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In a long, sweeping memo posted Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg called for the creation of a global community on Facebook to fight worldwide health and infrastructure challenges and to bring humanity together.

Zuckerberg says Facebook will pivot from its mission of helping family and friends stay in touch to connecting the world through social infrastructure. He says Facebook's next chapter will seek to build more supportive, safe, informed, civically-engaged and inclusive communities.

What stood out: Zuckerberg ites a decline in social infrastructure — less participation in churches, unions, organized sports — as causing society to lose hope in the future. He hopes to build on Facebook-driven communities, like groups and events, to create a more supportive and safe society. He acknowledges the existence of misleading information on Facebook and says he hopes to make improvements to ensure readers have a well-rounded news experience.

Why it matters: Until recently, Facebook — which has nearly 2 billion global monthly users — has been hesitant to accept its role as a news and information company. But after reports of Facebook fake news affecting election results and multiple instances of violent crime occurring on the platform, the tech giant has taken steps to reposition itself as a driver of social change, not just a messaging platform.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand confirmed Thursday there are now 13 local cases linked to the four who tested positive for COVID-19, ending 102 days with no community spread. Auckland locked down Wednesday for 72 hours and the rest of NZ is under lesser restrictions.

By the numbers: Over 749,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus globally and over 20.6 million have tested positive, per Johns Hopkins. More than 12.8 million have recovered from the virus.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 20,624,316 — Total deaths: 749,421— Total recoveries: 12,831,800Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 5,197,147 — Total deaths: 166,027 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi says Mnuchin told her White House is "not budging" on stimulus position.
  4. Business: U.S. already feeling effects of ending unemployment benefits.
  5. Public health: U.S. records deadliest coronavirus day of the summer — America's two-sided COVID-19 response
  6. Education: New Jersey governor allows schools to reopenGallup: America's confidence in public school system jumps to highest level since 2004.

Bob Woodward's new book details letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un

Bob Woodward during a 2019 event in Los Angele. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Journalist Bob Woodward has obtained "25 personal letters exchanged" between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his new book, "Rage," publisher Simon & Schuster revealed on Wednesday.

Details: In the letters, "Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a 'fantasy film,' as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet," according to a description of the book posted on Amazon.