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May 18 2020 - 03:03 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 5/18/20

Good afternoon! I hope everyone is having a great day so far. Here are a few of today’s headlines from around the world with a focus on the political ramifications of the coronavirus, courtesy of Newseum:

The Guardian, Published in London, UK

Ministers Under Fire Amid ‘Chaos’ Over Contact Tracing

Johnson’s government faces fresh criticism in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic after contact tracer applicants were told recruitment was on hold until the government “considers an alternative app.” Contact tracing was supposed to be a key part of the emergency strategy. The latest controversy comes on the heels of outrage over the government’s inability to procure sufficient personal protective equipment.

Los Angeles Times, Published in Los Angeles, CA

Biden’s Transformative Shift

The scale of the country’s economic and health crises has caused Joe Biden’s campaign to reassess its strategy. Due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, presidential candidate Joe Biden has shifted his campaign’s messaging from one of stability and a return to normalcy to bold, progressive change.

Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Toronto Star, Published in Toronto, Canada

Crew Member Killed in B.C. Snowbird Crash

A flying team of the Canadian Armed Forces known as the Snowbirds tragically lost a crewmate in a crash on Sunday. The Snowbirds had been touring the country to boost the morale of Canadians in their struggle against Covid-19.

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The Snowbirds

Haaretz, Published in Tel Aviv, Israel

Knesset Swears in Netanyahu-Gantz Government, Largest in Country’s History

After a year and a half that saw three back-to-back elections, the deadlock in Israel has finally ended with a coalition government being formed between two former and bitter rivals: Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Gantz’s Kahol Lavan. With 36 ministers and 16 deputy ministers, it is the largest government in Israeli history.

Chicago Tribune, Published in Chicago, IL

On the Brink

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, St. Anthony Hospital is on the brink of insolvency. Its staff members have to make sanitation wipes each morning because the hospital’s vendor refuses to supply them due to its unpaid bills. The hospital is also suing the state over unpaid services provided to Medicaid patients in a desperate bid to stay solvent.


Joe Biden, courtesy of Gage Skidmore at Flickr

Snowbirds, courtesy of Scott Air Force Base


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