In Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, Putin Applied a Deft New Touch

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STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh — As a dilapidated old van pulled up at a hillside checkpoint, an Azerbaijani soldier inside scrubbed furiously at his fogged-up window, then cast a glowering look at an Armenian standing just a few feet away.Just days before, they were on opposite sides of a bitter war. But now the Russian peacekeeper next to them was in...

A Shifting View on Telemedicine

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In March 2019, a robot entered a patient’s room in California and a doctor on its screen told him and his granddaughter that he was dying.This experience, posted to the granddaughter’s Facebook page, was treated as a scandal. Newscasters questioned the humanity of a health care system that would do such a thing. Words like callous, heartless and cold...

How to Pretend You’re in Tokyo

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While your travel plans may be on hold, you can pretend you’re somewhere new for the night. Around the World at Home invites you to channel the spirit of a new place each week with recommendations on how to explore the culture, all from the comfort of your home.A few years ago, I walked through Tokyo’s neon-lit streets for...

Biden Faces a Balancing Act in Choosing Top Aides With Business Ties

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WASHINGTON — Five years ago, Jeffrey D. Zients was the head of the Obama administration’s National Economic Council, working to push across the finish line a federal rule that would prevent financial advisers from taking advantage of retirees. He won praise from progressives for fending off fierce resistance from Wall Street and for fighting for consumer protections.These days, Mr....

‘Georgia Is Not New York’: Progressives Adapt Efforts for Senate Runoffs

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Neither Jon Ossoff nor the Rev. Raphael Warnock has endorsed the Green New Deal. But that hasn’t stopped the Sunrise Movement, the activist climate group that champions the sweeping climate change plan, from mobilizing in force for the two Georgia Democrats in their high-stakes runoff races for Senate seats.The group is aiming to help register 10,000 to 20,000 Georgians...

Reinventing Workers for the Post-Covid Economy

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Rob Siminoski has been in the theater, in one way or another, since he graduated from college. But after 10 years at the Universal Studios theme park in California, he is only No. 13 on the stage-managing roster. Even if the park, closed since March, reopens some attractions — the WaterWorld stunt show, say, or the Nighttime Lights at...

These ‘Little Land Mines’ Could Prevent a Summertime Boom

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ImageKevin Boehm, center, is a co-founder of a restaurant group in Chicago where sales are down 90 percent from normal levels.Credit...Lucy Hewett for The New York TimesFor the first time since the pandemic shuttered the economy eight months ago, the end is in sight.The development of vaccines that appear to be safe, effective and ready for wide distribution in...

Who Will Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?

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After months of deliberation and debate, a panel of independent experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to decide on Tuesday which Americans it will recommend to get the coronavirus vaccine first, while supply is still short.The panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, will vote in a public meeting on Tuesday afternoon, and it...

Goodbye, Blazers; Hello, ‘Coatigans.’ Women Adjust Attire to Work at Home.

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In the Before Times, said Rebecca Rittenberg, a 28-year-old who works in advertising sales for Google in New York, one of her favorite parts about going to the office was “showing up in a funky, cool professional outfit.”A smart pair of pants, colorful or patterned blouses, blazers, skirts, dresses, heeled boots and designer sneakers were all part of her...

New ‘BTS Law’ Is Passed in South Korea. An Army of Fans Rejoice.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Seok-jin, the oldest member of the global K-pop phenomenon​ BTS​, turns 28 on Friday. On Tuesday, South Korea’s Parliament gave him an early birthday present.Mr. Kim’s birthday could have marked the end of his current career as a K-pop star. Until now, all able-bodied South Korean men have been required to enlist in the...