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New Zealand, Beirut Protests, Fashion’s Future: Your Monday Briefing

2020-08-09 22:59:13
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Good morning.

We’re covering a coronavirus milestone for New Zealand, a potential turning point in Beirut and an elephant’s 1,700-mile pandemic road trip.

New Zealand said in March that it had stamped out the virus after strict lockdown measures were put in effect, and there has been no community transmission since. There are still 23 active cases in managed isolation, according to the Health Ministry.

Public life has resumed for many people in the country, as they go to restaurants, bars and sporting events. But experts caution that letting down their guard now could lead to future outbreaks.

Here are the latest updates and maps of where the virus has spread.

In other developments:


The officials dismissed the possible impact of the penalties, while also calling them “barbaric interference” in China.

U.S.-China relations are at a low point, and the sanctions follow the Trump administration’s decision on Thursday to penalize TikTok and WeChat, two of the most successful apps to come out of China.


To gauge the expected blast and fragmentary effects of exploding munitions, we were trained to determine first which explosive material was present and then calculate its comparative weight in TNT to use as a common reference point. After that, the rest is simple math. But for ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer stored in bulk, there is no simple textbook answer.

There were multiple factors to consider — including how the fertilizer might have degraded after years in relatively open storage near the water and whether there were other compounds present that may have contributed to the blast — so I had to interpret them as best I could.

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