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Belarus Protests, Russia’s Vaccine, Christchurch Sentencing: Your Monday Briefing

2020-08-24 05:04:07
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Good morning.

We’re covering the frosty reception for Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, the sentencing for the Christchurch mosques massacre and a Nigerian ballet school suddenly in the spotlight.

Named to evoke 20th-century Soviet space triumph, Sputnik V was supposed to end the pandemic. The Russian vaccine for the novel coronavirus, officially approved this month, was hailed by President Vladimir Putin as “this first, very important step for our country, and generally for the whole world.”

The sentencing hearing for Brenton Tarrant, the Australian former fitness instructor who killed 51 people and wounded 40 last year at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, will begin on Monday.

This year’s cancellations have prodded institutions and artists to release a flood of online programming, intensifying our dependence on these audio and video resources.

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