The first wave of coronavirus swept through a world unprepared. Authorities struggled to test for the disease, and didn’t know how to slow the spread of COVID-19.
How different countries planned for second wave of COVID-19
Seen from afar, Germany, like most of Europe, looks hopelessly divided over how best to handle the refugees stuck in miserable conditions along its borders. But a movement of German towns is arguing they can help alleviate the crisis on their own.
German towns unite to offer refugees shelter from the storm
This year's ferocious wildfires on the US West Coast are taking a heavy toll on exhausted firefighters who see no end in sight to the blazes, with the coronavirus pandemic adding another layer of risk.
'We're in unprecedented waters,' says California firefighter
A Canadian Muslim advocacy group is calling for a recent fatal stabbing outside a mosque near Toronto to be investigated as potentially hate-motivated, after the city's police service announced that it had made an arrest in the case.
Muslim group in Canada wants murder investigated as hate-motivated
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned Greece that a new camp on Lesbos Island, hastily built to house thousands of migrants left homeless by a fire last week, can only be temporary.
Lesbos camp filling up as UN warns on migrants' future
By Bassam Hatoum and Hussein Malla
One family's desperate, deadly attempt to flee Lebanon
Just nine hours after Japan's new minister for administrative reform launched an online system for reporting excessive bureaucracy and red tape, it hit a snag: Too many complaints.
Complaints overwhelm Japan red-tape hotline hours after launch
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley called on the world's billionaires to step up to help save some 30 million people he said are at risk of dying if they don't receive help from the UN food organization.
UN food chief urges billionaires to step up to help world's starving
“When I saw the smoke coming I didn’t have the chance to get my backpack, I just ran. The fire was very close, I couldn’t save anything, I lost all my documents. I just escaped through the forest.”
Syrian teenage homeless on Lesbos despite having right to live in UK

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