World offers support, sympathy to Lebanon

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:45:07 +0000

    BEIRUT (AFP) – Close allies and traditional adversaries of Lebanon paid tribute on Tuesday to the victims of massive, deadly twin blasts in Beirut, as condolences and offers of help poured in. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab called on “friendly countries” to support a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in […]

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‘Isaias’ nears Florida after lashing the Bahamas

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:13:13 +0000

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida: Early bands of heavy rain from Tropical Storm “Isaias” lashed Florida’s east coast before dawn on Sunday as authorities warily eyed the approaching storm, which threatened to snarl efforts to quell surging cases of the coronavirus across the region. Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon (early […]

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Venezuela turns arena into quarantine area

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:02:39 +0000

CARACAS: Venezuela’s president has unveiled hundreds of hospital beds set up inside a sports dome in the capital of Caracas as his government prepares for a possible wave of coronavirus infections. President Nicolás Maduro went on state TV to show off the converted complex Friday (Saturday in Manila) as he urged Venezuelans to stop throwing […]

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Trump wants Nov polls delayed

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:14:14 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday (Friday in Manila) floated the startling idea of delaying the November 3 presidential election. His campaign to sow doubt about the election’s outcome drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike in a nation that […]

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North Korea bares first virus case

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:59:21 +0000

SEOUL: North Korean authorities have imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong after discovering what they said was the country’s first suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case, state media reported on Sunday. Leader Kim Jong Un convened an emergency politburo meeting on Saturday to implement a “maximum emergency system and issue a top-class […]

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Vietnam closes popular beach

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:57:17 +0000

HANOI: Vietnam on Sunday reimposed restrictions in one of its most popular beach destinations after a second person tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the first locally transmitted cases in the country in over three months. Da Nang authorities in central Vietnam banned gatherings of more than 30 people in public places, as well […]

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Spain takes aim at nightclubs, beaches as virus rebounds

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:49:05 +0000

BARCELONA: Nightclubs, bars and beaches — some of Spain’s most beloved summer venues — are facing new lockdown restrictions after turning into coronavirus hot spots. The northeast region of Catalonia now hosts two of the most worrying virus hotspots in Spain, prompting authorities in Barcelona and an interior agricultural area around Lleida to tighten restrictions […]

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Hanna’s rain remains biggest threat to virus hotspot Texas

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:47:21 +0000

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas: South Texas braced for flooding on Sunday after Hurricane “Hanna” roared ashore the day before, bringing winds that lashed the Gulf Coast with rain and storm surge to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The first hurricane of the […]

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SAfrica warns Covid-19 corruption puts ‘lives at risk’

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:41:42 +0000

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response is marred by corruption allegations around its historic $26-billion economic relief package, as the country with the world’s fifth highest number of Covid-19 cases braces for more. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a wide-ranging investigation into claims that unscrupulous officials and private companies are looting efforts to […]

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Douglas Todd: COVID-19 and religion, from the sublime to the malicious

Credit to Author: Douglas Todd| Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:00:16 +0000

Is it possible, at this difficult time when people of faith are enduring being physically thrust apart, they are coming closer together?

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