Hard Numbers: Sikhs killed in Kabul, EU's scant medical resources, and Khashoggi's killers

20: Turkish prosecutors have charged 20 Saudi officials with the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkey will proceed with a trial in absentia for the suspects after Riyadh rejected Ankara's calls to have those involved extradited to Turkey to face trial.


10%: The stockpile of medical equipment and resources available throughout the European Union will only serve about 10 percent of demand as the coronavirus continues to sweep the 27-nation bloc. A leaked EU memo warned that a lack of ventilators and personal protective equipment could impede Europe's ability to curb the virus' spread.

66: Amid coronavirus fears, 66 percent of American adults say they're less likely to travel outside of the country for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the travel industry fears that it could take months for business to bounce back even after the virus curve flattens.

25: Militants associated with the Islamic State stormed a Sikh temple Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, killing 25 people. Ongoing violence by Islamist groups in Afghanistan serves to scuttle a fresh peace deal with the US, as well as undermine Afghanistan's ability to manage a surge of coronavirus infections.

Brazil's governors take on Bolsonaro: We've previously written about the tensions between local and national governments over coronavirus response, but few places have had it as bad as Brazil. As COVID-19 infections surged in Brazil, the country's governors quickly mobilized – often with scarce resources – to enforce citywide lockdowns. Brazil's gangs have even risen to the occasion, enforcing strict curfews to limit the virus' spread in Rio de Janeiro. But Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has mocked the seriousness of the disease and urged states to loosen quarantines in order to get the economy up and running again. "Put the people to work," he said this week, "Preserve the elderly; preserve those who have health problems. But nothing more than that." In response, governors around the country – including some of his allies – issued a joint letter to the president, begging him to listen to health experts and help states contain the virus. The governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil's economic powerhouse, has even threatened to sue the federal government if Bolsonaro continues to undermine his efforts to combat the virus' spread.

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Governments of the developed world are finally responding with due sense of urgency, individually in 3 different ways.

1st, stand health care systems up so they won't get overwhelmed (late responses). The private & public sector together, building additional ICU beds, supply capacity and production of medical equipment and surge medical personnel in the US, Canada, across Europe & the UK. Unclear if we avoid a Northern Italy scenario. A couple days ago, Dr. Fauci from the NIH said he was hopeful. Epidemiologists and critical care doctors don't feel comfortable. Not in New York, Chicago, LA, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans. In Europe, particularly London, Madrid, Catalonia, Barcelona, might be significantly short.

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The major outbreaks of coronavirus in China, Europe, and the United States have garnered the most Western media attention in recent weeks. Yesterday, we went behind the headlines to see how Mexico and Russia are faring. Today, we'll look at three other potential hotspots where authorities and citizens are now contending with the worst global pandemic in a century.

Start with India. For weeks, coronavirus questions hovered above that other country with a billion-plus people, a famously chaotic democracy where the central government can't simply order a Chinese-scale public lockdown with confidence that it will be respected. It's a country where 90 percent of people work off the books— without a minimum wage, a pension, a strong national healthcare system, or a way to work from home.

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In the end, it took the coronavirus to break the year-long deadlock in Israeli politics. Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu will still face corruption charges, but he has yet another new lease on political life, as he and political rival Benny Gantz cut a deal yesterday: Bibi will continue as prime minister, with Gantz serving as Speaker of the Knesset, Israel's parliament. After 18 months, Gantz will take over as prime minister, but many doubt that will ever happen.

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