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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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Mauritius rushes to stave off oil spill

“It is the biggest natural disaster to my knowledge that we are having in Mauritius,” said Jacqueline Sauzier, a microbiologist who heads Mauritius Marine Conservation Society. The oil spill poses a threat to nearby ecology and wildlife on wetlands and smaller islands.

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Belarus opposition leader flees country; Russia approves coronavirus vaccine; Trump proposes additional limits on US-Mexico border

The main challenger in Belarus' presidential vote, who has refused to concede defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, has left the country and is now in neighboring Lithuania. And, Russia has became the first country in the world to clear a coronavirus vaccine. Also, the Trump administration is reportedly considering additional ways to limit entry at the US-Mexico border.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: How the coronavirus affects already fragile communities

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What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on places of armed conflict or refugee settlements that are already fragile due to violence and deprivation? As part of our regular series of conversations on the pandemic, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Jocelyn Kelly, director of the program on gender, rights and resilience at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.