After getting a taste of some version of normalcy, Melbourne went into another lockdown this week. Five million residents will be barred from leaving their homes except for essential reasons and orders between Victoria closed between neighboring states are shut down.
Latvia and Lithuania have banned Kremlin-tied RT television channels over links to Dmitry Kiselev, who is sanctioned by the EU for spreading propaganda about Ukraine. "The problem is that RT is a part of this infrastructure of propaganda," media expert Solvita Denisa-Liepniece told The World's Carol Hills.
The WHO released new guidelines on Thursday acknowledging some reports of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. And, the WHO sent a team to China today to lay the groundwork for an investigation on the origins of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, several countries are making additional moves to reopen. The UK government announced that starting Friday, visitors arriving in England from 58 selected countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
According to reports, senior White House officials were aware as early as the beginning of 2019 of classified intelligence indicating that Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for killing US troops. The World spoke with Mark Galeotti, a senior associate fellow at the British-based Royal United Services Institute, to get his take.
In the last 10 years, there’s been a surge of literature about climate change, including poetry. The World’s climate solutions segment The Big Fix is featuring some young poets and their words on the topic in a series starting this week.
Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese plastics company, intends to build a complex St. James Parish, Louisiana, a region already known as "Cancer Alley." Environmental activist Anne Rolfes faces criminal charges for a protest action she took to call attention to the company's history of harm.
Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, went back into lockdown for six weeks to try to contain a spike in cases of the coronavirus. Also in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today the country is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. And, South Korean police are searching for Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, after his daughter reported him missing Thursday.
Conservative Latinos are not a monolithic group, and they do not vote as a bloc. Factors such as country of origin, socioeconomic status and how many generations a family has been in the US could shape their political perspectives and priorities.