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Monkeys in New Delhi, India, April 10. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images

With half the world's population on lockdown, wild animals are roaming freely in cities and regions usually bustling with people.

The big picture: From South Africa to the South Australian city of Adelaide, take a look at some of the species thriving in areas under restrictions from the novel coronavirus.

Wild boars take advantage of a lack of people during the lockdown in Ajaccio, capital of Corsica, April 18. Photo: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP via Getty Images
A seabird on clearer waters in a Venice canal, March 17. Italy has reported more "fish, ducks and dolphins in the empty canals," the World Economic Forum notes. This is due to a "reduction in boat traffic," per Snopes which found the return of such wildlife to Italy's waterways "were not necessarily new phenomena" related to the lockdown. Photo: Andrea Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images
Mountain goats roam the streets of LLandudno in Wales, March 31. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Conservationists in Florida told CBS 12 that Leatherback sea turtles have been thriving during the lockdown measures. The state announced Friday that some parks and beaches were reopening for some activities. Photo: Mark Conlin/VW PICS/UIG via Getty Images
Buffalo walk on an empty New Delhi highway, April 8. Photo: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images
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Go deeper: Coronavirus could impinge on summer plans and seasonal business

Editor's note: This article has been updated with video of the kangaroo and more information on the wildlife in Venice.

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Updated Jul 27, 2020 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Civil rights icon John Lewis honored with ceremonies across Alabama

A horse-drawn carriage carrying the body of the late Rep. John Lewis on July 26 crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where Lewis and other civil rights leaders were attacked by police officers while marching in support of voting rights. Photo: Lynsey Weatherspoon/Getty Images

The life of the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is being celebrated in a series of memorials this weekend across Alabama, the state in which he was born.

The big picture: Six days of remembrance for the giant of the civil rights movement, who died on July 17 at age 80, began Saturday morning with a service celebrating "The Boy from Troy" at Trojan Arena, Troy University, per a schedule provided by his family.

Updated 24 mins ago - Health

The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Omicron's blitz around the world has underscored the need for a new arsenal of COVID vaccines and therapeutics, experts say — and that may require an effort akin to Operation Warp Speed 2.0.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to evolve, potentially in a way that further escapes vaccine protection, and the best way to prevent more global disruptions to everyday life is to have tools ready to combat whatever comes next.

Ina Fried, author of Login
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Microsoft's metaverse maneuvering

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Microsoft is pitching investors and regulators that its $68 billion Activision Blizzard deal is all about the metaverse, that nebulous buzzword taking the tech world by storm.

What they're saying: By my colleague Stephen Totilo's count, Nadella used the word "metaverse" at least five times in his conference call discussing the deal. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick mentioned the metaverse four times, while Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer used the term twice.