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Friday, April 03, 2020 5:28 AM ET

Christian Science Monitor - World

First Look -- National Orchestra of France delivers rousing 'Boléro' from home -- The National Orchestra of France may be stuck home, but that didn't stop the 50 musicians from stitching together a performance of "Boléro," by Maurice Ravel. "We are starting to realize that we really need each other," a kettle drum player said.

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First Look -- Virus 'angel': S. Korean cobbler donates land to help others -- A South Korean cobbler plans to donate about $500,000 worth of farmland so the funds could help people facing economic difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I've always thought I should one day become a person who helps others," said Kim Byung-rok.

1 day ago

First Look - As virus cases surge, nations set aside differences to help - Russia sent medical equipment and masks to the United States. Cuba sent doctors to France. Turkey dispatched masks, hazmat suits, goggles, and disinfectants to Italy and Spain. Rich nations staggering to meet health care demands are welcoming help from less wealthy ones.

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Coronavirus drives competing global 'playbooks' Governments worldwide have adopted similar measures to address the coronavirus. It bears watching where they diverge – especially on social controls.

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Work and parent at the same time? A crisis highlights dual lives. -- Working parents' balancing act has been made more challenging, but also more visible, by the COVID-19 crisis. Could it lead to lasting change?

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First Look -- Democracy test: Hungary, Serbia leaders expand emergency powers -- In Hungary, Serbia, and elsewhere, populist leaders are restricting civil liberties in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But critics say harsh measures like cellphone surveillance and jail sentences are over reach.

2 days ago

First Look -- It's official: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 2021 -- Japan and the International Olympic Committee have announced a new date for Tokyo Olympics in July 2021, at a massive expense for Japanese taxpayers. The Paralympics have also been rescheduled to August 2021.

3 days ago

First Look -- Wuhan revives: From outbreak epicenter to forefront of hope -- "I'm so excited, I want to cry," said one customer on one of Wuhan's major shopping streets as stores started reopening after two months. Residents and business owners are cautiously emerging to normal routines.

3 days ago

Monday Sunrise Briefing: Trump extends virus guidelines -- Catch me up on the weekend news: President Trump extends national social distancing guidelines, Angela Merkel steps up, a civil rights icon dies.

2 days ago

First Look -- Angela Merkel rises to the coronavirus leadership challenge -- Germany's Chancellor Angel Merkel gave a rare televised national address: the tone was calm, reasoning, and created a message that inspired.

2 days ago

Points of Progress: Reparations for Guam islanders, and more -- In good news this week: Women will make up half the playing field at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, reparations come to Guam islanders, and more.

3 days ago

First Look -- Why US placed a $15 million bounty on Venezuela's Maduro -- The Trump administration has placed a $15 million reward for the arrest of Venezuelan President Maduro for drug trafficking. The indictment of a ruling head of state is highly unusual.

3 days ago

In El Salvador, quick COVID-19 response fuels fears of an iron fist -- El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele was one of Latin America's first to take strong measures against COVID-19, prompting both praise and concern.

3 days ago

First Look -- In France, buying baguettes daily becomes a moral choice -- "A life without bread ... is not French," one baker said. Steering a path between their love for baguettes and staying at home to beat the virus, French residents are trying new approaches from going without to freezing fresh loaves.

6 days ago