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COVID-19: The latest from The World

Japan declares emergency; Coronavirus impacts democratic participation; Hezbollah's latest front line?

Japan has issued emergency declarations for several prefectures, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care. And, in Lebanon, Hezbollah's latest front line is the fight against coronavirus. And in Iran many are wondering if they can survive the disease and the financial crisis accelerated by US sanctions. Also, these monkeys at the Tulane National Primate Research Center are helping humans fight the coronavirus.

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Signs of hope in Spain and Italy; Stemming the economic impact of COVID-19; South Korea flattened the curve. What happens next?

US officials warn of "our Pearl Harbor moment" as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US nears 340,000. Europe and South Korea may be showing signs of hope. And, how are countries dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19 on their societies and banking systems? Also, the pandemic has changed the way people and products are moving around the world. Some hope that lessons learned can help in the fight against climate change.

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Coronavirus cases pass 1 million; poor communities left vulnerable; love in the time of corona

Global cases of the novel coronavirus have surged past 1 million. In the US, economists predict 30 million people could be out of work by the end of April. Poor communities in Kenya feel particularly vulnerable as the coronavirus spreads and the government enforces brutal crackdown measures. And love in the time of coronavirus: From video-chat first dates to impromptu cohabitation, love will find a way.

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Global leadership withers as strongmen grab power; Unemployment rises, frontline workers fear for livelihoods; Gaza Strip fears spread of the coronavirus

Novel coronavirus cases continue their exponential rise. But desperately needed global leadership is retreating behind national borders — and in some cases, leaders continue to deny the severity of the crisis. Also, unemployment in the US has hit record numbers, and health care workers around the globe continue to face personal and financial risks. And, should Americans be wearing masks in public? When the people are away, the animals will come out to play. In Wales, a herd of goats has taken to the streets of a resort town.

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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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German researchers work toward 'immunity passports'; Families in limbo as refugee resettlement is suspended due to COVID-19

As confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pass 800,000, German researchers are working to track who is immune to the virus and how that could get some people back to work. Also, refugee resettlement has been suspended due to the pandemic, leaving many in limbo. And, are international calls to lay down arms being heard? Coachella and Glastonbury are canceled, but one arts festival is embracing the opportunity to connect across the globe — via the internet.

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Trump extends restrictions through April; Africa’s most populous city on lockdown; In Senegal, COVID-19 safety measures conflict with cultural traditions

Despite earlier statements suggesting the US would be ready to open back up again by Easter, US President Donald Trump announced restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be extended until the end of April. And in Russia, where critics have argued that the country is underreporting coronavirus cases, health authorities in Moscow have ordered residents to stay at home. Also, how are you dealing with life under quarantine? Sing along with us in our version of “Sweet Caroline.”

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US leads in confirmed coronavirus cases; Germany's low mortality rate; How families around the world talk coronavirus with kids

The US now has the world's highest number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases — 86,000 — as global totals near 550,000. And as the US retreats to deal with its own crisis, rivals are filling the US gap in leadership in the world. As lawmakers prepare to implement a $2 trillion rescue package, businesses on the US-Mexico border are already feeling the strain of restrictions. And how do you explain coronavirus and lockdowns to your kids? Hear how children around the world are processing the pandemic.

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Rio's gangs tell residents to stay home as COVID-19 heightens inequality; UN calls for truce in war-torn Yemen, Gaza braces for COVID-19

Drug traffickers in Rio are ordering residents to stay home, and soldiers around the world are taking on the new mandate of enforcing lockdowns. Also, a UN call for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen — which is already facing a dire humanitarian crisis — was welcomed by warring parties. And a Palestinian Canadian doctor warns about the situation in Gaza. And, as Spain continues to be hit hard by the novel coronavirus, hotels are being turned into makeshift hospitals.

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Spain reports more deaths than China; Zimbabwe doctors strike; India's 1.3 billion people head into lockdown

Spain reports the world's second-highest number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus after Italy, as India locks down 1.3 billion people and Zimabwean doctors issue desperate calls for basic medical equipment. The US Senate is likely to vote on a $2 trillion economic stimulus package after days of intense negotiations. And while this summer's Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed, one Mexican American breakdancer hopes to go for gold in Paris in 2024.

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