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Here are the top stories for Friday, May 8th: Pence aide diagnosed with coronavirus; Unemployment skyrockets to 14.7%; NYC mayor announces “test and trace corps;” Trump marks 75 years since VE Day in Europe.

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London’s Trafalgar Square near-empty for silence to mark VE Day | AFP

A small number of people gather in Trafalgar Square for a two-minute silence to commemorate VE Day in London. Europe and the United States mark 75 years since the end of World War II on Friday in a sombre mood as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time. IMAGES

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Red Arrows flypast to mark VE Day in London | AFP

Red Arrows flypast to mark VE Day outside Horse Guards Parade in London. Europe and the United States mark 75 years since the end of World War II on Friday in a sombre mood as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time. IMAGES

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British veterans produce ‘Tommy’ figures for VE Day | AFP

Military veterans at Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company – a social enterprise run by Royal British Legion Industries – are making ‘Tommy’ figures representing World War Two soldiers for people to put in their windows to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Coronavirus means there are fewer workers on shift than there would have been due to social distancing rules, and commemoration plans have been pared down, but Managing Director Kate Bull says demand for the statuettes shows people around the UK are keen to mark the anniversary.

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