Dec 17, 2018

In photos: Protestors in Brussels rage against UN migration pact

Protestors at a gathering in Brussels against the UN global pact on migration. Photo: Jonas Roosens/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protestors in Brussels clashed with police on Sunday as they demonstrated against a UN migration pact signed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel last week, reports the BBC.

Why it matters: The mass protest near the European Union complex attracted some 5,500 people and was organized by the right-wing N-VA party, which resigned from Belgium's federal government over Michel's decision to sign the agreement. The UN pact, which aims to foster international cooperation on refugees and migration, is facing pressure from the Trump administration, which argues the document harms sovereignty and legitimizes illegal migration.

Anti-migration protesters gather for a demonstration as police officers intervene with tear gas near EU buildings in Brussels on Sunday. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Protesters clash with police. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images
Belgian right-wing associations participated in the protest against a UN migration pact. Photo: Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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Alaska becomes latest state to issue coronavirus stay-at-home order

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Alaska issued a mandate Friday evening for all people in the state to "remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing" except for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions, effective Saturday at 5 p.m.

The big picture: This is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide were asked to stay home Monday.

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Focus group: Minnesota swing voters balk at Trump's Easter deadline

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A group of Midwestern swing voters that supported President Trump's handling of the coronavirus less than two weeks ago is balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter, saying they'll tolerate business closures for as long as it takes to contain the spread.

Why it matters: Their feedback suggests that some voters otherwise mostly supportive of the president — and who still see financial threats outpacing health threats — aren't so tired of social distancing that they're willing to risk ending it too quickly.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 607,965 — Total deaths: 28,125 — Total recoveries: 132,688.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 104,837 — Total deaths: 1,711 — Total recoveries: 894.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to provide businesses and U.S. workers economic relief.
  4. State updates: North Carolina is latest state to issue stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month.
  5. World updates: Italy reported 969 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the country's deadliest day.
  6. Business latest: President Trump authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to direct General Motors to build ventilators for those affected by COVID-19. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been appointed to enforce the act.
  7. 🏰 1 Disney thing: Both Disney World and Disneyland theme parks in the U.S. are closed until further notice.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancing.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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