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NASA, SpaceX to launch rocket; EU, Japan plan huge stimulus efforts; Twitter marks Trump tweets with fact-check label

Two American astronauts are set to make history on a SpaceX rocket launching from the Kennedy Space Center today. The European Union and Japan have unveiled huge stimulus packages to help economies rebound in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Also, Twitter slaps a fact-check label on US President Donald Trump's tweets for the first time. In China, officials are urging a change to a long-standing chopstick tradition. And, bilingual comedians are working to reach their audiences through the pandemic.

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Coronavirus cases surpass 5 million; New laws expected to crack down on Hong Kong; Cyclone Amphan kills dozens

After the worst day for infections on record, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed the 5 million. And as China prepares for its annual National People’s Congress on Friday, new laws cracking down on Hong Kong’s independence are expected to be proposed today. Also, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the performing arts, and some people in London are wondering if it’s curtains for the city’s West End theater district.

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One of the strongest cyclones in a decade makes landfall in India and Bangladesh; Germany announces rules to block hostile takeovers of health care companies

The deadly Cyclone Amphan made landfall today in India and Bangladesh as millions evacuated amid the coronavirus crisis. And, Germany announced new rules that give the government the power to veto hostile takeovers of health care companies. Also, Canadian activists say they’re being targeted by China.

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Powerful cyclone prompts millions to evacuate; Trump threatens WHO funding, US membership; Tracking the growing list of COVID-19 symptoms

A powerful cyclone is headed toward India and Bangladesh, prompting millions to evacuate and compounding fears over the novel coronavirus. US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization as the body urges global cooperation. And, one study is crowdsourcing the growing list of COVID-19 symptoms. Also, major global events often inspire iconic art and cultural shifts. One byproduct of the 1918 flu pandemic? Zombies.

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Rwandan genocide suspect found after decades; The dangers of 'vaccine nationalism'; Probe launched after Trump ousts State Dept. watchdog

After two decades at large, Félicien Kabuga, one of the accused perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide, has been apprehended. And, the World Health Organization is convening a global assembly to coordinate the fight against the coronavirus, but diplomatic rows could undermine the effort. And some warn of the risks of "vaccine nationalism." Also, in New York's Little Manila, the community is coming together to take care of Filipino health workers, who play an outsize role in US health care.

What effect is the novel coronavirus having on children?; Palestinians mark Nakba, as Netanyahu looks to annex West Bank; Pachinko parlors defy Japan’s shutdown

A lethal inflammatory syndrome, possibly linked to the novel coronavirus, is beginning to appear in children around the world. Brexit? Yeah, that's still happening. But with seven months before negotiations are set to be completed, the pandemic is complicating things. And, women's pro soccer was making strides toward parity with men. Will coronavirus change that? Also, why are some men still flocking to pachinko parlors in Japan?

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UN warns of potential global mental health crisis; Food production in jeopardy during pandemic; US pressure to keep factories open in Mexico

The pandemic has put the world at risk of a mental health crisis, especially in communities already hard-hit by disaster. And, food security is a critical issue in East Africa, where locusts have compounded the effects of COVID-19. Also, Italy is allowing undocumented migrants to apply for temporary permits, while the US is pushing Mexican factories to remain operational. Plus, travel can soon begin in the Baltic countries, which will open a regional travel "bubble" after making strides in containing the coronavirus.

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Pompeo visits Israel; Europe wants a summer travel season; Lebanon counters second virus wave

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel, where Iran, China and the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories is on the agenda. Europe is optimistic about a summer travel season. But Lebanon, facing a potential resurgence of the novel coronavirus, has locked down. And Malaysia is applying lessons from its experience with the Nipah virus. In Shanghai, Disneyland is reopened — but pandemic precautions are making their mark on the magical place.

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