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25,000 teachers are on strike in Chicago, the country's third-largest school district, and it's keeping about 300,000 students from the classroom, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: This is the second time in 2019 that teachers in a large school district in the U.S. have gone on strike — "representing a wave of teacher activism that has swept the nation," writes the Post.

  • Teachers in Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest school system, went on strike earlier this year to demand better resources, per the Los Angeles Times.

Why it matters: This strike will be Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's first major mayoral test, notes the Washington Post. The strike has forced her to cancel classes, but she says Chicago cannot afford to fulfill the teachers' requests.

What they're demanding: The teachers are asking for capped class sizes, higher salaries, increased hiring of teacher's assistants and nurses, per the Post.

  • The teachers are also asking Chicago to address the housing crisis as thousands of students are homeless. So in addition to teaching the students, the teachers "often have to ensure their basic needs are being met," according to the Post.

Go deeper: No end in sight for nationwide wave of teacher strikes

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta pummels Alabama after Louisiana landfall

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Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," it began lashing Alabama late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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