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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

ICYMI, lately, Australia’s been asking the world to pretty please look into China’s initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak. So yesterday, the European Union said ‘you got it’ and drafted a resolution calling for an independent and impartial inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution’s already been backed by about a hundred countries. Expect it to be presented at the annual World Health Organization meeting today. This comes as China’s senior medical adviser revealed that local authorities in Wuhan suppressed key details about the magnitude of the outbreak. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Former Prez Obama’s taking swings. Recently, he said that world leaders “weren’t even pretending to be in charge” amid the coronavirus pandemic. In response, Prez Trump pointed fingers at Obama for apparently being “grossly incompetent.” In other US news, more and more things like beaches and amusement parks are set to reopen by Memorial Day. Cue health official warnings about the dangers of mass gatherings. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Another potential coronavirus drug is popping up. Hint: Sorrento Therapeutics announced that it developed an antibody drug that’s a 100 percent cure for the virus. 

 

SO…?

The whole world’s looking to the future of this pandemic. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Back in 1994, Hutu extremists in Rwanda targeted minority ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a three-month killing spree. 800,000 people ultimately died, including 300,000 kids. Since then, the world’s been indicting those involved. Enter: Félicien Kabuga, one of the last key suspects in the genocide and “one of the world’s most wanted fugitives.” Recently, he was captured in a Paris suburb after more than 20 years on the run. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, at least one person was killed and another seriously injured when a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft crashed into a house in British Columbia yesterday. Not yet clear what may have caused the crash. 

 

USA: Recently, Prez Trump said ‘you’re fired’ to State Dept inspector general Steve Linick. Big deal, because this marks another gov watchdog Trump’s fired lately. Unprecedented, BTW. Not to mention controversial. Case in point: lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have criticized Trump for the firings, with Sen Mitt Romney (R-UT) even calling them a “threat to accountable democracy.” Tension, high. In other news, meet Tropical Storm Arthur. That’s the first named storm of this year’s hurricane season, and it’s set to bring heavy rain, wind, and high surf to the coast of North Carolina today. 

 

BIZ: J.C. Penny’s not doing all that well. See: the dept store chain filed for bankruptcy a couple days ago, becoming the largest retailer yet to fall during the pandemic. The biz reportedly doesn’t plan on liquidating, but it does plan to close more retail stores. A lot more. Speaking of biz stuff, Facebook’s acquiring Giphy for a reported $400 million. You read that right. You know Giphy as the GIF-making and sharing app that’s commonly used on just about everything (think: Instagram, Twitter, iMessage...to name a few). Now, it looks like the biz is being acquired by Facebook, which plans to integrate it with Instagram. No word yet on how this will affect things like Twitter and iMessage, which aren’t owned by Facebook. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$560,000:” how much Michael Jordan's first-ever Air Jordan sneakers sold for at an auction. Robbed. 


SAY WHAT?

“Bored Kansas City Zoo penguins took an adorable field trip to their local art museum” - an actual headline. For your finformation, this is the cutest thing we’ve seen all day. 

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