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Trump appears to recognize magnitude of virus; Economic disarray, as coronavirus prompts bailouts; Nine years on, we still dream of a free Syria

US President Donald Trump appears to more clearly understand the severity of the novel coronavirus pandemic after months of downplaying the crisis. And, the economic ramifications of the pandemic are widespread — and unprecedented. How will the global economy revive itself? Also, it's been nine years since the start of the Syrian war. One doctor shares his reflections.

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Global coronavirus cases surpass those in China; Deportations could accelarate COVID-19 spread; Living under lockdown in the Eternal City

The number of coronavirus cases outside of China has surpassed those within the country, where the epidemic originally was discovered. Also, governments around the world are taking extraordinatry steps to halt the spread of COVID-19. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in a debate Sunday overshadowed by the virus. And Dr. Anthony Fauci — the US authority on infectious disease — hasn't ruled out the necessity of a national shutdown. A freelancer in Rome shares what lockdown has been like in Italy.

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Scientists develop antibody test to track disease spread; Putin, Erdoğan reach ceasefire agreement; 'Urgent' response needed to protect women against violence globally

Scientists in Singapore appear to be making advances with a new antibody test to help track the spread of COVID-19, while in the US, the Trump administration's response has been hampered by its declining trust in science. Turkey and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib province. And immigration experts warn that a new office of US Department of Justice could increase denaturalizations of US citizens.

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ICC says US can be investigated for war crimes; Putin and Erdoğan hold talks over Syria; Governments, businesses take measures to halt spread of COVID-19

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has authorized investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan, including alleged crimes by US forces. And, in Mexico, violence against women and girls has sparked outrage and calls for strikes to protest. And governments and businesses are taking increased measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. But the internet is providing some light-hearted reminders on how to keep germs at bay.

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Coronavirus continues global spread; 'America loves India'; Israel strikes sites in Gaza and Syria

The novel coronavirus continues to spread as four countries in the Middle East announced their first cases and Italy is issuing lockdowns. US President Donald Trump is in India, where he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are touting their close relationship. And in Chile, women are calling for political change with a traditional form of protest — embroidery.

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Carter visits Syria

The World's Aaron Schachter reports on former US President Jimmy Carter's visit to Syria today; the former president has angered the Bush Administration and their Israeli government by meeting with leaders of Hamas.

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Israel and Syria

Israel's foreign minister Tzipi Livni could become the country's next prime minister. She's pledged to continue peace negotiations with Syria started by Ehud Olmert this summer. But as The World's Aaron Schachter reports, Syrians aren't that optimistic.

Lifestyle & Belief

Ramadan traditions

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is one steeped in tradition: fasting, family and food. The World's Aaron Schachter reports on a dying Ramadan tradition in Syria: the art of story-telling.

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Syrian cultural festival

The Syrian capital of Damascus has been designated this year's "Capital of Arab Culture." The city is putting on a year-long show with music, performances, and art installations from around the world.