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Brazil stumbles into new China diplomatic row over virus
Brazil stumbles into new China diplomatic row over virus

China's embassy in Brazil responded with outrage Monday to a social media post by Brazil's Education Minister Abraham Weintraub that appeared to mock Chinese accents while insinuating the Asian giant stood to benefit from the coronavirus pandemic - apparently reigniting a smoldering diplomatic row between Brazil and its largest trading partner. Weintraub posted a cartoon depicting China with a message -- with r's swapped for l's, apparently to ridicule the Chinese accent -- that insinuated the Asian giant could gain geopolitical advantages from the ongoing pandemic. The dispute comes just weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sought to pacify a similar dispute sparked by his son.

The coronavirus has intensified the generational divide between millennials and boomers. Here are 5 ways they
The coronavirus has intensified the generational divide between millennials and boomers. Here are 5 ways they're dealing with the pandemic differently.

Millennials are more stressed and staying indoors, trying to save money and make memes while worrying about their socializing boomer parents.

Buenos Aires homeless stuck on the streets during coronavirus lockdown
Buenos Aires homeless stuck on the streets during coronavirus lockdown

The homeless are among the very few seen on the streets of the capital Buenos Aires since President Alberto Fernandez issued a mandatory confinement order on March 20, and since extending beyond it an initial two weeks. Despite finding it more difficult to find food now that the streets are deserted, she says she is happy to have all that space just for her.

The US churches and pastors ignoring
The US churches and pastors ignoring 'stay-at-home' orders

Concerted effort to protect religious freedoms is playing out as some states exempt houses of worship from stay-home orders * Coronavirus - latest US updates * Coronavirus - latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageWhen a Florida pastor, who had been arrested for holding a church service despite local coronavirus restrictions, complained he was the victim of "a tyrannical government", Ron DeSantis, the state's Republican governor, was listening.In executive orders issued in quick succession this week, DeSantis designated religious services as "essential activities". Then he swept away the right of cities and counties to ban them."I don't think the government has the...

Coronavirus ended any last hopes of a Bernie Sanders comeback
Coronavirus ended any last hopes of a Bernie Sanders comeback

It's been real, hasn't it? After 13 months of campaigning, during which time he was briefly but almost unanimously considered the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, it looks as if Bernie Sanders is finally calling it quits. On Wednesday afternoon his staff shot down an erroneous report that he had formally dropped out; it looks as if he'll wait to make that announcement sometime before the next primaries three weeks from now. To many observers it has been unclear why the junior senator from Vermont remained in the race after losing Michigan and Washington state two weeks ago, a defeat he followed with kind words about his fellow candidates and half-hearted...

COVID-19 hit South Korea and the U.S. on the same day. Here
COVID-19 hit South Korea and the U.S. on the same day. Here's what Korea did right.

The U.S. and South Korea both confirmed their first cases of new coronavirus on Jan. 21. South Korea's epidemic seems to have already peaked, while the U.S. is girding for public health, financial, and social crises. The key to South Korea's relative success is testing, and South Korea's aggressive testing regime - "South Korea as of Tuesday was testing up to 20,000 patients a day, more than half the total of U.S. patients who have been tested since the outbreak began," The Wall Street Journal notes - was not an accident.On Jan. 27, with four confirmed cases in the country, "South Korean health officials summoned representatives from more than 20 medical companies from...

In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation
In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation

Mexico's fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In parts of the country it is fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide, from the outskirts of Mexico City, into the tourist resorts around Cancun, and along the northern border. It is a promise that cartels in Mexico have long made, and always broken.

What does it mean to shelter in place?
What does it mean to shelter in place?

Parts of Northern California have already ordered a shelter in place - could New York City be next? Here's what you can expect.

Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley say coronavirus funding package must include student loan debt cancellation
Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley say coronavirus funding package must include student loan debt cancellation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) are calling on Senate and House leaders to "prioritize" student loan cancellation as part of the next coronavirus emergency funding package."We need bold action now," Pressley tweeted on Tuesday. "A plan that will ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis. Debt cancellation. Across the board. Immediately, the Secretary of Education must take over all monthly payments during this public health emergency."Warren tweeted in agreement, saying student loan debt cancellation would deliver "relief immediately to millions of families and remove a giant weight that's...

American climate activists are recruiting their German counterparts to save Bernie Sanders
American climate activists are recruiting their German counterparts to save Bernie Sanders' candidacy

The German activists pledged to make up to 10,000 calls to voters in states holding primary elections on Tuesday.


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