Chileans celebrate Independence Day with dancing on the streets | AFP

Just like every year, couples in Santiago sing and dance to the sound of cueca, the traditional Chilean folk music, to celebrate Independence Day. But this time around, anti-virus measures are implemented.

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Mexican President takes part in military Independence Day parade | AFP

Mexico’s President Obrador takes part in a military parade to mark 210 years since the country’s independence, whilst respecting social distancing measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has so far led to over 70.000 deaths.

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Hundreds shun social distancing at street party in virus-hit Rio | AFP

Aerial images show hundreds of people dancing maskless and packeing the streets of Rio de Janeiro, where early morning street parties took place during Brazil’s long Independence Day weekend. The Covid-19-stricken Latin American country is easing some of the restrictions imposed to fight the virus.

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Here’s the latest for Monday, September 7th: Labor Day unofficially kicks off fall campaign season; Russia’s Navalny off induced coma, responsive; Brazil celebrates Independence Day; Mexico City’s Fine Arts Palace Museum readies for reopening.

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Mixed feelings in Brazil as thousands flock to Rio’s beaches despite pandemic | AFP

Thousands of people gather on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro during the holiday weekend ahead of Brazil’s Independence Day, as the country eases quarantine measures despite surpassing 4 million coronavirus cases with more than 125,000 deaths.

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Trump’s angry words and virus make for a sombre US July 4th weekend | AFP

The United States marked an unusually sombre Independence Day, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China — but praising the country’s coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

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9/11 Memorial reopens on 4th of July in New York City after months-long closure | AFP

People gather around one of the pools at the 9/11 Memorial as it reopens on Independence Day after months-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 9/11 Museum, which closed at the same time as the Memorial, in March, remains closed to the public. IMAGES

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US Independence Day fireworks explode over Mount Rushmore National Memorial | AFP

Fireworks explode above Mount Rushmore National Monument on Friday during an Independence Day event attended by the US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump in Keystone, South Dakota. The mood of this normally joyous day has been darkened by a record surge in coronavirus cases and ongoing racial tensions and protests.

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Audience sits close at Trump’s Mt Rushmore event

While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big, with events at Mount Rushmore and the nation’s capital. (July 4)

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White House is central to DC July 4th celebrations

For more than two centuries the White House has always played a central role in the Independence Day celebrations for the nation’s capital. (July 2)

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Bust of King Leopold II removed from Belgian city of Ghent | AFP

City officials in Belgian city of Ghent remove bust of former King Leopold II on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Independence Day.

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Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum were joined by an A-list crowd at the premiere of alien invasion hit “Independence Day,” in Hollywood. (June 25)

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Coronavirus: Greeks celebrate Independence Day from balconies | AFP

Greeks are celebrating Independence Day indoors, without the usual parades and rallies due to the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of the usual parade by schoolchildren and the annual military parade, this year military aircraft flew over the country to mark the day.

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Tens of thousands join far-right Independence Day march in Poland | AFP

Poland’s far right attracts tens of thousands to a march in Warsaw to mark the country’s Independence Day just weeks after making significant gains in national elections. This year’s march comes a month after Poland’s Confederation, a new far-right libertarian coalition, won nine seats in the October 13 parliamentary elections.

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Mexican president’s first ‘El Grito’ kicks off Independence Day celebrations | AFP

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador performs the ceremonial duty of ‘El Grito’ or ‘the shout’ to mark the start of Independence Day celebrations in Mexico City.

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Here’s the latest for Monday August 19th: Attacks strike sites in Afghanistan as country marks its Independence Day; Rep. Justin calls for Trump’s impeachment; Denmark’s PM says Greenland not for sale; Doggy Con hits Atlanta.

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Indonesia celebrates Independence Day with greasy pole contest | AFP

Indonesians hold a greasy pole climbing competition as part of celebrations to mark the country’s Independence Day. Hundreds of participants climb 174 slippery poles to collect prizes at the top.

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India’s Modi hails Kashmir move on Independence Day | AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails his move to strip the restive region of Kashmir of its autonomy, in a tub-thumping speech marking Indian Independence Day.

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Independence Day celebrations take place in Washington, DC | AFP

Marching bands, flags, floats and a giant inflatable red, white and blue cake as thousands gather in Washington DC to celebrate Independence Day. IMAGES

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Preparations underway for Independence Day parade in Washington | AFP

The capital of the United States prepares itself ready for a national holiday on July 4 that is very different from those that preceded it, with President Donald trump promising the “show of a lifetime”.

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