Amid exodus from cruise ship, 2 removed earlier are reported dead
The Japanese broadcaster NHK reported today that two Diamond Princess passengers who had been hospitalized last week after contracting the new coronavirus had died. Both were identified as elderly Japanese citizens with underlying health issues.
The news came a day after hundreds of passengers left the cruise ship, which has been docked off Yokohama. More are to be released today as the two-week quarantine of the vessel draws to an end.
But onboard, the coronavirus outbreak is still raging, with the number of confirmed cases now up to 621. Japanese officials have been defending their decision to allow other passengers to depart.
Some 740 passengers of another cruise ship, in Cambodia, have been cleared to leave the country after testing negative for the virus.
Suspected attacker found dead after shootings in Germany
Our reporters are heading to the central German city of Hanau, where the police said nine people were killed and several others wounded in shootings at more than one location on Wednesday night. A person suspected to have been the assailant was later found dead.
The local public broadcaster, Hessischer Rundfunk, said a person opened fire at a hookah bar in the center of the city, killing three people, then drove to a hookah bar in another neighborhood, shooting and killing five people there. Several people were wounded at each location, the broadcaster said.
The police found the suspected attacker dead at his home in Hanau on Thursday, along with the body of another person. There was no immediate information about a motive for the shootings.
From the scene: Video and images from Hanau, a city of 95,000 about 10 miles east of Frankfurt, showed darkened city streets cordoned off with red-and-white tape while police officers gathered in the background. Several ambulances, their emergency lights flashing, lined the streets.
The most brutal Democratic debate so far
Six Democratic presidential candidates scorched one another without letup in a crucial debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
The unrelenting attacks reflected the urgency of the moment: Bernie Sanders has been gaining strength, and those hoping to slow his candidacy are increasingly crowded out by Michael Bloomberg and his unprecedented $400 million campaign spending spree.
Recap: Elizabeth Warren landed the most telling blows against Mr. Bloomberg. “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Ms. Warren said. “And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.” Here’s a fuller look at the sparring.
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The fight for Libya
In a country where warlords and militias battle for control, Islamist militants hide in the desert and migrants pack the Mediterranean coast, a 76-year-old commander, Khalifa Hifter, says he can resolve the turmoil. In his bid for national control, his forces have been attacking Tripoli, the capital, for 10 months.
Our correspondent and photographer were able to make a rare visit to his eastern stronghold, Benghazi. What “the Marshal” has created there, their report shows, is not the secular stability he promises, but “an unwieldy authoritarianism that in many ways is both more puritanical and more lawless” than that of Libya’s last dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
Here’s what else is happening
Europe and tech: The European Union outlined a plan to restore what officials called “technological sovereignty,” hoping to strengthen its digital economy amid concerns that the region is overly dependent on foreign companies like Apple and Huawei.
Methane research: Fossil fuel emissions from human activity have been underestimated by 25 to 40 percent, researchers reported in the journal Nature. The findings add urgency to the need to rein in emissions from the fossil fuel industry, which routinely leaks or releases methane into the air.
Boeing: Lawmakers in Washington State introduced legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for the plane maker, a strategic move to protect Boeing from retaliatory E.U. tariffs.
Snapshot: Above, a fan waved a cutout of the former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, one of 11 white-collar criminals who received clemency from President Trump, as he greeted well-wishers outside his home in Chicago on Wednesday. Our reporting shows that Mr. Trump’s pardons and commutations were driven by friendship, fame, personal empathy and a shared sense of persecution.
What we’re listening to: “Public Official A,” a podcast from WBEZ last year about Mr. Blagojevich. “This is a Robert Caro-like dissection of political corruption in the U.S., and of Rod Blagojevich, a political star who turned into a black hole,” says Adeel Hassan, on our National desk. “It still resonates.”
Now, a break from the news
Cook: A squeeze of lime brightens one-pot braised chicken with coconut milk, tomato and ginger.
Watch: In the BBC hit “This Country,” the siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper find comedy and pathos in rural British life. They spoke to our reporter as they prepared Season 3 of the mockumentary, which debuted this week.
Smarter Living: Our “Scam or Not” feature looks at whether coffee is good for you. (Spoiler: It can be. Yay!)
And now for the Back Story on …
A new dance called the Renegade is suddenly everywhere, from teenagers’ phone screens to the N.B.A. All-Star Game. Shira Ovide, a technology reporter, chatted with Taylor Lorenz, a Styles reporter, about a new generation of apps that helped the dance go viral, and how its 14-year-old creator, Jalaiah Harmon, finally found fame.
Taylor: I heard about Jalaiah Harmon from a friend in the Dubsmash community right around Christmas. People had cited her Instagram post, and it was clear she had created the dance.
No one online knew her full name or identity, and it took weeks to hunt her and her family down and get in touch with her mother directly. Her mom didn’t even fully realize what Jalaiah had created until I called her at work.
Shira: How would you explain these dance performance apps like Dubsmash to an alien new to our planet? (Or, say, a writer whose musical tastes are stuck in early-2000s ska bands?)
Taylor: Apps like Dubsmash, TikTok and Funimate let you post videos set to music or with special effects. Dance challenges, short 15-second pieces of choreography, are very popular on these apps.
Shira: How do Jalaiah and her family feel now about her very online kind of fame?
Taylor: They’re very excited and overwhelmed! Jalaiah was in Chicago this weekend to perform at halftime at the N.B.A. All-Star Game. She got to meet and collaborate with Charli D’Amelio, a TikTok star who helped popularize the dance. Jalaiah and Charli hit it off immediately. Kim Kardashian posted a video of Jalaiah doing the dance to Instagram. It’s been a whirlwind!
Shira: Taylor, can you do the Renegade? Can you show us?
Taylor: I’m so bad at the Renegade! I’m in my 30s and so I don’t think my joints can move like that anymore. For anyone interested, Jalaiah posted a slow-motion tutorial on Instagram.
(This conversation has been edited and originally appeared in “Wait…,” a Times newsletter about how technology and celebrity are changing our lives.)
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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