5 things to know today

By The Associated Press

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2. SOUTH SUDAN STRUGGLES AGAINST COVID-19 Five years of civil war and corruption stripped away much of its health system. Nearly half of the population was hungry before the pandemic. One doctor says the situation could spin “out of control at any time.”

3. POACHING ON RISE IN ASIA, AFRICA AMID PANDEMIC Wildlife advocates fear that poor families are turning to hunting animals such as gazelles for food or chopping down trees to eke out a living. Authorities in India worry about endangered tigers and leopards as well as the species those big cats depend on to survive.

4 NASCAR DRIVER BUBBA WALLACE FINDS NOOSE IN GARAGE STALL Wallace, the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series, successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties.

5. FASHION BRANDS UNDER FIRE FOR RACIST ATTITUDES Global fashion brands have been challenged in the past to become more racially inclusive. But recent protests against systemic racism are increasingly targeting the fashion world and its role as a cultural beacon.

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