New Zealand Attempts a Record-Setting ‘Vaxathon’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Since New Zealand closed its borders in March 2020, setting the stage for one of the world’s most successful Covid-19 responses, the wide-body jets that once ferried its citizens to every corner of the globe have mostly been redeployed for shipping freight. And the vast majority of Kiwis have, throughout the pandemic, been as flightless as their eponymous birds.

But on Saturday, some 300 residents of Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, boarded an Air New Zealand Boeing 787 jet once again at the city’s international airport. This time, it was not to take a trip, but

Moderna and J.& J. Boosters: What Are the Next Steps?

An independent panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration voted on Thursday to recommend a booster shot for many recipients of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, and on Friday to recommend authorizing booster shots of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose coronavirus vaccine for people 18 years or older, at least two months after the first dose.

So what happens now? There are further steps at the F.D.A., then steps at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the process ends with the states. Here’s how it breaks down.

  • The F.D.A., a federal agency of the Department of

‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Reunion Fashion Exclusive: Pink Glam Featuring Karen Huger in Custom Chasity Sereal, Askale Davis in JAELL by Jayda Ellis, Gizelle Bryant in Aaron Michael Jumpsuit + More

The looks from the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion are in and the category is…pink glam. With an exciting pink theme in place, the cast members of the popular reality series showed up in their best looks for taping of the reunion, which will be hosted by Nicki Minaj and Andy Cohen.

The ladies of Potomac definitely understood the assignment at hand. So, let’s get into the reunion looks:

Karen Huger wore a custom mini dress with a feather floor-length train by Chasity Sereal. For accessories, she went with a Cartier bracelet and wedding band from her personal collection. She …

Man Whose Attack on Ex-Wife Was Livestreamed Gets Death Penalty in China

A court in China gave the death penalty to a man who murdered his ex-wife while she was livestreaming, a case that shocked the country and ignited calls for better safeguards against domestic abuse.

The man, Tang Lu, committed “utterly cruel” criminal acts, the court in Sichuan Province said in Thursday’s verdict, which was handed down after a one-day hearing, according to official news reports.

The case had drawn intense attention in China, where the legal system has been criticized for failing to protect women from domestic violence, even after they seek help.

Mr. Tang’s ex-wife, Lhamo, 30, had done

Deadly Clashes in Beirut Escalate Fears Over Lebanon’s Dysfunction

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Armed clashes between sectarian militias transformed Beirut neighborhoods into a deadly war zone on Thursday, raising fears that violence could fill the void left by the near-collapse of the Lebanese state.

Rival gunmen, chanting in support of their leaders, hid behind cars and dumpsters to fire automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at their rivals. At least six people were killed and 30 wounded. Residents cowered in their homes, and teachers herded children into the hallways and basements of schools to protect them from the shooting.

It was some of the worst violence in years to convulse Beirut,

Must I Be Kind to My Money-Grubbing Parents?

I am the third-generation owner of a family business. The company is struggling now, and I can no longer afford to pay my parents who stopped working 11 years ago but still draw paychecks. Though the company has no legal obligation to pay them, my dad is threatening litigation. I made them an offer that will be burdensome for me to pay, but I’ll do it if it keeps the peace. My dilemma: When people come into the business and ask about my parents — or say: “What great people!” — how should I respond, considering they have put me

Sustainable and affordable cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics is a bankable cosmetics brand that has been a staple for years for anyone obsessed with beauty but on a budget. Beauty bloggers and professional makeup artists alike rave about the brand’s innovative products and love that the company has kept its prices low, even as its range has expanded. NYX founder, Toni Ko, launched the company in 1999 and told Marie Claire that the company’s main goal was to create a really affordable and really good product (in terms of saving money).…

Meteorite Crashes Through Ceiling and Lands on Woman’s Bed

Ruth Hamilton was fast asleep in her home in British Columbia when she awoke to the sound of her dog barking, followed by “an explosion.” She jumped up and turned on the light, only to see a hole in the ceiling. Her clock said 11:35 p.m.

At first, Ms. Hamilton, 66, thought that a tree had fallen on her house. But, no, all the trees were there. She called 911 and, while on the phone with an operator, noticed a large charcoal gray object between her two floral pillows.

“Oh, my gosh,” she recalled telling the operator, “there’s a rock

This Pristine Beach Is One of Japan’s Last. Soon It Will Be Filled With Concrete.

KATOKU, Japan — Standing on its mountain-fringed beach, there is no hint that the Japanese village of Katoku even exists. Its handful of houses hide behind a dune covered with morning glories and pandanus trees, the chitter of cicadas interrupted only by the cadence of waves and the call of an azure-winged jay.

In July, the beach became part of a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, a preserve of verdant peaks and mangrove forests in far southwestern Japan that is home to almost a dozen endangered species.

Two months later, the placid air was split by a new sound: the

Superman Comes Out, as DC Comics Ushers In a New Man of Steel

Up, up and out of the closet!

The new Superman, Jonathan Kent — who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane — will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend, DC Comics announced Monday.

That same-sex relationship is just one of the ways that Jonathan Kent, who goes by Jon, is proving to be a different Superman than his famous father. Since his new series, Superman: Son of Kal-El, began in July, Jon has combated wildfires caused by climate change, thwarted a high school shooting and protested the deportation of refugees in Metropolis.

“The idea of