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The world isn't laughing at America -- it's pitying us

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

One of Trump's big election lines in 2016 was that the world was laughing at America. That wasn't true, but now the reality is worse: A bemused world is pitying America. Consider this selection of global headlines this week, compiled by Meanwhile producer Shelby Rose, as the coronavirus resurged across the US.

Brooklyn (CNN)It's like the Fourth of July, Bonfire Night, Diwali and Chinese New Year -- every night.

In the last few months alone, the New York Police Department has fielded more than 4,000 firework-related complaints -- which is a lot when you consider that fireworks are banned in New York City.

But since plenty of states do permit all kinds of fireworks to be sold, pyrophilic New Yorkers need only cross state lines into, say, Pennsylvania to stock up.

"We are going in the wrong direction and at full speed: In the United States, a worrying resurgence of the pandemic," read French newspaper Le Monde this week.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut impose a mandatory 14-days quarantine from visitors coming from nine states," read Spain's El Pais.

The virus has America in a "stranglehold," said Swiss paper of record Neue Z├╝rcher Zeitung, and has surged "in states where they laughed at masks. "

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