Analysis & Comment

Your Wednesday Briefing

‘Have you no shame?’ In an impassioned speech in Philadelphia, President Biden described the fight against restrictive voting laws as the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” and called Donald J. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election “a big lie.” “Help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our election and […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Friday Briefing

We’re covering a shootout and a search for assassins in Haiti, and Olympic spectators being barred as Tokyo’s virus situation worsens. Haiti hunts down assassins of president Nearly 24 hours after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, the security forces engaged in a chaotic shootout with a group they described as suspected assailants, […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Thursday Briefing

Europe’s summertime vaccination push The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has called for all E.U. residents to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as quickly as possible this summer, as concerns grow that the contagious Delta variant will sweep across the bloc. Though preliminary data show that the variant can infect partly vaccinated […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Thursday Briefing

We’re covering the fragile coalition deal in Israel to replace Netanyahu, and the vast differences in Covid outbreaks around the world. Israeli opposition agrees on new governing coalition Israeli opposition parties announced that they had reached a coalition agreement to form a government and oust Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history and […]

Business

Revealed: NZ Space Agency briefing on Rocket Lab’s controversial Gunsmoke J launch for US Army

It’s been something a horror month for Rocket Lab in the build-up to its $6 billion listing on the Nasdaq. First, it suffered its third mission failure for its Electron rocket, then there was bad publicity over a $100,000 unjustified dismissal penalty. Do “Gunsmoke-J” documents released to the Herald under the Official Information Act make […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Monday Briefing

Covid deaths devastate India India is experiencing a terrible outbreak of the coronavirus, with more than 300,000 new infections and 2,000 deaths per day, up from fewer than 100 deaths per day in February. Experts warn the true death toll is far higher than officially reported. A sluggish vaccination campaign and an insidious new virus […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Tuesday Briefing

We’re covering a crisis in India’s second coronavirus wave, and a stealth arms race building between the Koreas. India’s cases spiral Delhi enacted a weeklong citywide lockdown on Monday, as coronavirus infections and deaths in India reported new daily records and several local governments announced they were facing shortages of oxygen, I.C.U. beds and treatments. […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Wednesday Briefing

AstraZeneca’s latest stumble In a two-page letter, federal health officials and an independent panel of medical experts accused AstraZeneca of cherry-picking data about the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine. The company had said that based on its U.S. trial, the vaccine appeared to be 79 percent effective at preventing Covid-19. But the panel said its […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Tuesday Briefing

Piling on charges in Myanmar. By Melina Delkic Good morning. We’re covering new charges against Myanmar’s deposed leader, China’s new digital currency and the ugly divorce between Britain and the E.U. New charges and resistance in Myanmar As the military rulers in Myanmar escalated a crackdown on protests, new charges were brought against Daw Aung […]

Analysis & Comment

Your Wednesday Briefing

Britain passes a grim pandemic milestone. By Natasha Frost Good morning. We’re covering tragic statistics for Britain and the world, a feud over vaccine access and the latest from Washington. Britain passes a grim pandemic milestone As the world surpassed 100 million known cases, Britain this week hit a tragic milestone of its own: 100,000 […]