Turkey has deployed security forces to its border with Greece to keep migrants from being pushed back into its territory. Meanwhile, Greek authorities are at the border trying to prevent access to their country. The World's Lydia Emmanouilidou is at the border in Orestiada, Greece. And, how we use our hands to interact with others is different across cultures, and habits are changing because of the novel coronavirus. Also, a social historian commemorates the lives of the women murdered by London's 19th serial killer Jack the Ripper.
Scientists in Singapore appear to be making advances with a new antibody test to help track the spread of COVID-19, while in the US, the Trump administration's response has been hampered by its declining trust in science. Turkey and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib province. And immigration experts warn that a new office of US Department of Justice could increase denaturalizations of US citizens.
Two neighboring Embassy Row properties in Washington, DC, have been boarded up for years. The buildings are caught in a unique sort of real estate limbo as diplomatic relations between the US and Iran are suspended. But if walls could talk, wild parties might be on the tip of their tongues.
Italy's school closures in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak was met with joy by some students. But childcare alternatives are taking an economic toll on parents, and could end up putting grandparents at risk.
Tens of thousands of migrants have been trying to get into Greece since late February when Turkey said it would no longer stop them from leaving. On Friday, Greek and Turkish security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowds near the Kastanies-Pazarkule border crossing.
Even before Turkey opened its borders for refugees and asylum-seekers to leave for Europe, the Greek island of Chios was an epicenter of tension over EU policies that made several Greek islands de facto holding sites for some 42,000 refugees and migrants. Erdoğan’s move only exacerbated those tensions. And refugees are caught in the middle.
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