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Italy moves to lock down entire country to contain coronavirus; Saudi Arabia's oil war could see backlash; Women 'disappear' in strike protesting inequality and violence

The entire country of Italy is on lockdown in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus — a unprecedented move for a democracy. Also, Saudi Arabia's oil price wars are risky for the global economy — and Saudi itself. But that seems to be Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's style. And diplomatic relations between the US and Iran are stalled, but Iran's government buildings in Washington, DC, hold stories of wild parties.

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Global markets reel and northern Italy shuts down amid COVID-19; Blasts in Kabul as rival inaugurations are held; Trial of MH17 downing begins in The Hague

Global markets are struggling to deal with the continued spread of COVID-19, and a cut to export oil prices adds another level of uncertainty. Meanwhile, northern Italy is on lockdown and schools have closed nationwide. Students rejoice, but parents worry. And, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration was disrupted by blasts Monday, and rival Abdullah Abdullah held his own swearing in ceremony. Also, the crisis at the Greece-Turkey border continues to unfold. The World is following it on the ground in Greece.

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Scientists develop antibody test to track disease spread; Putin, Erdoğan reach ceasefire agreement; 'Urgent' response needed to protect women against violence globally

Scientists in Singapore appear to be making advances with a new antibody test to help track the spread of COVID-19, while in the US, the Trump administration's response has been hampered by its declining trust in science. Turkey and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib province. And immigration experts warn that a new office of US Department of Justice could increase denaturalizations of US citizens.

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ICC says US can be investigated for war crimes; Putin and Erdoğan hold talks over Syria; Governments, businesses take measures to halt spread of COVID-19

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has authorized investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan, including alleged crimes by US forces. And, in Mexico, violence against women and girls has sparked outrage and calls for strikes to protest. And governments and businesses are taking increased measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. But the internet is providing some light-hearted reminders on how to keep germs at bay.

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US airstrikes on Taliban come days after peace deal; coronavirus global death rate reaches 3.4%; Biden, Sanders sweep Super Tuesday

The US launched an airstrike on Taliban fighters attacking Afghan forces Wednesday, just days after signing a peace deal outlining a possible end to the 18-year war. And, a newly conservative US Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a case that could put new restrictions on access to abortion, while in Latin America, US conservative groups are exercising influence in abortion-rights cases. Also, and is South Korea's approach to containing the novel coronavirus a model for the rest of the world?

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What's next for migrants and refugees on the EU border; COVID-19 and the cost of healthcare; Israeli elections show success for Netanyahu

The land border between Greece and Turkey has become a flash point as thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers try to make their way to Europe. As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in the US, concerns about the cost of dealing with the illness could thwart containment. And the "Remain in Mexico" program for asylum-seekers on the US southern border has left tens of thousands of people in limbo — and their court proceedings unprecedentedly difficult.

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US and Taliban sign peace deal; Turkey announces counteroffensive in Syria; South Korea seeks murder charges over COVID-19 spread

The US and the Taliban signed an agreement Saturday that could spell the end of a nearly two-decade war in Afghanistan. Turkey announced a counteroffensive in northern Syria, a first open declaration of war that comes after more than 30 Turkish soldiers were killed last week. And some Christians in Nigeria believe they are being persecuted for their faith, while others argue that insecurity isn't based on religion.

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Turkey won't stop refugees from going to Europe; Coronavirus now in sub-Saharan Africa; Slovakia and Israel head to the polls

The death of 33 Turkish soldiers killed in an airstrike in northern Syria has led to an escalation of violence. Turkey has indicated that it will no longer stop refugees from making their way to Europe. The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in sub-Saharan Africa, as Europe cracks down to contain the spread and markets continue to plunge. And a court ruling could finally push the US government to expedite visas for Afghan and Iraqi translators who have risked their lives to help the US military.

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Agencies warn of coronavirus spread in US; EU sees more asylum applications; Jerusalem's 'green' cable car plan

Health agencies warn that the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US is a question of when, not if, and more patients test positive in Europe and the Middle East. Trump continues his ongoing battle with the US justice system. Are his actions playing into Russia's hands? In Scotland, parliament is set to approve plans that would make sanitary products freely available for women.

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