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British PM faces tough EU trade negotiations; New Zealand voters head to the polls; Mexican official arrested at LAX

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK should prepare for Brexit to take place in 10 weeks, even in the absence of a trade deal with the European Union. Voters in New Zealand head to the polls Saturday to decide whether Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern should serve a second term. And, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, the former Mexican defense minister, was arrested Thursday by US authorities — acting on the orders of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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WHO expresses reservations about plasma therapy; Dual storms menace the Gulf of Mexico; Belarus crackdown continues

Officials from the World Health Organization said on Monday that the use of convalescent plasma was still an “experimental” treatment for the coronavirus. In the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, two major storms are making similar trajectories toward the coast of Louisiana. And authorities in Belarus continued a crackdown on a massive protest movement against President Alexander Lukashenko.

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Harris veep pick welcomed by diasporas; Scottish passenger train derails; New Zealand reimposes lockdown measures

Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential contest is drawing attention from a wide range of groups. And, a passenger train derailed during storms on Wednesday in the Aberdeenshire area of Scotland. Also, in New Zealand, government officials are looking into the possibility that freight could be the source of the first COVID-19 infections in over three months.

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Russia, Philippines hand down controversial convictions; Beijing lockdowns return; New Zealand sports fans return to stadiums

In Russia and the Philippines, convictions of an ex-marine and journalist are raising concern. The police killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has reignited protests. Rising COVID-19 cases in Beijing has prompted new lockdowns, while US states are seeing huge jumps in infections. In New Zealand, sports fans returned to a stadium for a rugby match.

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Symbols of 'racist past' topple amid global BLM protests; New Zealand reports no active COVID-19 cases

A statue of a British slave trader in the UK and confederate statues in the US have been toppled or defaced as protesters demand a reckoning on systemic racism. Some Minneapolis City Council members said they will “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department." New Zealand has no active cases of COVID-19 in the country. Brasilia has become a new hotspot for the virus.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Mental health, stress and resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 continues to cost lives, sicken millions and force physical distancing. And we may be only beginning to see the psychological impacts of the pandemic. As part of a weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Development & Education

Earthquake hits New Zealand

New Zealand's second biggest city, Christchurch, has suffered its second earthquake in the past five months. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Peter Mitchell of the National Civil Defence Centre, who's coordinating the response to the crisis.

Arts, Culture & Media

Ice breaks off glacier in New Zealand

Following an earthquake in Christchurch, a 30-million ton chunk of ice broke off the Tasman Glacier into the Tasman Lake. Tourists were on a pontoon boat just as the ice broke off. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the boat's skipper, Mark Bascand.

Conflict & Justice

Hundreds missing after New Zealand quake

About 300 people remain missing in New Zealand in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake. 75 people are known dead, with the toll expected to rise. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Ian Maclean of the NZ Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management.

Environment

Carol Diebel

Carol Diebel, the Director of Natural Environment at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Center, talks about the rare colossal squid captured off the coast of Antarctica that her lab is about to dissect.

Environment

Lower-emitting livestock

In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations, New Zealand must limit greenhouse gases from its biggest contributors, sheep and cattle. Mark Aspin (Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium) is developing livestock that produce less methane.

New report ranks environmental efforts

A new report was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2008 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries for their efforts in addressing environmental issues

Seeking a ban on cluster bombs

An international conference aimed at building support for a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs wrapped up in New Zealand today, and so far, 82 countries have signaled their support

Environment

Geo answer

The answer to today's geo quiz is New Zealand's North Island, where conservationists struggled to save two pygmy sperm whales stranded on the island's eastern coast. The World's David Leveille has the story.

Friday round-up

Anchor Lisa Mullins has a quick round-up of quirky news stories from around the globe.