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.


A man gets a hair cut at a hairdressing salon in Sevres, outside Paris, May 11, 2020. The French began leaving their homes and apartments for the first time in two months without permission slips as the country cautiously lifted its lockdown. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Restart or re-stop? Countries reopen amid second-wave fears

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.

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In this photo provided Monday, May 11, 2020, by the Iranian Army, the Konarak support vessel which was struck during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman, is docked in an unidentified naval base in Iran. An Iranian missile fired during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman struck a support vessel near its target, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15. (Iranian Army via AP)

Iran says 19 of its sailors killed in training accident

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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In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang listens to a question during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. Lawsuits are starting to pile up around the U.S. seeking to hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

US virus patients and businesses sue China over outbreak

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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Police arrest anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, early May 11, 2020. A pro-democracy movement that paralyzed Hong Kong for months last year has shown signs of reviving in recent weeks as the coronavirus threat eases. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police arrest more than 200 in renewed protests

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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The ceremony for the reopening of the Disneyland theme park is held in Shanghai Monday, May 11, 2020. Visits will be limited initially and must be booked in advance, and the company said it will increase cleaning and require social distancing in lines for the various attractions. With warmer weather and new coronavirus cases and deaths falling to near-zero, China has been reopening tourist sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

Shanghai Disneyland opens with anti-virus controls

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.

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