World Today

May 27, 2020

More stores file for bankruptcy in the U.S. amid COVID-19

The retail business has been one of the hardest hit sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic with U.S. sales at clothing and accessory stores falling 50 percent in March.  This has pushed many retailers to the brink with three well-known U.S. retailers declaring bankruptcy in May. […]

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May 27, 2020

Supercomputers join in the battle against COVID-19

As you might imagine, technology is playing a key role as scientists scramble to find vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus.  Now, some of them are calling in the big guns, supercomputers, to help do the massive number crunching required.  Many facets of COVID-19 remain a […]

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May 27, 2020

How did U.S get to 100,000 coronavirus deaths?

The number of COVID-19 related deaths have passed 100,000. This comes as the country takes steps to lift lockdowns and other restrictions. Things may not be back to business as usual yet – but there are signs things are rebounding for the first time in […]

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May 27, 2020

Child care centers facing challenges amid COVID-19

Child care centers in the U.S. are fighting for economic survival. More than 60 percent of licensed child care providers have already shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Those that are still open are seeing […]

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May 27, 2020

Future of airports at times of pandemic

As COVID-19 circulates around the globe, the airline industry is getting hit hard by the lack of passengers. But it’s also taking a toll on the airports themselves as financial incentives for expansion dry up. Learn more.

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May 24, 2020

How COVID-19 pandemic affects China-U.S. relations

China-U.S. relations began the year on a positive note, when President Donald Trump and Vice Premier Liu He signed the phase one trade deal at the White House. But that was mid-January and by then COVID-19 was already spreading, bringing new challenges to the relationship between the world’s […]

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May 23, 2020

China stresses joint implementation of trade deal with U.S.

Four months ago, China and the U.S. signed a deal to end a trade war that had sent repeated shockwaves through global commerce. But that was before COVID-19. Now, as China’s annual legislative meetings begin, China stresses joint implementation of the China-U.S. phase -one economic and trade agreement. 

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May 23, 2020

Child vaccinations decrease amid pandemic

New York’s mayor announced this week that child vaccinations in the city are down more than 60% compared to last year.  With many doctor’s offices closed during the coronavirus lockdown, parents say they struggled to make appointments.  As Giles Gibson reports, U.S. authorities fear missed […]

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May 23, 2020

COVID-19: Graduation gowns serve as PPE

As healthcare workers battle on the frontlines of the coronavirus… the need for personal protective equipment has been a constant struggle. But one medical worker in the U.S.  has come up with an idea to help fill the gap, asking graduates to donate their gowns […]

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May 22, 2020

Robots are helping us fight COVID-19

Disease-proof robots are working to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. See how companies are developing artificial intelligence to do jobs that can help human health.

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May 22, 2020

Are tourist spots ready to reopen?

A recent ​tourism industry survey suggests traveler optimism is growing once again, with one in five Americans saying they ​plan to book a trip as soon as lockdowns are lifted. But are tourist destinations ready to safely reopen?

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The Faces of Unemployment
May 18, 2020

The Faces of Unemployment

COVID-19 has shattered lives and hit global economies hard. Businesses are cutting back or closing, leaving employees without jobs and worried about surviving. Here are some of the Faces of Unemployment.

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May 17, 2020

Chinese American Museum goes virtual in Los Angeles

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  Given the pandemic lockdown, many institutions, like the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, are offering online activities for the public.  Take a look at one of the workshops and see why the […]

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May 16, 2020

Faces of Unemployment: Disney World worker on furlough in Florida

Disney furloughed 100,000 theme park and hotel workers worldwide in mid-​April. Estefania is a Disney World worker in Florida. For the last three weeks, she has had no income. Her union negotiated with Disney and secured five weeks of pay and health insurance. She shared about her concerns during […]

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May 16, 2020

Faces of Unemployment: Makeup artist at department store in NYC

Diane Yodice is a makeup artist and skincare specialist for Clarins at Bloomingdales. But after the department store shut down because of the coronavirus, she was laid off.  She has since applied for unemployment insurance but has yet to receive any money. She also hasn’t received a […]

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May 15, 2020

COVID-19 “survivors” donate plasma to support scientific research

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 86,000 people in the United States. Thousands have been lucky enough to recover, from asymptomatic cases to people who were hospitalized and on ventilators. Scientists are still studying immunity in survivors but so-called “convalescent plasma” is already being used to […]

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May 14, 2020

How do friends “quaran-team” during the pandemic?

