Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Outbreak sickens stocks

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/10/20, 11:31 am

U.S. stocks recovered some on Tuesday after a steep decline the day before. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 7.8 percent on Monday in its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008. President Donald Trump said he would ask Congress to pass payroll tax relief to help calm the economy. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees U.S. financial markets, asked employees to work remotely for the foreseeable future after an employee at the agency’s Washington headquarters came down with respiratory symptoms on Monday.

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Two men claim the presidency in Afghanistan

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/09/20, 10:26 am

As rocket fire landed within earshot, incumbent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told attendees at his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, “We’ve seen bigger attacks. Don’t be afraid of just two blasts.” Many Afghans fear more violence ahead after Ghani and his political rival, Abdullah Abdullah, each took the oath of office at simultaneous ceremonies. Both claimed victory in September’s election, which Ghani officially won but Abdullah said was tainted by fraud.

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WHO updates COVID-19 death stats

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/04/20, 11:29 am

The coronavirus outbreak has a higher overall mortality rate than previously thought. At 3.4 percent, it surpasses seasonal flu but falls short of the 10 percent death rate for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or the 34 percent rate for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)—both also coronaviruses. The World Health Organization noted Tuesday that the calculation does not include infected people who didn’t need medical attention. The mortality rate from the new coronavirus is much higher among the elderly and infirm than in the rest of the population.

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