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Global markets reel and northern Italy shuts down amid COVID-19; Blasts in Kabul as rival inaugurations are held; Trial of MH17 downing begins in The Hague

Global markets are struggling to deal with the continued spread of COVID-19, and a cut to export oil prices adds another level of uncertainty. Meanwhile, northern Italy is on lockdown and schools have closed nationwide. Students rejoice, but parents worry. And, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration was disrupted by blasts Monday, and rival Abdullah Abdullah held his own swearing in ceremony. Also, the crisis at the Greece-Turkey border continues to unfold. The World is following it on the ground in Greece.

Displacement

Refugees caught in the middle of Greek-Turkish political standoff

Even before Turkey opened its borders for refugees and asylum-seekers to leave for Europe, the Greek island of Chios was an epicenter of tension over EU policies that made several Greek islands de facto holding sites for some 42,000 refugees and migrants. Erdoğan’s move only exacerbated those tensions. And refugees are caught in the middle. 

Migrant crisis at Greek-Turkish border enters second week

Tens of thousands of migrants have been trying to get into Greece since late February when Turkey said it would no longer stop them from leaving. On Friday, Greek and Turkish security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowds near the Kastanies-Pazarkule border crossing.

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What's next for migrants and refugees on the EU border; COVID-19 and the cost of healthcare; Israeli elections show success for Netanyahu

The land border between Greece and Turkey has become a flash point as thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers try to make their way to Europe. As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in the US, concerns about the cost of dealing with the illness could thwart containment. And the "Remain in Mexico" program for asylum-seekers on the US southern border has left tens of thousands of people in limbo — and their court proceedings unprecedentedly difficult.

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Global Politics

Turkey: Where politics and religion mix

Matthew Brunwasser reports on the funeral Tuesday of a former Turkish Prime Minister, now considered the father of political Islam in Turkey, one of the few countries in the Middle East region to successfully mix religion and politics.

The World - Episode 20071218 - Turkey goes after Kurdish rebels

Hundreds of Turkish troops reportedly crossed over into northern Iraq today to battle against Kurdish rebels. The incursion came as Secretary of State Condoleezza made a visit to Iraq. The conflict puts the United States in a diplomatic tight spot. Both Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds are U.S. allies. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from Scott Peterson with the Christian Science Monitor.

Lifestyle & Belief

Scarves in Turkey

Turkey's parliament is expected to approve a bill this week that allows female university students to wear headscarves and that's upsetting secular Turks, as the BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from Istanbul.

Turkish troops enter northern Iraq

Turkey has launched a cross-border military operation into Northern Iraq and Turkish military officials say they'll the continue until they eliminate the threat from Kurdish separatist rebels

Turkish troops in Northern Iraq

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with LA Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi in Iraq about Turkey's military incursion into Northern Iraq where Turkish troops are on a mission to destroy bases in Iraq used by Kurdish militants to launch attacks

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit / Geo answer

The World's Alex Gallafent takes us to the Turkish city, Istanbul, to meet Selim Sesler. One British newspaper dubbed Sesler 'the Coltrane of the clarinet'. The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Norway -- the country with the highest female representation on corporate boards.