World News Roundup: Pentagon chief seeks to reassure concerned Middle East allies; ‘Burning the metro’: Chile election divides voters between protest and order and more

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Pentagon chief seeks to reassure concerned Middle East allies

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin sought on Saturday to reassure allies in the Middle East that President Joe Biden’s administration was committed to the region despite Washington increasingly turning its attention towards countering China. It was unclear how much impact Austin’s speech would have with Washington’s allies in the Middle East since it was not backed by any announcements of further deployments or new weapon sales in the region.

‘Burning the metro’: Chile election divides voters between protest and order

For many Chileans, Plaza Baquedano, a broad rotary in central Santiago that for decades served as a center of social protest, has become a powerful symbol of hope. For two years, city residents have regularly gathered here https://graphics.reuters.com/CHILE-PROTESTS/0100B32527X/index.html to protest pensions that…

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