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Less than a month after hitting the three-million mark, India’s overall caseload has surpassed five million, making it the world’s second-largest outbreak, behind solely that of the U.S.

The nation’s seven-day common of latest day by day instances surpassed 90,000 for practically per week.

More than 82,000 of the nation’s virus sufferers have died, far fewer deaths per capita than many different international locations. Record-keeping varies throughout international locations, so comparisons are unsure, however docs say the decrease loss of life fee displays India’s youthful and leaner inhabitants. Here are our live updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • An experimental drug markedly diminished ranges of the virus in newly contaminated sufferers and lowered the possibilities that they would want hospitalization, the drug’s maker, Eli Lilly, introduced on Wednesday. The drug is a monoclonal antibody, a manufactured copy of an antibody produced by a affected person who recovered from Covid-19.

  • Russia’s vaccine, which has been authorized by the federal government however not but absolutely examined for security and efficacy, won a new customer in India, in response to a Russian monetary firm backing the vaccine.

  • Six months after locking down the nation to curb the unfold of the virus, Nepal is beginning to welcome again trekkers and mountaineers.

A video of a person beating his spouse so severely that she jumped from a second-floor window to flee failed to sway a court in Henan Province to grant her a divorce. The court docket stated her husband had not agreed to the divorce and that the couple ought to search mediation.

The girl, Liu Zengyan, uploaded the video to WeChat, China’s dominant social media platform. Thousands rallied to her protection, and a hashtag about her case was considered greater than a billion instances on the microblogging website Weibo. News media interviews quickly adopted.

Before lengthy, a choose referred to as Ms. Liu to say there was no want for mediation and the court docket would subject a verdict quickly. In July, three weeks after she launched the video, the divorce was granted.

The numbers: Two of the largest points dealing with girls in China are the prevalence of home violence and a authorized system stacked in opposition to them. About one in 4 girls has suffered bodily or verbal abuse, or had her freedom restricted by her accomplice, in response to a survey by the All-China Women’s Federation in 2011. Activists say the numbers are far increased.

Wildfires are devastating the American West, however it isn’t alone.

This yr, the Arctic, Siberia, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil and Argentina additionally experienced their worst wildfires in a long time.

Why: In every case, the contributing elements are totally different, however an underlying theme runs by way of the story: Hotter, drier seasons, pushed by the burning of fossil fuels, have made the world extra vulnerable to erupt in flames.

Quotable: “We don’t have a fire problem; we have many fire problems,” stated Stephen J. Pyne, a professor at Arizona State University who research wildfires and their historical past. “One, obviously, is a deep one. It has to do with fossil fuels and climate.”

Latest within the U.S.: The prospect of scattered rain within the Pacific Northwest raised hopes for higher firefighting circumstances in Washington and Oregon, however California remained dry.

Legend has it that the enormous stinging bushes within the rain forests of japanese Australia drive males to insanity and has prompted horses to hurl themselves off cliffs. There’s some fact to it: the hypodermic-needle-like hairs of its leaves inject a toxin that may trigger ache in waves for hours or days.

Years of experiments and numerous stings later, a group of scientists has recognized a minimum of a number of the elements that give the vegetation their terribly painful punch — and so they have a connection to spiders, amongst different stinging organisms.

China hacking: A gaggle related to China’s intelligence service has infiltrated greater than 100 firms and organizations around the globe to steal intelligence, hijack their networks and extort their victims, in response to the U.S. Justice Department, which launched indictments against five Chinese nationals.

Germany far-right: A police pressure in western Germany has suspended 29 officers suspected of sharing images of Hitler and violent neo-Nazi propaganda in on-line discussion groups. The inside minister of North-Rhine Westphalia, the place the chats had been found, referred to as them a “disgrace.”

Chinese billionaire: A court docket in China has barred Chen Feng, the chairman and co-founder of the HNA Group, after the corporate didn’t pay cash it owed in two authorized settlements. It was a humbling flip of occasions for what was as soon as one among China’s greatest enterprise empires.

Torture in Venezuela: United Nations investigators have implicated President Nicolás Maduro and different high-ranking officers in human rights abuses amounting to crimes against humanity, together with killings, torture and sexual violence. The panel recognized 45 officers in two intelligence companies as instantly chargeable for torture.

Snapshot: Above, floods in downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday after Hurricane Sally made landfall. The Category 2 storm introduced heavy winds and flooding. Scientists say that climate change, which has additionally contributed to the wildfires on the West Coast, helped intensify the storm.

What we’re studying: The essay “Empire and Degradation” in The Baffler. “The world looks different to me after reading Isabel Wilkerson’s book ‘Caste,’ about how social hierarchies can use and enable viciousness,” writes Andrea Kannapell, the Briefings editor. “This examination of the colonial British abasement of Indian women fits right in.”

Was Yoshihide Suga a well known determine in Japan earlier than changing into prime minister?

Motoko: Mr. Suga was the chief cupboard secretary, successfully the chief of employees, to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In that position, Mr. Suga gave two day by day press conferences, so he’s a well-known face on the information. He additionally gained prominence final yr when he unveiled a calligraphic rendering of “Reiwa,” the identify chosen for the incoming period of Emperor Naruhito, incomes him the nickname “Uncle Reiwa.” There are spoofs all over the internet.

Do you sense any trepidation among the many Japanese?

Mr. Abe resigned due to sick well being, and he and the Liberal Democratic Party kingmakers successfully handed the reins to his right-hand man. Mr. Suga has stated he’ll hold all of Mr. Abe’s signature insurance policies in place. He has retained the vast majority of Mr. Abe’s cupboard. So in that sense, it is rather a lot the established order.

What might be his hardest problem?

Like nearly each different chief on the earth, he has to get the coronavirus below management and assist a battered financial system. But he additionally faces rising safety threats from North Korea and China, Japan’s largest buying and selling accomplice.

Then there are the long-term structural points: a low start fee, an getting old inhabitants, local weather change and girls who had been promised empowerment below Mr. Abe however are nonetheless ready on many fronts.

And his first order of enterprise?

To attempt to get the financial system again on its ft. And to determine whether or not to name a snap election that might consolidate his energy and provides him an opportunity at being greater than a caretaker chief.

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— Carole

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