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Blumenauer Announces Expected Vote on Federal Restaurant Relief Legislation

Under the terms of the legislation, grants would provide restaurants assistance for operating costs such as payroll and benefits, food, utilities, rent, and more.

Governor Seeks Review of Police Protest Response in Oregon

Videos from the demonstration in downtown Portland showed police grabbing a news photographer and pushing him to ground as he was trying to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk.

Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

NEWS BRIEFS

Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, Sept 29

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Teletha Aldridge Benjamin Named as Recipient of the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

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Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

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Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

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Oregon names new public health director amid virus pandemic

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3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

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No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Jaylen Waddle has been one of the nation's most dangerous return men, and a big-play receiver since first stepping on the football field for Alabama.The only thing holding him back: Four star receivers, one ball. There's still only one ball for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, but Waddle is higher...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

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OPINION

In Washington Post, Gupta Shows How Massive Voter Turnout Can Protect Our Democracy

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Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from Trump and Biden's first debate

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ENTERTAINMENT

Barry Jenkins to direct 'Lion King' follow-up

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Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods

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Review: A smart portrait of a living legend in ‘The Glorias'

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'I Am Woman' singer Helen Reddy, '70s hitmaker, dies at 78

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Dutch students work hard to keep virus out of shared houses

LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — This is not the student life Iris Raats had hoped for when she was accepted at...

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(CNN) -- Voters in Angola head to the polls Friday for the southern African nation's third election since it gained independence in 1975.

Under the terms of a constitution approved in 2010, the leader of the party that wins Friday's parliamentary vote will automatically become Angola's president.



President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has held power since 1979, is widely expected to retain the top spot as the head of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party.

The elections are only Angola's third since the oil-rich country won independence from Portugal in 1975, a development followed by a 27-year-long civil war, and how they're conducted will be seen as a benchmark of the country's progress after a decade of peace.

Elections in 1992 were abandoned midway and led to an outbreak of further violence, while the 2008 parliamentary vote was won by the MPLA with a landslide 82%.

The main opposition party, UNITA, a former civil war enemy of the MPLA, is among the nine political parties and coalitions contesting the election for 220 members of the National Assembly.

The party, which has alleged fraud in previous elections, has also voiced concerns about apparent irregularities in election campaigning this time around.

They include the scheduling of the vote only three days after a public holiday for the president's birthday, questions about voter rolls, and "what seems like a concerted effort by certain security forces to tell people in rural areas that if they do not vote for the ruling party, the country will be back to war," said Domingos Jardo Muekalia, UNITA's deputy secretary for external relations, speaking at the Chatham House think tank in London.

In 1992 and 2008, there were "substantial irregularities -- some intentional such as manipulation, fraud and intimidation and others resulting from inexperience," he said.

Rights group Human Rights Watch also accused the government of "numerous incidents of political violence, intimidation of protesters, and crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations," in a report issued on August 1.

"The human rights environment in Angola is not conducive for free, fair and peaceful elections," said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director for HRW.

"The Angolan government needs to stop trying to stifle peaceful protests, gag the independent press or use the state media for partisan purposes if these elections are to be meaningful."

Angola is sub-Saharan Africa's second-largest oil producer, pumping out more than 1.9 million barrels per day, and boasts an expanding investment portfolio in its former colonial master, Portugal, and in other parts of Africa.

But despite big spending on infrastructure and social programs since the end of its brutal civil war in 2002, corruption, poor governance and economic inequality remain serious issues for much of the country's population of about 18 million.

Angola ranked 168th out of 183 countries on Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, and was 148th out of 187 countries in the U.N.'s Human Development Index.

A number of small but consistent demonstrations have taken place in Angola since last year, revealing a growing frustration with the economic hardship that many still face in the country.

Over the last few months, civil war veterans have taken to the streets to demand overdue subsidy payments, and disgruntled youths and civil rights activists have staged rallies to voice their concerns about the lack of jobs and opportunities.

The protracted civil war killed up to 1.5 million people, according to the CIA World Factbook. About 4 million people were internally displaced, more than half of them children, the United Nations said.

After peace was established, the country faced the challenge of reestablishing civil institutions, rebuilding damaged infrastructure, clearing land mines and demobilizing large numbers of former fighters.

CNN's Teo Kermeliotis and Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

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