Coronavirus Live World Updates: Moscow, Spain, Israel

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePolice officers clashed with protesters in Hong Kong demonstrating against China’s proposed national security legislation this week.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times At a protest near Beijing’s representative office in Hong Kong last week, some demonstrators tried to obey virus-related rules that ban public gatherings of more…

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A Funny Relationship (as in Funny Ha-Ha)

In December 2006, Bruce Matez invited Deena Betze, to join him at Congregation M’kor Shalom, in Cherry Hill, N.J. There was a rehearsal for the synagogue’s annual comedy and musical revue, and he thought Ms. Betze, a family lawyer at his firm, BorgerMatez, would enjoy it. She accepted. As soon as she walked in, she…

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With Most Weddings Still on Hold, Italian Designers Struggle

At 7 a.m. on April 30, Pietro Demita and Silvana Persano, the owners of Diamond Couture, which specializes in wedding gowns, were already busy in their atelier in Veglie, Italy. The business partners had chosen nine gowns from their latest collection, hung them on a rack and dragged them in front of their warehouse. Scissors…

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Some Japanese Whiskies Aren’t From Japan. Some Aren’t Even Whisky.

Mamoru Tsuchiya is worried about the future of Japanese whisky. Sales are booming, but there’s a problem: A large amount of the liquor isn’t actually made in Japan, said Mr. Tsuchiya, one of that country’s leading whiskey experts. Some of it isn’t whiskey at all. “There are a lot of situations where you call it…

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Keep These Recipes

I don’t have a Pink Book, though I wish I did, both for the repository that it would be and the sheer sight of a pink binder on my kitchen shelf. But like all home cooks I do have keeper recipes, the ones I always come back to. They tend to fall into two categories:…

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Testing Is Key to Beating Coronavirus, Right? Japan Has Other Ideas

TOKYO — As the world tries to get a handle on the coronavirus and emerge from paralyzing lockdowns, public health officials have repeated a mantra: “test, test, test.” But Japan went its own way, limiting tests to only the most severe cases as other countries raced to screen as many people as possible. Medical experts…

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The Best Way to Eat Grilled Salmon

I generally prefer my salmon raw or cured rather than cooked. But grilled salmon, still dark pink at the center and a little charred at the edges, is a soft, silky exception. Grilling salmon to this degree of perfection isn’t easy, though. First of all, salmon has a tendency to stick. If you don’t have…

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Scientists Question Validity of Major Hydroxychloroquine Study

More than 100 scientists and clinicians have questioned the authenticity of a massive hospital database that was the basis for an influential study published last week that concluded the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat people with Covid-19 did not help and may have increased the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and death. Use…

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A Surreal, if Simple, Wedding (and Just the Day She Needed)

Magdalena Owczarska learned two lessons on her wedding day. One was that wedding vendors are underappreciated. The other was that when life seems to be conspiring against you, a person you never expected to fall for can restore your sense of equanimity. Ms. Owczarska married Brett Day on May 5 on the grounds of the…

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