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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a press conference at Parliament in Wellington on Monday morning local time. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday New Zealand's election would be postponed by four weeks to Oct. 17, after other parties had called for a delay and as the country scrambles to contain a second coronavirus outbreak.

The big picture: Ardern said moving the date would give all parties a "fair shot to campaign" and it'd give Kiwis "certainty without unnecessarily long delays." She ruled out changing the election date again, citing planned safety measures. NZ has reported 58 active cases linked to its cluster in Auckland, which saw the country's largest city lock down and lesser restrictions reintroduced elsewhere.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest figures from the cluster.

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Updated Nov 24, 2020 - World

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Combination images of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: NZ Prime Minister's Office/Instagram/Joe Raedle/Getty Images

One ritual of becoming president-elect is the carousel of congratulatory phone calls with other world leaders.

What to watch: The order in which the calls are returned is watched closely around the world.

Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border

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Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.

Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency. It's intensely and poisonously partisan. It's complicated. And the lives and welfare of vulnerable children hang in the balance.

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The rise of vaccine passports

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Vaccine passports were touted early in the pandemic as an important piece of the plan to get people back to normal life. Now they’re becoming a reality.

Driving the news: CLEAR, the secure digital identity app that you see in airports around the world, and CommonPass, a health app that lets users securely access vaccination records and COVID test results, have joined forces.

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