The coronavirus pandemic has exposed entrenched health inequities for communities of color in the US and around the globe. As part of our regular series discussing the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Nancy Krieger from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Krieger recently co-authored an analysis confirming the extent of such disparities.

Chile's children's book industry isn't known for light-hearted, fun reads. It's about morality-building and lesson-teaching. So a Dane, who lived in Chile for a time, decided to change that. She's organized a library that receives foreign-language books and then translates them into Spanish.
A British painting by John Constable was sold at auction for $35 million. That's one of the highest prices ever for a Brit painting. The funds will go to a Spanish beauty queen who says she's asset-rich, but cash-poor.
Israel has had legal medical marijuana for about 10 years. But a recent development stands to potentially change the market, with an Israeli company saying it has developed a THC-free strain of cannabis. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that produces the "high."
Swiss banks, and other overseas financial institutions are finding that it's become easier just to not take American customers, rather than try to comply with U.S. banking regulations.
Books are tightly regulated in Cuba. Sure, some books are freely available on city streets, but others are much, much harder to find. Often, they exist only in private libraries. And even then, the holders of the books are subject to government harassment.
As Hong Kong chafes under increased pressure from the mainland Chinese government, a city that was once viewed as apolitical and commercially oriented has found its political voice. Over the weekend, there was a huge protest and the Chinese government is worried about it spreading to mainland citizens.
Libya's population was once one-fourth immigrants, most of them illegal. In the wake of its revolution last year, most of them left. And while some are returning, helping to fill important jobs that have gone unfilled, the nation is also cracking down, hard, on illegal immigrants.
Chinese law requires most of its buildings to come complete with bomb shelters. Now, as the threat of war has subsided and China's prosperity has skyrocketed, many of those bomb shelters, old and new, are being turned to more peaceful, and profitable, endeavors.
American beer has long been derided in Europe as light, low-flavor and mass-produced. But the ascendancy of craft beer here is opening some minds, and some mouths, in Europe.
Human-rights activists are challenging Saudi Arabia's commitment to allow women athletes to compete in the Olympics after the country's only female candidate was disqualified. Saudi Arabia has never sent women to compete and as a policy, bans women from playing sports.

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