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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

Tracking Biden's first calls to world leaders

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.

Major companies vow to train, hire Afghan refugees arriving in U.S.

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Global Citizen

More than 30 major companies have promised to hire and train Afghan refugees coming to the U.S., per a press release from the Tent Partnership for Refugees, the group spearheading the effort.

The big picture: The 33 companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Pfizer and UPS, are joining the Tent Coalition for Afghan Refugees, a coalition founded by Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder and CEO of yogurt and food company Chobani.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Gracias, México, for color TVs

The patent diagram (left) from Guillermo González Camarena's chromoscopic adapter, and he and the engineer (right inspecting TV equipment around 1955 in Mexico City. Photos: U.S. Patent Office and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México

Credit Mexican engineering and entrepreneurship for developments that led to the in color television, oral contraception and finding a way to help mend the ozone layer.

Why it matters: The contributions helped modernize how we could see the world; improve women's health and expand women's roles beyond the home; and identify dangerous emissions and how to reduce them.

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