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Protesters yell as DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., arrives for a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m Frances Alonzo reporting.

In U.S. politics, the head of the Democratic Party has resigned as the party's national convention opens today (Monday) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The resignation comes amid a fervor over leaked emails that show party leaders mocking and criticizing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, while he was waging a challenge to Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

VOA's Jim Malone reports the convention might not come off as smooth as had been expected.

“Now we have bad blood between the Democratic National Committee and the Sanders campaign, which also goes back several months, and we have Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the controversial chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee stepping down now over this furor.

“It’s interesting: The Democrats were anticipating (a) much more unified meeting than the Republicans had, but their issues are coming up, could be a problem and it looks like they are going to have to spend the next few days taking care of business at home before they can move on to putting Hillary Clinton out as the nominee and focusing more on Donald Trump.”

Jim Malone and the rest of the VOA political team will be covering events from Philadelphia this week. You can check for the latest.

German officials say a 27-year-old Syrian migrant who set off an explosion, killing himself and wounding 12 others near Nuremberg, had received psychiatric treatment and might have intended to set off the bomb at a music festival.

More than 2,000 people were evacuated from that festival after the explosion.

It was the fourth violent act in the country in the past week, and so far investigators have not found any motive for any of those attacks.

This is VOA News.

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