Saudi Arabia reopens mosques with strict regulations for worshippers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s mosques opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday for the first time in more than two months as the kingdom, the birthplace of Islam, eased restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus. “It is great to feel the

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Open season on the free press: Journalists targeted in attacks as U.S. protests rage

On Friday evening, viewers watched as CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested on live television while covering a protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. By Saturday, as protesters and the police clashed across the

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Chicago artist fills potholes with coronavirus-themed art

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a bumpy road for many people in Chicago, but they have mosaic artist Jim Bachor to thank for paving the way to some unexpected smiles with four additions to his ‘pothole art’ series installed on

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Chile’s hospitals under strain as coronavirus cases near 70,000, president says

SANTIAGO:Chile’s healthcare system is under strain and “very close to the limit,” President Sebastian Pinera said on Sunday, as the number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections approaches 70,000 after a rapid increase in recent days. The Ministry of Health reported

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Oil falls as U.S.-China tensions take toll

TOKYO: Oil prices eased on Monday on concerns over rising tensions between the United States and China over Beijing’s plans to impose security laws on Hong Kong and the possibility of sanctions from Washington. Oil prices have risen sharply in

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Americans pass pandemic holiday on beaches, in parks as death toll nears 100,000

Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, but the occasional person wearing a mask was a constant reminder that the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic. The Memorial Day weekend that signals

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Pakistani airliner crashes in Karachi, many feared dead

KARACHI: An Airbus plane with 99 on board crashed into a residential area of the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday while on approach to the airport, with at least one passenger surviving but many others feared dead, officials said.

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U.S. envoy to press Taliban, Afghan officials on peace talks

WASHINGTON: A senior U.S. envoy left for Doha and Kabul on Sunday to press Taliban and Afghan government officials to open peace talks that the United States hopes will allow it to withdraw from Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department said.

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Chinese embassy says Australia claim of WHA vindication ‘a joke’

SYDNEY: The Chinese Embassy in Australia said it was “nothing but a joke” for Australia to claim that a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution that calls for an inquiry into the coronavirus was a vindication of Canberra’s push for a

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Coronavirus deadliest in New York City’s black and Latino neighborhoods, data shows

NEW YORK: Some New York City neighborhoods have seen death rates from the novel coronavirus nearly 15 times higher than others, according to data released by New York City’s health department on Monday, showing the disproportionate toll taken on poor

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