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Trump denies knowledge of Russian bounties in Afghanistan; pandemic death toll reaches half a million; attack in Karachi

US President Donald Trump accused The New York Times of a possible "fabricated Russia Hoax" regarding a report that a Russian military intelligence unit offered Taliban-linked militants bounties for killing US service members in Afghanistan. Congress has demanded answers. The pandemic has infected more than 10 million people worldwide, as deaths surpass 500,000.

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North Korea destroyed the liaison office with the South; Beijing imposed coronavirus restrictions; France backs away from chokehold ban

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, North Korea blew up the liaison office used to improve relations with South Korea on Tuesday. And, in a move to stop a flare-up of new coronavirus cases, Beijing has imposed restrictions on public transport and banned high-risk people, such as those in close contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19, from leaving the city. Also, three Indian soldiers were killed today in a confrontation with Chinese troops in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

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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Live discussion: How do we reopen workplaces safely amid the coronavirus crisis?

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Governments around the world are looking to start reopening society. But there have been a variety of approaches, and many people want to know: When is it safe to go back to work? As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Joseph Allen from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health discussing how to make an office environment safe amid the coronavirus crisis.

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French landmark and wind power

The Geo Quiz is making a pilgrimage of sorts. We're looking for a tiny, tidal island, right off the coast of Normandy in France. A government plan to erect wind turbines nearby is now threatening its status as a World Heritage Site.

Bathed In Glory

Every Thursday, we present you with three nominees in the running to be BATHED in GLORY. Exercise your rights as a Fair Game listener by choosing one; we'll declare the winner on Friday's show.

Sarkozy popularity dips

Sarkozy's poll numbers are down, and Sarkozy's glamorous lifestyle has alienated some voters, while an economic slowdown has others worried about the future

France and the Arab World

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been making deals in the Middle East recently to boost France's profile there but the moves are also attracting the attention of Islamic extremists, as The World's Gerry Hadden reports.

New report ranks environmental efforts

A new report was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2008 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries for their efforts in addressing environmental issues

Bank scandal in France

Correspondent Genevieve Oger has the latest on the discovery of a massive fraud hitting one of France's most important banks today