Catholic worshippers pray inside Seville's cathedral, Spain, Monday, May 11, 2020. Roughly half of 47 million Spaniards are stepping into a softer version of the country's coronavirus strict confinement and are beginning to socialize, shop in small establishments and enjoy a meal or a coffee in restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
5 international stories of the week
Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from around the world. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
Countries reopening their economies amid second-wave pandemic fears, a misfire which killed 19 sailors during an Iranian military training exercise, Americans suing China over the virus outbreak, Hong Kong police arresting more than 200 people in renewed protests and the reopening of Shanghai’s Disneyland make up this week’s five international stories.
Plastic spacing barriers and millions of masks appeared on the streets of Europe’s reopened cities Monday, as France and Belgium emerged from lockdowns, the Netherlands sent children back to school and Spain let people eat outdoors. All faced the delicate balance of trying to restart economies without causing a second wave of coronavirus infections. Fears of infection spikes have been borne out over the past few days in countries which eased restrictions.
Read more: Virus outbreak
A missile fired during an Iranian military training exercise mistakenly struck a naval vessel instead of its intended target in waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others. The bungled training exercises took place Sunday and raised new questions about the readiness of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces amid heightened tensions with U.S., just months after they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran.
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At least nine lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against China claiming authorities there did not do enough to corral the virus initially, tried to hide what was happening in the outbreak center of Wuhan and sought to conceal their actions and what they knew. Eight of the lawsuits are potential class actions that would represent thousands of people and businesses. One was filed by the attorney general of Missouri — so far the only state to take legal action against China.
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More than 200 people were arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Sunday night as authorities seek to prevent a revival of massive demonstrations, including through the application of anti-social gathering regulations to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Around 230 people were arrested on a range of charges, including unlawful assembly, “possessing anything with intent to destroy or damage property” and failure to produce proof of identity.
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Visitors in face masks streamed into Shanghai Disneyland as the theme park reopened Monday in a high-profile step toward reviving tourism that was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. The House of Mouse’s experience in Shanghai, the first of its parks to reopen, foreshadows hurdles global entertainment industries might face. Disney is limiting visitor numbers, requiring masks and checking for the virus’s telltale fever.
Read more: Travel