(Need to get this briefing by electronic mail? Right here’s the sign-up.)

Good morning.

We’re overlaying Israel’s reopening for vaccinated residents, a lethal explosion in Equatorial Guinea and Oprah’s much-awaited interview with Harry and Meghan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loved a cappuccino and cake on the terrace of a Jerusalem cafe on Sunday to sign the broadest reopening of Israel’s economy for the reason that first coronavirus lockdown started a 12 months in the past. Some 55 % of the inhabitants has obtained one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and greater than 41 % has gotten two doses.

Below Israel’s “Again to Life” program, eating places have reopened with social distancing and restrictions on occupancy. Indoor seating is out there solely to Inexperienced Go holders — folks over 16 who’re totally vaccinated.

After weeks of tight restrictions on entry to the nation, all residents and everlasting residents shall be allowed to return to Israel, with a cap on numbers that may enhance over the week from 1,000 to three,000 folks per day.

Listed here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • Pope Francis concluded his three-day visit to Iraq — a boon to the diminishing Christian group, a lift for the beleaguered Iraqi authorities and a attainable well being hazard, as many individuals discovered social distancing inconceivable and disregarded masks.

  • The Dalai Lama, 85, received his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Saturday within the northern Indian city of Dharamsala.

  • The U.S. Senate handed its model of the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill on Saturday. The measure now goes again to the Home of Representatives, which should approve the Senate’s adjustments earlier than President Biden can signal it into legislation.


In probably the most anticipated interviews in current occasions, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry presented their side of a sensational royal rupture to Oprah Winfrey. The interview, which aired on Sunday evening on CBS within the U.S., shall be display on ITV in Britain on Monday.

A 12 months after their fairy-tale wedding ceremony, Meghan mentioned, her life as a member of the British royal household had turn out to be so emotionally insufferable that she contemplated suicide. “I used to be ashamed to must admit it to Harry,” Meghan mentioned of her suicidal ideas. “I knew that if I didn’t say it, I might do it. I simply didn’t need to be alive anymore.”

Among the many disclosures:


A sequence of explosions attributed to mishandled explosives at a navy base rocked the city of Bata within the central African nation of Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, killing at the least 20 folks and injuring greater than 500, the authorities mentioned.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo mentioned that fires on farms subsequent to navy barracks had detonated dynamite and different munitions saved there. He blamed the “negligence and carelessness” of the unit accountable for the explosives for the catastrophe. The nation’s ministry of well being and social welfare declared a well being emergency and mentioned many had been nonetheless lacking below the rubble.

Footage: Video from town captured scenes of individuals digging for victims, as thick smoke wafted over the debris-strewn panorama. Others fled via the streets, some with suitcases and youngsters in hand beneath a darkened sky.

Throughout the globe, the pandemic closed borders, halted air journey and emptied locations of vacationers. Parisian eating places pivoted from crème fraîche to wholesome takeout, whereas Singapore’s iconic Changi airport, above, determined to give attention to its solely market: Singapore residents. Hong Kongers, too, have turn out to be tourists in their own backyards. We have a look at how six places dependent on tourism have tailored.

Although the absence of vacationers noticed animals equivalent to sea turtles and elephants returning to locations from which they’d lengthy since disappeared, the lack of tourism income led to cuts to conservation budgets, leading to increased poaching and illegal fishing in some areas.

Tehran detention: House arrest orders have been lifted for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian girl detained in Tehran since 2016, however she faces new costs and her return to London stays unsure.

Microsoft hack: The corporate mentioned companies and authorities businesses within the U.S. that use a Microsoft electronic mail service had been compromised in an aggressive hacking campaign probably sponsored by the Chinese government. The variety of victims is estimated to be within the tens of 1000’s and will rise.

“Nomadland” director: Days after Chloé Zhao gained a Golden Globe for the acclaimed movie, she faced a backlash in China over her previous remarks in regards to the nation, the place she was born. References to the movie’s scheduled April 23 launch in China had been faraway from distinguished film web sites.

Kosovo: Girls are profitable better political illustration in Kosovo, elevating hopes of extra equality in a rustic nonetheless residing with the scars of the warfare in opposition to Serbian rule within the Nineteen Nineties. Remaining outcomes of a Feb. 14 election confirmed that ladies had won more seats in Parliament than ever earlier than — almost 40 % of the full.

Snapshot: Above, an indication in Bern, Switzerland, on Sunday, shortly after the nation authorized an initiative to ban full facial coverings in public places, prohibiting the veils worn by some Muslim ladies. Switzerland’s Central Council of Muslims referred to as the end result “a darkish day” for Muslims.

Floating boat: A viral picture of an apparently flying vessel, suspended above the horizon off England’s southwestern coast, is an instance of a highly unusual optical illusion that methods each cameras and the human eye.

What we’re listening to: The clinks and crackles of music produced by devices product of ice, showcased in this National Geographic article.

Begin your week together with your greatest foot ahead. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to learn, cook dinner, watch and do indoors.

When the coronavirus pandemic engulfed New York, the park supplied a imaginative and prescient of regular life to the e book critic Michiko Kakutani, who wandered it every day. She wrote about the renewed love affair of New Yorkers with Central Park. Right here’s an excerpt.

Central Park has lengthy supplied a refuge from the anxieties and stresses of every day life, maybe by no means extra so than throughout the coronavirus siege and 4 lengthy years of more and more poisonous politics. New Yorkers who visited the park day by day, in addition to those that had lengthy taken it as a right, felt a renewed love for this wonderful rectangle of inexperienced within the coronary heart of the massive metropolis.

Within the twenty first century, with some 40 million guests a 12 months, Central Park had turn out to be the third hottest vacationer attraction on the earth. In the beginning of the pandemic, when out-of-towners departed town, New Yorkers lucky sufficient to dwell inside strolling distance from it all of a sudden felt like they’d this Edenic retreat to themselves.

Even when folks began utilizing the subway once more to journey between the boroughs, Central Park continued to really feel like a neighborhood park. Unable to go to their places of work or the fitness center, folks began utilizing the Sheep Meadow and the Nice Garden as their all-purpose backyards.

Musicians within the park — just like the guitar participant at Bethesda Terrace who took requests — performed quite a lot of classics like “What a Great World” and “Yesterday” that appeared to tackle a brand new poignancy throughout Covid.

Through the pandemic, simply being in obscure proximity with different folks in Central Park gave us a way of group — the sense that we had been all on this collectively, and that collectively, we might in some way persevere.


That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Natasha


Thanks
Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh supplied the break from the information. You’ll be able to attain the staff at briefing@nytimes.com.

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our newest episode is the primary of a two-part sequence on President Biden’s method to Saudi Arabia.
• Right here’s our Mini Crossword, and a clue: Intellectual individual (4 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• The Occasions has a new team that is going to expand our live coverage, together with Andrea Kannapell, who has been the editor of International Briefings, together with this one, since their inception.