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Discussion: On the front lines of the coronavirus crisis

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Hospital workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. What are the challenges facing our medical responders during this unprecedented time? As part of our weekly series with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, The World's Jonathan Dyer moderated a discussion with Paul Biddinger, director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Disaster Medicine.

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Trump cuts WHO funding; online threats increase amid pandemic; deportations could be spreading COVID-19

US President Donald Trump has cut funding to the World Health Organization, prompting swift condemnation from international leaders. Cybercrime has increased during the novel coronavirus pandemic. But a group of cybersecurity experts is volunteering to help fend off attacks. And deportations from the US, the country hardest-hit by COVID-19, continue amid the global health crisis. Those proceedings could be spreading the virus farther.

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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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Discussion: COVID-19 is testing emergency preparedness. What's next?

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The coronavirus crisis has put hospitals around the globe under incredible stress. Many are asking, “Are we prepared?” The answer seems to increasingly be, “no.” So, what's next? The World's Elana Gordon moderated a live discussion with Leonard Marcus from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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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.