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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Police fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday at a march against Beijing's plan to directly impose national security laws on the city. read more


Formula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay 8,900 to charity for getting a professional gamer to compete under his name in an official esports race. read more


Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on the rising coronavirus death count, asking Birx if the Trump administration has "underestimated" the strength of the virus as it rushes to fully reopen the economy. read more


Official findings add to concerns about Sweden's laissez-faire strategy towards the pandemic. Just 7.3% of Stockholm's inhabitants had developed Covid-19 antibodies by the end of April, according to a study, raising concerns that the country's light-touch approach to the coronavirus may not be helping it build up broad immunity. read more


President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall: Trust me. read more


The first of five Iranian oil tankers has entered Venezuela's waters carrying more than a million barrels of fuel. The Iranian tankers are being escorted by the Venezuelan navy and air force. read more


Robert Wright is not afraid to think big thoughts. Wright, who contributes regularly to a host of magazines including Slate and Time and who edits the Web site Bloggingheads.tv, has written several intellectually ambitious books. In TheMoral Animal (1997), for example, he considered the young (and controversial) science of evolutionary psychology. And in Nonzero (2001), he offered a heady tour of human history and argued that ideas from the mathematical field of game theory reveal how much of that history was driven by the mutual benefits that accrue from human cooperation. In his latest book, Wright takes on an even grander subject: religion. read more


Stay-at-home orders are keeping more people off the roads, but police across the country are reporting a rise in reckless driving. In Connecticut, traffic has been cut in half compared to last year, but fatal motor vehicle accidents are up by about 40%. read more


The trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges has opened in Jerusalem, days after he began a new term in office. Mr Netanyahu, 70, is the first standing leader to face trial in the country's history. He denies accusations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. read more


The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid begins on Sunday. It follows a rise in attacks from the hardline Islamic group on government troops in recent weeks. read more


After revealing that Sunday's New York Times would not feature an image on the front page, but would instead list the names of COVID-19 fatalities, the newspaper was praised online. "U.S. deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss," the headline read above six columns of names. "They were not simply names on a list. They were us," reads the subhead. read more


Less than six months before Election Day, the government will attempt to identify democracy's most glaring weakness by deploying college kids on their summer break. read more


Australia's western coast is bracing for a massive storm, which is expected to make landfall in the coming hours. Torrential rains, strong winds and waves of up to eight metres (26ft) are forecast in some areas. read more


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Four months after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global health emergency, countries around the world have seen vastly different results from their efforts to fight the pandemic. Some have beaten an initial onslaught, some are in the middle of it, and some have yet to see, or at least report, that the virus is causing havoc. Factors both in and out of the control of individual countries have influenced their different outcomes so far. Here's a breakdown of some things we've learned: read more


The check that McEnany held up "appeared to be a real check from Capital One, complete with the relevant details," notes the New York Times. read more


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