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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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China raises coronavirus death toll; political shakeups in Brazil; restoring Notre Dame's soundscape

Chinese officials have revised their novel coronavirus fatality count, but insist there has been no coverup. And in the US, President Donald Trump tells governors they are responsible for opening up states' economies. Political shakeups in Brazil and Turkey point to questionable responses to the pandemic. In Bangladesh, coronavirus could put Rohingya refugee women in leadership roles. And rebuilding the Notre Dame de Paris is about more than the structure. Learn how acoustic research could help reconstruct the cathedral's unique soundscape.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit - Akram Khan

The World's Mary Kay Magistad introduces us to modern dance choreographer Akram Khan. He grew up in London, but his parents kept him in touch with his Bangladeshi roots. His latest piece examines the meaning of home in a globalized world.

Geo quiz and answer

We're calling today's Geo Quiz a "Geo-political Quiz." Anchor Marco Werman gets questions and answers from Carolyn O'Hara, senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine.

Global Politics

Bangladesh changes dress code

This week, the prime minister of Bangladesh re-wrote the government's dress code in hopes of easing the country's energy shortage. She ordered male government employees to stop wearing jackets and ties.

Arts, Culture & Media

Onion story

Corrections are part of the news business. But a couple of newspapers in Bangladesh are apologizing for making a BIG mistake this week. Here's a quick summary. They printed a story; the problem was� the story came from satirical news website, The Onion.

Environment

Raising Bangladesh

Some of the countries most at risk from climate change are low-lying nations. And chief among them is the South Asian country of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is experimenting with floods to prevent floods. Daniel Grossman has our story on PRI's The World.