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WHO releases new guidelines, sends team to China; Elections in Singapore and Poland; Turkish court annuls Hagia Sophia decree

The WHO released new guidelines on Thursday acknowledging some reports of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. And, the WHO sent a team to China today to lay the groundwork for an investigation on the origins of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, several countries are making additional moves to reopen. The UK government announced that starting Friday, visitors arriving in England from 58 selected countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Hong Kong national security law to take effect; Iran sentences journalist to death; Koalas could be extinct by 2050 in New South Wales

A controversial national security law for Hong Kong is set to take effect, as pro-democracy advocates warn of eroding freedoms in the semi-autonomous region. New reports say US President Donald Trump was briefed in February about suspected Russian bounties on US soldiers, contradicting the president's claims. An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to death. An Australian inquiry shows koalas in NSW could become extinct by 2050.

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Trump denies knowledge of Russian bounties in Afghanistan; pandemic death toll reaches half a million; attack in Karachi

US President Donald Trump accused The New York Times of a possible "fabricated Russia Hoax" regarding a report that a Russian military intelligence unit offered Taliban-linked militants bounties for killing US service members in Afghanistan. Congress has demanded answers. The pandemic has infected more than 10 million people worldwide, as deaths surpass 500,000.

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China flexes its muscles; US, India hit single-day COVID-19 case highs; Evil Corp targets corporate America

China has been testing boundaries — both geographically and legally. The US hit a record single-day high of 40,000 reported coronavirus infections Thursday. India also experienced a record 24-hour spike. A Russian ransomware group that seems to have taken their name right out of the movies is launching attacks on corporate America: They call themselves Evil Corp.

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