOP lawmakers during the midterms, Trump skirted the issue of whether he would be running for office again in 2024.


A supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021.

While earlier teasing the possibility he might join the 2024 race in a spate of recent interviews, Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on 1 July that he has made up his mind about whether he will throw his hat int the ring.

During a Fox News town hall that Hannity hosted on Wednesday night, when the host asked:

“I have to ask… Without giving the answer what the answer is, have you made up your mind?”

“Yes,” Trump responded, clarifying: “It’s not that I want to. The country needs it. We have to take care of this country. It isn’t fun, fighting constantly, fighting always.”

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Brexit: British Embassy launches survey on key issues affecting UK nationals in Spain | Brexit | International

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The British Embassy in Madrid has launched a survey aimed at finding out how UK nationals in Spain have been affected by key issues, in particular, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, a process commonly known as Brexit.

The poll is for Britons who are full-time residents in Spain (not those with second homes) and are covered by the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, i.e. they were officially registered in the country before December 31, 2020, when the so-called Transition Period came to an end.

Questions in the survey address issues such as access to healthcare and the uptake of the TIE residency cards, which were introduced as a replacement for green residency cards (either the credit-card size or the A4 sheet version, officially known as the Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión).

As we approach a year since the end of the Transition Period, we really want to hear from you about the key issues…

Posted by Brits in Spain on Friday, September 17, 2021

The aim of the poll is to gather vital information on the experience of UK nationals living in Spain that will help the British Embassy provide feedback to Spanish authorities. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete, and all answers are confidential.

Have you heard our Spanish news podcast ¿Qué? Each week we try to explain the curious, the under-reported and sometimes simply bizarre news stories that are often in the headlines in Spain.

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‘The challenge for us now is drought, not war’: livelihoods of millions of Afghans at risk | Global development

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The war in Afghanistan might be over but farmers in Kandahar’s Arghandab valley face a new enemy: drought.

It has hardly rained for two years, a drought so severe that some farmers are questioning how much longer they can live off the land.

Mohammed Rahim, 30, grew up working on a farm along with his father and grandfather in the Arghandab district of Afghanistan’s southern province. Famous for its fruit and vegetables, the area is known as the bread basket of Kandahar.

Like most in the valley, Rahim’s family relies solely on farming. “The fighting has just stopped. Peace has returned,” Rahim says. “But now we face another war: drought.

“Now we have to dig deep to pump water out of the land. It has been two years, there has been little rain and we have a drought here. I don’t know if our coming generations can rely on farming the way our ancestors used to do.”

Pir Mohammed, 60, has been a farmer for more than four decades. “Not long ago, there were water channels flowing into the farm and we were providing the remaining water to other farmers,” says Mohammed. “Before, the water was running after us, flowing everywhere – but now we are running after water.”

The water used to come free from the river but now the daily diesel cost for the water pump is at least 2,500 Afghani (£21).

“We don’t make any profit. We are in loss, rather. Instead, we are using our savings. But we don’t have any other option as we do it for survival,” says Mohammed. “However, the scarcity of water has affected the quality of crops as well.”

About 70% of Afghans live in rural areas and are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of drought.

Last week, Rein Paulsen, director of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Office of Emergencies and Resilience, said severe drought was affecting 7.3 million people in 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.

He warned: “If agriculture collapses further, it will drive up malnutrition, increase displacement and worsen the humanitarian situation.”

Arghandab has been a favourite destination for farming because of the abundance of water and fertile lands. Neikh Mohammed, 40, left the Dand district of Kandahar to work in Arghandab in 2005. When he arrived he was amazed to see the greenery and pomegranate farms.

A dam affected by drought in Kandahar.
A dried up dam in Kandahar. A majority of Afghans are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of drought, as they live in rural areas. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

“It used to rain a lot here and we could not cross the river and come into our farms. We had a life with abundant water. But the past is another country now,” he says.

According to a report by the UN mission in Afghanistan, many local farmers were caught in the crossfire between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces. The Taliban carried out attacks from thick foliage on the farms, which provided a hiding place, ideal for an ambush.

“For the past 20 years, we did not have peace and could not work after dark in our farms. But now we can stay as long as we want without any fear,” says Neikh Mohammed. “Now the challenge is not just restoring peace but the drought and escalating cost of essential commodities.”

Farmers say they want support from international aid agencies and assistance from the new government headed by the Taliban to help them survive.

Pir Mohammed says: “The real challenge for us now is drought, not war. We need food, water, dams and infrastructure in our country. The world should invest in us and save us.”

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[Ticker] US to lift Covid travel-ban on EU tourists

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Fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the UK will be let back into the US from “early November” onward, the White House said on Monday, ending an 18-month ban and prompting airline firms’ shares to climb. “This new international travel system follows the science to keep Americans … safe,” a US spokesman said. The EU recently recommended increased restrictions on US visitors, amid anger at lack of US reciprocity.

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