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Health officials spray disinfectant as part of preventative measures against COVID-19, in the Daesong Department Store in Pyongyang, North Korea, in September. Photo: Kim Won JinAFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization said it's sending COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea.

Why it matters: It's an indication that North Korea may be loosening one of the "world's strictest pandemic border closures to receive outside help," notes AP, which first reported the news. North Korea has never publicly confirmed a coronavirus case, though experts doubt it's been untouched by infection.

What's happening: The WHO said in a weekly monitoring report that it's begun the process of sending the supplies via Dalian's port in northeast China for "strategic stockpiling and further dispatch" to North Korea.

  • North Korea has reported to the WHO that all of the 40,700 people it tested for the virus through Sept. 23 returned negative results. 94 had flu-like symptoms.

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Oct 14, 2021 - World

Views on diversity around the world

Reproduced from Pew Research; Chart: Axios Visuals

Pew polled 17 wealthy countries about the divisions that exist in their societies: politics, race, region and urban/rural.

Key findings: In 14 of the countries, respondents were mostly likely to say that politics was a source of strong divisions, ranging from 90% in the U.S. and South Korea to 52% in the U.K., 44% in Canada, 39% in Japan and 33% in Singapore.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.

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