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Mapping the Damage From the Beirut Explosions

Explosions erupted in Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday evening, leveling buildings, damaging hospitals and shattering windows miles away. At least 78 people were killed. A shockwave raced from the site of the blasts, Beirut’s industrial waterfront, into the city’s densely populated residential neighborhoods and shopping districts downtown. Dozens of nearby buildings collapsed or…

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Beirut Blasts, Melbourne Lockdown, Island SOS: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering mounting casualties from twin explosions in Beirut, tougher lockdown measures in Melbourne and a pushback from gymnasts against abuse. ImageThe port in Beirut after two explosions on Tuesday.  Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Dozens killed in massive Beirut explosions…

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Sotheby’s Reports $2.5 Billion in Sales

Sotheby’s, the international auction house bought in 2019 by the telecommunications magnate Patrick Drahi, reported Monday that it has sold $2.5 billion of art and collectibles so far this year. The figures include more than $285 million from online-only auctions and $575 million in private sales. “The art and luxury markets have…

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What Has Changed Since George Floyd

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Microsoft talked to President Trump about buying TikTok. Several countries are rushing their coronavirus vaccine efforts. Let’s start with a look at the growing adoption of police reforms. In Washington, the efforts to reform policing have stalled. Congress can’t agree…

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Guyana Swears In New Leader, Resolving Struggle Over Oil Wealth

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana’s opposition party has won a bitterly contested general election, ending a prolonged political standoff that had crippled investment and heightened ethnic tensions in the small South American nation. The opposition candidate Mohamed Irfaan Ali was sworn in on as Guyana’s president on Sunday, shortly after the national electoral…

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Iran Won’t Negotiate With U.S., Supreme Leader Says

Whether it’s reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, Times Video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. Whether it’s reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments,…

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Can Humans Give Coronavirus to Bats, and Other Wildlife?

Many people worry about bats as a source of viruses, including the one that has caused a worldwide pandemic. But another question is surfacing: Could humans pass the novel coronavirus to wildlife, specifically North American bats? It may seem like the last pandemic worry right now, far down the line after concerns…

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Hong Kong, U.S. Election, Bangladesh Floods: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering concerns about forced quarantines in China, President Trump’s suggestion to delay the election and what our critic learned in online theater training. , ImageAfter his release from prison, Wang Quanzhang was quarantined for weeks before being allowed to…

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The Autocrat Problem

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Congress questions Big Tech. Teachers’ unions push back on school reopenings. And Europe struggles to contain autocracy. ImagePrime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary has used the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to further centralize authority.Credit…Pool photo by Francois Lenoir The…

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