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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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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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Using Food to Tell the Story of War

Annia Ciezadlo explores the relationship between food and war in her new book, "Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love, and War." A correspondent in Iraq and Lebanon for seven years, Annia Ciezadlo says that preparing meals helped her report.

Bomb attack in Beirut

Ben Gilbert reports on a bomb attack in Beirut today that targeted a US embassy car; the explosion killed at least 3 people, and none of the victims were Americans.

Lebanese film open in US

The Lebanese film "Caramel," is a story about five women who meet regularly at a local beauty salon; it's been a number one hit in Lebanon and now it's coming to the United States, as Beth Accomando reports.

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is 21. As in -- there are 21 countries that boast a Mediterranean coastline. Reporter Ben Gilbert is along the coast in southern Lebanon, where two women are helping to protect the Mediterranean's endangered sea turtles.

Working the system in Lebanon

The World's Aaron Schachter sends us an audio postcard from Lebanon, where a weekend winter storm gives a glimpse of the magical and illogical aspects of the country he now calls home.

Car bombs kills top Hezbollah member

The World's Aaron Schachter reports on reaction to a car bombing in Syria today that killed Imad Mughniyeh, a senior member of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Lifestyle & Belief

Two memorial ceremonies in Lebanon

Lebanon mourned two very different leaders today: some Lebanese were remembering former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a car bombing in Beirut three years ago today; others attended a funeral for a Hezbollah senior commander

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The man who wanted to save the world

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Samantha Power about her new book, "Chasing The Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World;� the book was inspired by the life and tragic death of the man who led the UN mission in Iraq in 2003.