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Discussion: Lessons from the coronavirus pandemic to avert a future crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the critical role of public health in protecting people around the world. But the crisis has also exposed the need for more investment to help prevent a pandemic of this magnitude from happening again. As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Howard Koh of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Brexit? It’s still a thing.

Thought Brexit was over, right? Wrong. Britain did leave the EU at the end of January, but in reality, nothing much has changed. The real deadline is Dec. 31, and negotiations are set to take place until then. There’s just one problem: a pandemic.

Coronavirus Conversations

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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Iranian sailors dead after 'friendly fire' incident; India, UK ease restrictions, but Brazil struggles as hot spot

An Iranian missile struck its own vessel in an accident in the Gulf of Oman. In Afghanistan, families are demanding answers after Iranian officials allegedly drowned 45 migrants. Also, India is restarting train service, and the UK is sending mixed messages about reopening. But in Brazil, the country can't seem to lock down. And, Mother's Day is a huge day for the flower industry, but this year, many beautiful blooms are headed for the trash.

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Germany has 'emergency brake' in case of virus surge, US shelves CDC guidelines; Iraq approves new government, prime minister

As Germany eases coronavirus restrictions, Merkel announced an "emergency brake" mechanism in case of a new surge. In Iraq, a new prime minister has taken office. Hunger among immigrants and refugees is another crisis facing the US. And as federal funds lag, Irish people step up to help Native American tribes. And, one stay-at-home trio has the tunes to get you through isolation. Finally, Andy Serkis offers an outlet for quarantine with a marathon reading of LOTR: "See, my precious, if we has it, then we can escape."

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Harvesting water from rooftops

The World's Jason Margolis reports that in many parts of the globe where water is scarce, people are boosting their supply by harvesting rainwater from their rooftops

Resisting forced marriage in the UK

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Jasvinder Sanghera, who was born in England to immigrant parents from India, and ran away from her parents after refusing to marry a man they had selected

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Global Hit - Complaints Choirs

The World's Patrick Cox update us on a cultural phenomenon that began in Europe but has now gone global. People from Finland to Singapore are getting together to form "Complaints Choirs."

Words courtesy of Milton

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Paradise, as in "Paradise Lost," the title of a poem by 17th-century English poet John Milton. Milton's poetry may have sounded "other-wordly" in his own time, simply because he invented new words to use in his work. The World's Alex Gallafent tells us that many of those words are still in use today.

Global Hit Bishi

The World's Andrea Smardon profiles a rising star in London's underground music scene...the multi-faceted performer Bishi.

Global Hit - Shooglenifty

Scottish band, Shooglenifty has been playing good time roots music peppered with Scottish-isms for 17 years. Their latest CD, "Troots," is no exception. Anchor Lisa Mullins gets a lesson in translation.

No cash needed for London paper

London's Evening Standard newspaper is hoping to boost sales by making it easier to buy its newspaper, as The BBC's Chris Vallance has the story.

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the Scottish Highlands, where "phone boxes" -- what we call public phone booths -- are in danger of becoming a thing of the past - but not without a fight.