Friday, December 4, 2020

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Very Different, Symbolic Hajj In Saudi Arabia Amid Virus

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By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a...

Sudan Armed Group Attacks Darfur Village, Killing at Least 7

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By The Associated Press A Sudanese paramilitary group attacked civilians in the war-scarred region of South Darfur, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 more, local activists and a rebel group said July 24. The assault in the troubled province...

In French Guiana, Virus Exposes Inequality, Colonial Legacy

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By ARNO PEDRAM Associated Press PARIS (AP) — When White doctors walked into Camopi, a majority Indigenous town in French Guiana near the border with Brazil, townspeople felt worry instead of relief. With French Guiana facing a wave of coronavirus infections,...

Families of Italy’s Virus Dead Solace, Justice

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By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ROME (AP) — It started out as way for grief-struck families to mourn their coronavirus dead online: a Facebook group where relatives who were denied a funeral because of Italy’s stringent lockdowns could share photos,...

Black Kids Swim Launches ‘The Goree Project’ to Unite African-Americans, Senegalese Through Swimming

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Black Kids Swim Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit that serves as a resource for Black competitive swimmers, recently launched a first-of-its-kind web series to unite African-Americans and Senegalese through cultural and athletic exchange. This year will mark the 33rd Dakar Gorée...

China Carries Out First Coronavirus-Related Execution

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14-Year-Old Girl ‘Sold’ to 64-Year-Old Kenyan Man

By Anne Macharia Zenger News Fourteen-year-old Maria Malaso was supposed to be married to a 64-year-old man a few weeks after the Kenyan government ordered the suspension of schools in mid-March due to the coronavirus. “I woke up one morning and my father...

France Investigating Millions In Virus Unemployment Fraud

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By The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Organized crime groups sought to defraud the French state of millions of euros meant for workers left jobless by the virus lockdown, prosecutors said Friday. France had an exceptionally generous temporary unemployment scheme that...

Foreign Students Weigh Studying In Person vs. Losing Visas

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By SUMAN NAISHADHAM, CHEYANNE MUMPHREY and HILARY POWELL, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic...

Africa Starts Opening Airspace Even As COVID-19 Cases Climb

By CARA ANNA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air...

Egypt Arrests Doctors, Silences Critics Over Virus Outbreak

By The Associated Press A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official...

Fight Break Out Over Food Shortage As Refugees Go Hungry

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