Why quarantine when you can “quaran-team”? It’s a new term for people who decide to team up with friends instead of isolation… Our correspondent Ediz Tiyansan, has reached out to friends who live in different parts of the world, who are all under varying levels […]

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May 14, 2020

Maintaining social distancing becomes challenging

Across the country, hair salons, restaurants, cinemas, and gyms, in some places … welcoming people back. Eagerly but cautiously … with ​new guidelines in place: masks to be worn, capacities limited, and ​social distances maintained.  But that may prove difficult in some places.  Learn more. 

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May 14, 2020

Zoom photography emerges amid pandemic

As COVID-19 puts a stranglehold on the economy, it’s also making work difficult for photographers who count on events and bringing people together for shoots. Didi von Boch, a San Francisco photographer, who has started to use Zoom photography as a tool to capture her […]

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May 13, 2020

Restaurants reopening in West Virginia

Two months ago, most businesses in the state of West Virginia closed as COVID-19 spread in the U.S.. Rich Schaffer is the owner of the Rabbit Hole restaurant. Schaffer says he received 110-thousand dollars from the federal government, but that money is running out. West […]

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May 10, 2020

Mother’s Day: Memories of Xi Jinping growing up with his mother

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, “Family is people’s first classroom, and parents are children’s first teachers.” That’s what his mother, Qi Xin, used to tell him, and the words stuck with him to this day. On this Mother’s Day, Chinese broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) […]

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May 8, 2020

Cruise ship crew member shares lockdown experience at sea

For most of us “Social distancing” has meant staying in our houses or apartments with our families plus the occasional walk through the neighborhood or trip the grocery store or carry-out restaurant. But for Ezra Freeman, an onboard entertainer for Princess Cruises, it has meant lockdown […]

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May 8, 2020

Home births surge during the pandemic

Midwives in the U.S. say they are seeing a surge in demand for home births because of concern about COVID-19. Fear of contracting the virus, not being allowed to have a partner present for the birth, and current pressure on the health system means some women are choosing to […]

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May 8, 2020

COVID-19: Oil storage nears capacity

Oil prices have been on the increase this week, thanks to investor optimism about the relaxing of coronavirus lockdowns in the U.S. and globally. This after excess oil supply sent prices into negative territory in April. So how is the oil glut affecting companies and the industry at large? 

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May 8, 2020

Demand of mental health services surge amid pandemic

“Mental Health Month” was started in 1949 to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in the lives of Americans and to celebrate recovery from mental illness.  Every year, several events are organized across the country to start conversations about issues surrounding […]

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May 7, 2020

Rare silence grips New Orleans as city battles disease

The birthplace of jazz has little to celebrate right now. New Orleans has the dubious distinction of becoming one of the first pandemic hot zones in the United States. A 300-year-old city that has found itself silenced for one of the rare times in history. […]

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May 7, 2020

Mounting pressure on U.S. meat supply amid plant closures

In the United States, there are concerns over the impact of COVID-19 on meat supplies. Some major grocery chains are now limiting the amount of meat customers can buy. It comes after dozens of meatpacking plants were forced to close following outbreaks of the virus […]

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May 7, 2020

Dr. Deborah Birx’s scarves become sensation

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, is one of the leaders in U.S. efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. But she has also earned quite a lot followers who admired her style of wearing scarves. . What are her followers saying about […]

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May 7, 2020

COVID-19: Will the handshake survive?

The COVID–19 pandemic is transforming societies across the world. Many habits and social norms have changed radically. And that includes how we greet each other. Some public health experts say the handshake – a standard greeting in many cultures – should  be scrapped forever. But what should replace it?

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