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Unusual things we’ve learned about the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic

Here are some of the unusual things we’ve learned about the coronavirus along the way.

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The ‘domestic terrorist’ designation won’t stop extremism

The real problem is that designating specific groups as terrorists doesn’t actually curb terrorism.

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What coronavirus success of Taiwan and Iceland has in common

Taiwan and Iceland are among a group of countries which adopted a cooperative strategy early, bringing together multiple organisations to tackle the challenges in containing COVID-19.

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Was coronavirus spreading in Europe in March 2019?

The novel coronavirus may have been in Europe for longer than previously thought.

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A selective retreat from trade with China makes sense for the United States

Trade tensions and mistrust are escalating between the US and China.

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In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

What remains abundantly clear is that testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and community engagement are essential to halting the spread of COVID-19 across the world.

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Islamic State militants incite attacks, gloat at US protests and pandemic deaths

Islamic State fighters are celebrating the effects of racial tensions and pandemic in America.

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Is America a ‘failing state’? How a superpower has been brought to the brink

Today, the US is not dominant, it is in crisis: convulsed by riots and protest, riven by a virus that has galloped away from those charged with overseeing it, and heading into a presidential…

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Can the president really order the military to occupy US cities and states?

Is Donald Trump’s warning just bluster? Does the president have the authority to send the military into American cities?

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Lockdowns: We need to experiment with reopenings now to prevent a second wave

Governments across the world have tentatively started lifting restrictions and reopening their economies

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The World Health Organisation must answer these hard questions in its coronavirus inquiry

WHO must now answer some tough questions about the extent it has kowtowed to China during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus outbreak: US and UK governments are losing public trust

The public preferred their governments to take action more quickly in the UK and the US

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Islamic State could be about to hit back – and the world is paying little attention

The threat of a resurgent IS is mounting and governments around the world could be about to make the same mistake of reacting too late.

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Vietnam has reported no coronavirus deaths – how?

Vietnam offers important lessons as COVID-19 is set to spread further across developing countries.

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Coronavirus conspiracy theories are dangerous – here’s how to stop them spreading

At the same time, the pandemic has been accompanied by an infodemic of disinformation, half-truths and conspiracy theories that have spread virally through social networks.

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