Nicholas Burns

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Experts update predictions on economic crisis; Iraqi protesters are regrouping; Saving a trove of Viking artifacts

The economic fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic will have wide-ranging consequences. In Southeast Asia, some fear it will increase trafficking and forced labor. Iraqi protesters are regrouping, even as the pandemic has hampered street demonstrations. And for many immigrants' families worldwide, remittences are a lifeline. Those payments are expected to plummet. A frozen pass in Norway holds secrets of the Viking era. Plus, this sourdough library is a quarantine baker's dream.

World leaders push for drugs, vaccines to fight coronavirus; Maduro detains Americans; How are people coping with ‘skin hunger’?

World leaders pledged billions in the race for vaccines and drugs to fight the coronavirus — but some nations, including the US, were conspicuously absent. And, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro detained two Americans allegedly trying to oust him from leadership. Also, as South Koreans turn to drive-in movies for entertainment, artists around the world are finding inspiration in quarantine.

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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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What's an 'F-Bomb' between friends?

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland used profanity to express her frustration with the European Union over the crisis in Ukraine. She thought she was talking to a friend, until the whole Internet heard their conversation when it was leaked, presumably by Russia.

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Iran's role in Syria peace talks throws discussions into disarray

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his last minute invitation for Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday. Aryn Baker, Time Magazine's Middle East bureau chief, says the rebels argued for Iran to be "uninvited" to the talks because Tehran was unwilling to back the creation of a transitional government in Syria.

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