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With ‘Summit for Democracy,’ Biden seeks to rally nations against rising authoritarianism

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By Simon Lewis and Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden gathered more than 100 world leaders on Tuesday in a virtual “Summit for Democracy” intended to counter authoritarianism – and with Russia and China pointedly uninvited. In an opening speech, Biden said global freedom was under threat from autocrats seeking to expand power, export influence and justify repression. “Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. And we have to renew it with each generation,” he said. “In my view, this is the defining challenge of our time.” The president did not address any countries by nam…

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