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Decision on Hajj likely next week

Saudi Arabia is set to inform its decision next week on whether hajj will be performed or not this year. The hajj is supposed to start from July 28 this year. The kingdom has already lifted a nationwide curfew and restrictions on businesses from Sunday morning after three months of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Restrictions remain, however, ...

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One dead and at least 11 injured in Minneapolis shooting

One man has died and another 11 have been injured during a shooting in the US city of Minneapolis. The victims were at local hospitals with “various severity levels of injuries”, Minneapolis police wrote in a Tweet just before 3:00am local time. It said those injuries were not life threatening. It is unclear what led to the shooting or whether ...

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Saudi Arabia to lift coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift its nationwide curfew on Sunday, but says other restrictions will remain. Authorities say all economic and commercial activities will resume, but bans on international travel and religious pilgrimages will not change. The kingdom has not yet made any announcements about the annual Hajj pilgrimage, beginning in late July. Several countries, including Malaysia and ...

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Trump says he wanted testing slowed down, uses racist term for coronavirus

In a shocking admission during his Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday night, President Donald Trump said he had told officials to slow down coronavirus testing because of the rising number of cases in America. “You know testing is a double-edged sword,” Trump said, while complaining about media coverage of his handling of the virus. “Here’s the bad part,” he said. ...

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Saudi Arabia to lift nationwide curfew, resume economic activities from Sunday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will end a nationwide curfew and lift restrictions on businesses from Sunday morning after three months of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA quoted a source in the interior ministry as saying on Saturday. The curfew will be lifted as of 6 AM local time on Sunday. Restrictions will remain, however, for ...

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French Health Ministry sprayed with red paint by coronavirus protesters

Protesters in Paris have sprayed red paint over the front of the Health Ministry building to “symbolize those who lost their lives” to Covid-19 and to highlight the poor conditions for healthcare workers. Many of the demonstrators were part of the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen Action (Attac), a left wing activist group. Around 30 demonstrators ...

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WHO warns of virus danger as Brazil cases hit one million

The World Health Organization warned Friday of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic, as infections continued to surge in the Americas, with Brazil registering more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively, showing how the virus continues ravaging the Americas and parts of Asia ...

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10 missing after fishing boat capsizes off Indonesia

Ten people were missing after a boat carrying 16 fishermen capsized in Indonesian waters near the Anak Krakatau volcano, officials said on Saturday. Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the motorboat sank on Thursday after being hit by strong waves in the Sunda strait. “Six were rescued alive on Friday and we continue searching for the 10 people still missing ...

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17 militants killed in Afghanistan

Seventeen Taliban militants were killed and one militant was wounded in two Afghan provinces during Thursday night, the command of Afghan Special Forces confirmed on Friday. A batch of Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints in Mianshin district of southern Kandahar province. In return, the Afghan National Army (ANA) service members pounded Taliban positions with heavy gun shelling, killing 13 enemies ...

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Paulinho Paiakan: Amazon indigenous chief dies of coronavirus

Paulinho Paiakan, one of the best known indigenous defenders of the Amazon rainforest, has died of coronavirus. Paiakan, who was around 65, was a chief of the Kayapo people. He came to international attention in the 1980s in the fight against Brazil’s Belo Monte hydroelectric project – the world’s third largest dam, BBC reported. In 1998, Paiakan was convicted of ...

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