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Discussion: How the coronavirus affects already fragile communities

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 will be taking your questions and moderating a discussion with Jocelyn Kelly, director of the program on gender, rights and resilience at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, on Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020, at noon Eastern time.

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TikTok, WeChat targeted by Trump executive order; Lebanese president details blast investigation; Russia's vaccine shortcut

Citing national security grounds, US President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of the popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat, And, Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced that the blast investigation would encompass three levels of inquiry, including the possibility of foreign interference. Also, Moscow has taken a shortcut toward a coronavirus vaccine, with some medical workers and government employees in Russia’s capital being eligible to receive what is being deemed the world’s first vaccine.

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