Coronavirus tests the limits of Russia’s surveillance state

Moscow held back on requiring digital bar codes to leave home, but other regions are pushing ahead with mobile tracking.

Journalists threatened and detained as countries restrict coronavirus coverage

Governments on multiple continents are exploiting epidemic concerns to limit press freedom, especially when official accounts are challenged.
This painting shows a defector looking back from South Korea toward his hometown in the North. (Jeon Ju-yeong)
This painting shows a defector looking back from South Korea toward his hometown in the North. (Jeon Ju-yeong)

North Korean defectors explore the soul of a divided peninsula through art

A recent exhibition in Seoul of works by three defectors offered depictions of the confusion, longing and abandonment many feel after crossing to the other side.
“This will probably be the toughest week, between this week and next week,” Trump said. “And there will be a lot of death, unfortunately.”
A sunny Sunday in the United Kingdom brought out the picnickers — and mixed messages from leaders.
A Washington Post investigation uncovered alarm and dismay among scientists at health labs about the Trump administration’s reliance on a flawed coronavirus test developed by the CDC, which was used for weeks as the virus began to spread across the United States.
German officials even accused the U.S. of piracy over a shipment of masks officials claimed was diverted to the U.S. in Thailand.
Starmer takes the helm of Labour in a political landscape deeply changed by the fight against covid-19.
The pandemic is slamming the brakes on dreams of social change. Some movements are getting creative.
Millions face a special risk in Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe.
With debate unfolding over the full scope of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s chief doctor said the global death toll was probably five to 10 times higher than official figures indicated, and China warned of the risk of a resurgence in domestic cases.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began in China, new cases have been confirmed in more than 100 countries, with thousands of cases reported in South Korea, Italy and Iran and hundreds in the United States.
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China’s coronavirus death toll appears far higher than its official tally. Authorities are curtailing memorial services, denying many a proper chance to mourn loved ones.
Officials ask manufacturers to reserve more supplies for domestic use. The makers say it’s not so easy.
In India and Pakistan, the devout pushed back on the curtailing of Friday prayers.
The mood has darkened since Italians were singing from their balconies.
The overwhelmed health system in Ecuador’s largest city could be a harbinger of worse to come in the developing world.
No breakthrough has been reached more than a week after Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz announced a power partnership.
There’s been bitter infighting over medical supplies and the economic response.
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A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 people were killed
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This year’s traditional Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus
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Lebanese security officials say unknown gunmen fatally shot and stabbed a member of the militant Hezbollah group in southern Lebanon
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The global economic crisis linked to the coronavirus could wipe out jobs for millions across the African continent, many who live hand-to-mouth with zero savings
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France is moving hundreds of critically ill COVID-19 patients around the country on specially fitted high-speed trains, planes, even a warship
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