Leaders

Women leaders eschew ‘macho-man’ politics in COVID-19 response

New Zealand is “halfway down Everest,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said of the country’s battle with the coronavirus. New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway all have notably low rates of fatalities and Germany stands out in central Europe for its low death rate. The seven countries have something else in common: All are led by women. Is it a coincidence or are women leaders better at managing the coronavirus?

Belief

Buddhist nun recommends calming the mind to cope with pandemic

Buddhists believe the path to enlightenment requires periods of detachment from the world — so self-quarantine offers an opportunity. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a Buddhist nun and social activist, speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the role of meditation and reflection during the spread of COVID-19.

Top of The World

Coronavirus most challenging crisis since World War II; US offers sanctions relief to Venezuela; Madrid's health system under duress

The UN called the novel coronavirus pandemic the most challenging crisis for the world since World War II. And confusion over aid shipments hits Washington, DC, as the Trump administration accepts humanitarian assistance from Russia. The US offers potential sanctions relief to Venezuela. And in Madrid, an ice rink turns into a morgue as health workers struggle.

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