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In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare

MOGADISHU: At first, the coronavirus was just a fairy tale, a rumor along the dusty lanes of the displaced persons’ camp that Habiba Ali calls home. It seemed fantastical: an illness sweeping the world far beyond Somalia’s borders, killing thousands of people and sending some of the richest countries into panic. Then Somalia’s first virus case was announced on March ...

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Trump Drops Idea of New York Lockdown as US Death Count Crosses 2,000

A person walks under the blossoms along the Roosevelt Island Historical Walk during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Roosevelt Island in New York City, U.S., March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Trump’s announcement came as the US death count crossed 2,100, more than double the level from two days ago. The United States has now recorded more than ...

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Coronavirus: Brazil’s Bolsonaro in denial and out on a limb

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Jair Bolsonaro has previously accused the media of “fear-mongering” over coronavirus As the world tries desperately to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil’s president is doing his best to downplay it. Jair Bolsonaro has largely struggled to take it seriously. Going against his own health ministry’s advice earlier in March, and while awaiting the ...

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Egypt’s Female Lion Tamers Show the Men How to Do It

For Ms. el-Helw, though, lions are a family business. Her grandmother Mahassen was the Arab world’s first female lion tamer, and her father, Ibrahim, was a star of Egypt’s state-run National Circus during its heyday in the 1980s. Her father, who married three times, had seven daughters but, try as he might, no sons. So he passed his skills, and ...

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Pope backs UN chief’s call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at his weekly blessing, Francis appealed to everyone to “stop every form of bellicose hostility and to favour the creation of corridors for humanitarian help, diplomatic efforts and attention to ...

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In Rare Case, US Infant Dies From Covid-19, Probe Underway

Representational image (Reuters) The state Department of Public Health said the child who died in Chicago was younger than one year old and had tested positive for COVID-19. AFP Last Updated: March 29, 2020, 8:31 AM IST Washington: A US infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of Illinois said on Saturday, marking an ...

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Prince William, Kate Middleton support mental health campaign amid coronavirus pandemic

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate Middleton have backed a mental health campaign to help people through the anxiety and stress associated with the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 1,019 lives in the UK. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement alongside new mental health guidelines unveiled by Public Health England (PHE), which encourages people under the ...

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