The World's Matthew Bell reports on global reaction to the latest indications that the US economy is in a recession, as stock markets around the world stumbled today following news of a buyout of the Wall Street firm Bear Stearns.
A growing number of K-pop star wannabes are coming from Japan. The influx of Japanese talent is reshaping South Korea's K-pop industry, but comes at a time of increasingly bitter political acrimony between the two countries that has damaged diplomatic ties.
The conflict between South Korea and Japan has been going on for decades, but the past few months are somewhat uncharted territory for the two countries, which have nevertheless enjoyed robust trade. Today, six in 10 South Koreans are currently participating in the “No Japan” boycott.
Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China.
Coronavirus fears led to a historic drop in US stocks, shut borders and disrupted daily life around the world, as governments took increasingly drastic measures to try to reduce the severity of the global outbreak.
The International Olympic Committee is stepping up its "scenario planning" for the Tokyo 2020 Games — including a possible postponement — as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it said after an emergency meeting on Sunday.
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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