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Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.

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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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75 years since WWII Victory in Europe; DOJ drops charges against Flynn; LGBT helplines see surge

The world commemorates the 75th anniversary of WWII Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, as the UN chief warns of the "tsunami of hate" the pandemic has engendered around the globe. How has Vietnam managed so successfully against the coronavirus? And as Lebanon protests call out corruption, in the US, the Justice Department has dropped the case against Michael Flynn. Who is the woman who identified the first human coronavirus? Meet Scottish virologist June Almeida.

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Japan declares emergency; Coronavirus impacts democratic participation; Hezbollah's latest front line?

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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