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A lethal inflammatory syndrome, possibly linked to the novel coronavirus, is beginning to appear in children around the world.

Brexit? Yeah, that's still happening. But with seven months before negotiations are set to be completed, the pandemic is complicating things.

And, women's pro soccer was making strides toward parity with men's. Will coronavirus change that? Also, why are some men still flocking to pachinko parlors in Japan?



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What effect is the novel coronavirus having on children?

A schoolchild and a teacher wear protective face masks in a classroom at a flemish primary school during its reopening as a small part of Belgian children head back to their schools with new rules and social distancing during the outbreak of the coronavirus diseasein Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2020.
Credit: Johanna Geron/Reuters
As countries move to open in the wake of the pandemic, there is growing concern of the effect the novel coronavirus might be having on children. A lethal inflammatory syndrome, likened to the rare Kawasaki disease, has appeared in at least six countries, including the US, which has seen dozens of cases.
On Friday, some children returned to school in Belgium, one of the harder-hit European countries. France also began reopening schools this week. And Slovenia became the first European country to declare the end of its epidemic, though some restrictions still remain in place and experts have clarified that COVID-19 still remains present in the country.

Palestinians mark Nakba, as Netanyahu looks to annex West Bank

Today, Palestinians mark the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, or "the catastrophe," which commemorates Palestinian displacement during the establishment of the state of Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their native lands between 1947 and 1949. Now millions live in occupied territories, including the West Bank. Under a US-backed plan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to annex parts of the West Bank, a subject on the agenda when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel this week. Many say such a move would be a blow to a potential two-state solution. 

Ask us: What's the role of antibodies in future COVID-19 immunity?

Many governments are scrambling to buy antibody tests to find out how many of their citizens were infected with the novel coronavirus. But exactly how — or if — the information will be of use remains unclear.
As part of our weekly discussion series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Jonathan Dyer will moderate a conversation with Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Tune in here today at 12pm ET, and email your questions to myworld@theworld.org.

Brexit? It’s still a thing.

Thought Brexit was over, right? Wrong. Britain did leave the EU at the end of January, but in reality, nothing much has changed. The real deadline is Dec. 31, and negotiations are set to take place until then. There’s just one problem: a pandemic.
Even before the pandemic struck, 11 months to complete very complex negotiations was a remarkably tight timeframe. Now, with just seven months to go, it seems near-insurmountable.

Shocked Afghans ask why perpetrators targeted a maternity hospital and a funeral

Twin attacks in Afghanistan on May 12 have left many in the country in shock and wondering when the bloodshed in their country will end. Videos from the attack on a maternity hospital showed Afghan security forces rushing out with tiny newborns in their arms. Later, Zahra Jafari, a midwife, told Afghan reporters that she had just welcomed some new patients earlier that morning. They died a few hours later.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said this week that his government is not going to stay silent. He ordered security forces to begin an offensive against the extremist groups.

The Number in the News: 1988

For those stuck at home, especially with children, Japanese animator and former president of Tokyo's Studio Ghibli released a video tutorial of how to draw one of the animation company's beloved characters. "My Neighbor Totoro," released in 1988, is among dozens of films from the Oscar-award winning Japanese animation group.
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Gorilla conservation’s latest threat: COVID-19 from tourists

Apes can get COVID-19, too, and this could be devastating for endangered populations. Only about 1,000 mountain gorillas remain, and roughly half live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Veterinarian Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka spoke with The World's Marco Werman about this new risk.

Women’s pro soccer made gains toward parity. Will coronavirus undo it?

As women’s soccer was drawing more and more fans, the players were stepping up their fight against gender discrimination in the sport. But just a year later, the game’s visibility — and its journey toward equity — has been stopped in its tracks. In a recent report examining COVID-19’s impact on professional women’s soccer, FIFPRO said the pandemic could “present an almost existential threat to the women’s game if no specific considerations are given to protect the women’s football industry.”

Some loud, smoky pachinko parlors defy Japan’s shutdown

Visitors play Pachinko, a Japanese form of legal gambling, at Dynam Japan Holdings Co.'s Pachinko parlour in Koga, north of Tokyo, April 7, 2014.
Credit: Issei Kato/Reuters
Pachinko defies easy description. Imagine if a pinball machine and a slot machine had a baby — an incredibly loud baby that bleeps and jingles and lures you into a daze.
Much of Japan is under a state of emergency, and officials have asked many shops to close. The country has shut down schools and offices and parks — and yet, outside some pachinko joints, men stubbornly line up to get their fix.

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