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Iranian sailors dead after 'friendly fire' incident; India, UK ease restrictions, but Brazil struggles as hot spot

An Iranian missile struck its own vessel in an accident in the Gulf of Oman. In Afghanistan, families are demanding answers after Iranian officials allegedly drowned 45 migrants. Also, India is restarting train service, and the UK is sending mixed messages about reopening. But in Brazil, the country can't seem to lock down. And, Mother's Day is a huge day for the flower industry, but this year, many beautiful blooms are headed for the trash.

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75 years since WWII Victory in Europe; DOJ drops charges against Flynn; LGBT helplines see surge

The world commemorates the 75th anniversary of WWII Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, as the UN chief warns of the "tsunami of hate" the pandemic has engendered around the globe. How has Vietnam managed so successfully against the coronavirus? And as Lebanon protests call out corruption, in the US, the Justice Department has dropped the case against Michael Flynn. Who is the woman who identified the first human coronavirus? Meet Scottish virologist June Almeida.

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Germany has 'emergency brake' in case of virus surge, US shelves CDC guidelines; Iraq approves new government, prime minister

As Germany eases coronavirus restrictions, Merkel announced an "emergency brake" mechanism in case of a new surge. In Iraq, a new prime minister has taken office. Hunger among immigrants and refugees is another crisis facing the US. And as federal funds lag, Irish people step up to help Native American tribes. And, one stay-at-home trio has the tunes to get you through isolation. Finally, Andy Serkis offers an outlet for quarantine with a marathon reading of LOTR: "See, my precious, if we has it, then we can escape."

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Experts update predictions on economic crisis; Iraqi protesters are regrouping; Saving a trove of Viking artifacts

The economic fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic will have wide-ranging consequences. In Southeast Asia, some fear it will increase trafficking and forced labor. Iraqi protesters are regrouping, even as the pandemic has hampered street demonstrations. And for many immigrants' families worldwide, remittences are a lifeline. Those payments are expected to plummet. A frozen pass in Norway holds secrets of the Viking era. Plus, this sourdough library is a quarantine baker's dream.

World leaders push for drugs, vaccines to fight coronavirus; Maduro detains Americans; How are people coping with ‘skin hunger’?

World leaders pledged billions in the race for vaccines and drugs to fight the coronavirus — but some nations, including the US, were conspicuously absent. And, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro detained two Americans allegedly trying to oust him from leadership. Also, as South Koreans turn to drive-in movies for entertainment, artists around the world are finding inspiration in quarantine.

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Anti-China sentiment on the rise; Italy slowly emerging from lockdown; Pandemic exposes the 'violence of social inequality'

The Trump administration is continuing to ramp up its combative language on China and the coronavirus pandemic. An internal report in China suggests global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Also, Italy, one of the hardest hit countries by COVID-19, has begun lifting lockdown restrictions. And, Long Distance Art, an international, multidisciplinary collaborative art series that grew out of the The Social Distancing Festival, has launched.

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Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

As May Day celebrations and rallies have been curtailed, workers around the world are pushing for their rights. Fuel shortages are making life harder for Venezuelans, especially essential workers. And even as Lebanon teeters on the edge of economic collapse, some Americans are choosing to ride out the pandemic there. Meanwhile, Sweden's gardeners have become real party poopers.

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Where is the world in the race to combat coronavirus? 'Only renewables' holding up in global energy slump; As the coronavirus drags on, Mexico's food prices soar

Where is the world in a search for a vaccine or treatment for the novel coronavirus? And, in Mexico, food prices are rising as the pandemic continues. Experts worry about the long-term effects of the global health crisis on food insecurity. Also, Lithuania is taking an innovative approach to reopening public spaces. Plus in France, dentists are stripping down for a cause.

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1.5 billion could lose livelihoods; International students caught in limbo; Ghana's dancing pallbearers go 'viral'

Half of workers worldwide are at risk of losing their livelihoods due to the novel coronavirus, the International Labor Organization estimates. In the US, international students contribute some $41 billion annually to the economy. But will they be able to return to campus in the fall? Is war the best metaphor for the coronavirus? And, Ghana's dancing pallbearers have gone viral: "Stay home or dance with us."

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Brazilian Supreme Court orders probe into Bolsonaro; El Salvador prison crackdown risks coronavirus spread; Harvard student creates PPE supply chain from China to Boston

Brazil's Supreme Court has launched an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro following accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice. And, in El Salvador, a crackdown against jailed gang members has sparked human rights concerns. The World Health Organization warns that the pandemic could cause a deadly delay in vaccinations against other potentially lethal diseases. Also, are you documenting how your life has changed during the pandemic? Now you can share it with the Corona Diaries.

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