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Older Bollywood actors barred from work as virus precaution

PATNA: A senior citizen clause in a state government notice, barring all Bollywood actors and employees aged 65 and above from working during and after the coronavirus lockdown, has shocked the Indian film industry (IFI). “Signed declarations should capture their name, age, contact details, blood group, in case of any ailments like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac issues,…

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Afghan rights body urges Iran to punish culprits in migrants’ drowning

PATNA: A senior citizen clause in a state government notice, barring all Bollywood actors and employees aged 65 and above from working during and after the coronavirus lockdown, has shocked the Indian film industry (IFI). “Signed declarations should capture their name, age, contact details, blood group, in case of any ailments like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac issues,…

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COVID-19 and geopolitics behind Philippines’ U-turn on US military deal

MANILA: The COVID-19 outbreak and “heightened superpower tensions” lay behind Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to keep a vital defense pact with the US, his Foreign Affairs secretary said on Wednesday. Duterte said in February that he was going to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which was signed in 1998. It allows US troops to…

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Thousands in Paris protest death of black man in police custody

ATHENS: Greece on Tuesday said it was suspending flights to and from Qatar until June 15 after multiple coronavirus cases on a flight from Doha to Athens.The Greek civil protection authority said 12 out of 91 people on a Qatar Airways flight that arrived on Monday had tested positive for COVID-19.“Following these epidemiological facts, flights…

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Greece suspends Qatar flights till mid-June after 12 test positive

MANILA: More than 1 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) could be out of work by next year as the world economy continues to slump due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, analysts and officials warned on Tuesday. “With a huge number of OFWs out of the market, this would also result in licensed recruitment and manning…

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Norway urges Israel not to annex parts of the West Bank

MANILA: More than 1 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) could be out of work by next year as the world economy continues to slump due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, analysts and officials warned on Tuesday. “With a huge number of OFWs out of the market, this would also result in licensed recruitment and manning…

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UK to trial 5 new drugs in coronavirus fight

ROME: Muslims in Italy are calling for the establishment of more Islamic cemeteries in the country.As national and international travel was banned at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the bodies of Muslim dead in Italy could not be transported back to where the deceased person came from as was previously possible.This caused “a dramatic situation…

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Italy’s Muslims call for more Islamic cemeteries in wake of virus

ROME: Muslims in Italy are calling for the establishment of more Islamic cemeteries in the country. As national and international travel was banned at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the bodies of Muslim dead in Italy could not be transported back to where the deceased person came from as was previously possible. This caused “a…

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Khalilzad upbeat on chances for intra-Afghan peace talks

ROME: Muslims in Italy are calling for the establishment of more Islamic cemeteries in the country.As national and international travel was banned at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the bodies of Muslim dead in Italy could not be transported back to where the deceased person came from as was previously possible.This caused “a dramatic situation…

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Sri Lanka gears up to send its workers abroad as virus threat eases

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will soon begin sending its workers back overseas as it further eases its COVID-19 measures and host countries start reopening their borders. The estimated number of overseas Sri Lankan workers is 1.5 million and 1.2 million of these are in the Middle East, according to an official from the Bureau of Foreign…

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UK university SOAS to cut costs over COVID-19 and financial problems

KABUL: Afghan government and Taliban delegates are expected to begin online talks in mid-June in a bid to end a decades-old conflict in the country, officials told Arab News on Sunday. While past meetings have been held in person, the latest round of negotiations will take place online because of the threat of coronavirus in the…

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For Iman Jodeh, being Muslim and a progressive Democrat go hand in hand

NEW YORK CITY: In the 1980s and 1990s, Colorado’s Muslim community was made up of fewer than 30,000 people, and there were only five mosques in the entire state. “It was really small, but we were happy,” said Iman Jodeh, the Democratic nominee for Colorado’s House of Representatives District 41. Ever since she was a…

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Indonesia eager to ease restrictions despite ongoing pandemic

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is in the process of easing the restrictive measures implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), spending most of last week in preparations to reopen the economy. This comes despite an uptick in new infections that has brought the total number of cases to more than 25,000 across…

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Pentagon ready to send troops to Minneapolis if state asks

“We were all outraged,” says Arab owner of store at center of US protest firestorm CHICAGO: The firestorm of protest, arson and looting that has consumed the US for five days began at the counter of an Arab American grocery store. Staff working for Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the owner of Cup Foods, called Minneapolis police after…

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AI helped predict virus health care needs, says SEHA CFO

DHAKA: Bangladeshi authorities are struggling to recover the bodies of 26 nationals after they were killed in a gunfight by human traffickers in Libya on Thursday.A group of 42 migrants, including 38 Bangladeshis, was held captive by traffickers in Mizdah, around 180 kilometers from the capital Tripoli, the Bangladesh Embassy in Libya said, quoting one…

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Human traffickers kill 26 Bangladeshis in Libya

Minneapolis braces for more riots, arson following police killing of Afro-American George Floyd CHICAGO: Minneapolis exploded into riots and arson this week after an African-American suspected of handling counterfeit money was killed on Monday during his arrest by two city police officers. Videos on social media showed an officer placing his knee on George Floyd’s neck…

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Malaysia’s former PM vows to challenge expulsion from ruling political party

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Friday vowed to challenge his shock dismissal from the political party he co-founded in 2016. And the ex-PM also questioned the legal position of current Malaysian premier, Muhyiddin Yassin, as the party chair. In a statement on Thursday, the ruling United Indigenous Party of Malaysia…

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Ex-Afghan spy chief: Qatar eroding peace efforts

KABUL: The advent of an abrupt troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as part of US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign could leave the country with heightened conflict and the region in chaos, Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief has warned. Under the Feb. 29 peace deal signed between the Taliban and the US in Qatar, Washington has already begun withdrawing…

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Trump signs order targeting social media giants’ legal protections

MANILA: The Philippines has intensified its crackdown on uncertified medical facilities offering treatment to people, particularly foreigners, with COVID-19 symptoms.Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to help the Philippine National Police (PNP) track down foreign nationals behind the illegal clinics.“It seems that clandestine…

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