Day: May 18, 2020

3,279 new coronavirus cases seen in Africa

May 18, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa rose to nearly 85,000 Monday after 3,279 new patients were identified over the past 24 hours, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update.   The update said 60 more patients died during the period, taking the continent’s death toll to 2,764 out of […]

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Turkey commemorates Crimean Tatar, Circassian exiles

May 18, 2020

Turkey on Monday commemorated the deportation of Crimean Tatars 76 years ago from their homeland, the Crimean peninsula. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy marked the date of May 18, 1944, which is remembered as the anniversary of the Crimean Tatar Turks’ exile. “76 years ago today (18 May), Crimean Tatar Turks, the indigenous people of […]

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Rome suburb battles virus, poverty

May 18, 2020

Twice a week, a group of young volunteers distributes food boxes to some 100 families living in the poor neighborhood of Quarticciolo on the eastern outskirts of Rome to help them survive amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The basic goods come from local farmers, associations and supermarkets that are lending a hand, as thousands of […]

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Pakistan court orders reopening of malls across country

May 18, 2020

Pakistan’s top court on Monday ordered the reopening of shopping malls across the country, which were closed as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to Geo News, a local broadcaster, the order was passed by a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed. “If the […]

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Virus review at WHO body said to have majority support

May 18, 2020

Australia said on Monday that 116 nations in the 194-member World Health Organization (WHO) have supported its motion for “evaluation” of the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported.   “Initiate, at the earliest appropriate moment, and in consultation with Member States, stepwise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation, including using existing mechanisms, as appropriate, to […]

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Japan closes Mt. Fuji to climbers due to pandemic

May 18, 2020

Japan on Monday decided to close Mt. Fuji for climbers this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported.   Mt. Fuji, a volcanic mountain, has the highest mountain peak in Japan –3,776 meters above sea level.   This is the first time in 60 years that all routes leading to the mountain have […]

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Malaysian lawmakers hold first sitting under new gov’t

May 18, 2020

Malaysian lawmakers convened on Monday for the first time since the appointment of the country’s new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The lower house’s session was supposed to take place on March 9 but was postponed for two months due to coronavirus pandemic. The sitting, which marks the opening of the third session of the 14th […]

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Israeli settler convicted in Palestinian arson killings

May 18, 2020

An Israeli court on Monday convicted a Jewish settler of murder in a 2015 arson in which a Palestinian baby and his parents were burned alive in the occupied West Bank.   The Central District Court in Lod city found settler Amiram Ben-Uliel guilty of killing members of the Dawabsheh family, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation […]

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