Welcome back World readers. Tonight, we're taking you from Brazil to Kosovo in 1,555 words (6 minutes).
Situational awareness: President Trump claimed tonight that he has a "very good idea" of what Kim Jong-un's current condition is amid reports the North Korean dictator is seriously ill or even dead:
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No longer joined at the hip. Moro (L) and Bolsonaro (R) in puppet form during Carnival in Recife. Photo: Leo Malafaia/AFP via Getty Images
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro may dismiss the coronavirus crisis, but he's taking the crisis within his administration head-on.
Driving the news: Bolsonaro’s most valuable ally resigned on national television on Friday, accusing the president of firing the head of Brazil’s federal police in order to hamper ongoing investigations.
The big picture: Moro is a hero to Brazilian conservatives for an anti-corruption crusade that saw former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva jailed and brought down politicians in several other countries.
Why it matters: Moro’s allegations could eventually provide a legal basis for the impeachment push that was already gaining steam due to COVID-19, as Bolsonaro attempted to block states from imposing lockdowns.
Where things stand: A poll published in early April found that 59% of Brazilians believed Bolsonaro should remain in office, while 37% thought he should resign.
Flashback: Bolsonaro swept to victory in 2018 on promises to take on the establishment, fight crime and corruption, and reform the economy.
What to watch: Bolsonaro is attempting to shore up his administration and cement alliances in Congress, where majorities in both houses would be needed to remove him.
Global military spending climbed in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year to a new high of $1.9 trillion, or 2.2% of global GDP, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Breaking it down: The U.S. spent nearly 3x as much as China and 10x as much as any other country on Earth.
What to watch: Military budgets contracted sharply following the 2008 financial crisis, and a similar trend is likely due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
Note: The numbers for China and Saudi Arabia are estimates.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The world's 1.8 billion Muslims are experiencing a very different Ramadan this year, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh reports.
In photos: Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic
He's No. 1. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images
The world has rarely been more ripe for power grabs, and Hungary's Viktor Orbán is not the only leader taking advantage.
The big picture: Emergency laws in Serbia and Cambodia also provide leaders near-total power, while governments elsewhere are using the virus as cover to crack down on the media, opposition or minorities, the Economist reports:
A scene from the now-open Wuhan Zoo. Photo: Getty Images
The Chinese government lifted the cordon sanitaire around Wuhan last week after 76 days, but it's still attempting to control the information that gets out of the city where the pandemic began.
Zoom in: At least three high-profile critics of China’s initial response have gone missing, the FT’s Don Weinland notes in a dispatch from Wuhan that contrasts the official timeline with accounts from people who lived through it.
Chinese writer Fang Fang documented the evolving situation from Jan. 25 onward in her “Wuhan Diary,” which gained a wide readership in China even as some entries were quickly taken down by censors.
The official death toll in Wuhan was raised by 50% earlier this month, but the true number may never be known.
Grenell (L) with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Photo: Milos Miskov/Anadolu Agency via Getty
Kosovo’s acting prime minister has accused the Trump administration — specifically acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell — of causing the collapse of his government.
Why it matters: Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s government fell apart in late March after just two months. He claims it was a casualty of U.S. efforts to garner a foreign policy victory by forging a pact between Kosovo and Serbia.
The big picture: Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a decade after the Kosovo War.
What they’re saying: Kurti, now acting prime minister, told Foreign Policy’s Amy Mackinnon that Grenell had pressured him to drop the tariffs and, when unsuccessful, urged his coalition partners to abandon him.
Istanbul's Blue Mosque sits empty as Ramadan begins. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
"We have won that battle."— Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on community spread of coronavirus in New Zealand. She warned that the fight wasn't over, adding: "We are opening up the economy, but we're not opening up people's social lives."