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Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayer ceremony at a mosque in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, July 17, 2015. (Xinhua/Liu Xiao) (yl/lfj)

Ho Muslim Community pledges to peace

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The leadership of the Muslim Community in Ho has pledged to peace in addressing the selection of a Regional Chief Imam. ...
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Philippine mall under lockdown as police engaged in shoot-out outside

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dpa/GNA – A shoot-out between police and suspected drug dealers erupted on Wednesday outside a busy shopping mall in the Philippine capital, sending...
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Israeli Cabinet imposes curfew for festive Jewish holiday of Purim

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dpa/GNA - A night-time lockdown is set to begin in Israel later on Wednesday, when the festive Jewish holiday of Purim begins, another...
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Despite lockdown, Greece records unexpectedly high virus case count

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dpa/GNA - Greek health authorities are trying to figure out why coronavirus case counts are spiking after the country entered a tighter lockdown. Data...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for the House of Commons in London, Britain, on Feb. 22, 2021. Johnson announced Monday that schools in England will reopen from March 8 as part of the "roadmap" to ease the current coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua)

PM announces “roadmap” exiting lockdown in England

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday that schools in England will reopen from March 8 as part of the "roadmap" to ease the...
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Germany’s return to school collides with stalling Covid progress

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dpa/GNA - Most of Germany's states began sending children back to school on Monday following their longest period of lockdown yet, in a move...
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Ireland facing at least two more months of lockdown – PM

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dpa/GNA - Almost two months into Ireland's third coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the country "is looking at a continuation of...
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Switzerland set to start lifting Covid-19 curbs on March 1

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dpa/GNA - Switzerland plans to reopen shops, museums, zoos and amusement parks at the start of March as a first step out of...
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British PM plans ‘cautious but irreversible’ path out of lockdown

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dpa/GNA - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday laid out a cautious timetable for easing coronavirus restrictions over the coming months, pledging...
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Lockdown extended in Israel

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dpa/GNA - Israel has extended a three-week-old lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister's office and the health ministry said in a...
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Israel records most virus deaths during past month despite lockdown

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dpa/GNA - The past month of Israel's third lockdown has been the worst in terms of Covid-19 related deaths, official data showed on...
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Ghanaian traders express worry over looming lockdown

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Some traders in parts of Accra have reacted differently towards the possibility of a second lockdown as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the...
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Merkel, premiers to extend lockdown as Germany braces for new strains

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dpa/GNA - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the nation's 16 state premiers are expected to extend an ongoing coronavirus lockdown in talks on...
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Separatists impose lockdown to disrupt CHAN in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions

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There was renewed fighting early Monday in Cameroon's English-speaking region of Southwest as armed separatists began imposing a 10-day lockdown to disrupt the Africa...
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Ghana may force another lockdown if necessary – Akufo-Addo

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Government will be compelled to put the country under a lockdown if Ghanaians do not adhere strictly to protocols to curb the spread of...
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German caseload passes 2 million mark amid talk of tougher lockdown

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dpa/GNA - The number of coronavirus infections confirmed in Germany so far rose to over 2 million on Friday, as concerns over mutant...
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German manufacturing sector resilient amid renewed lockdown

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dpa/GNA – Germany's key manufacturing sector withstood the launch of a renewed coronavirus lockdown in November with trade and industrial production data beating...
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigns in protest over Capitol violence

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation on Thursday in protest over chaos and violence that overran Capitol Hill a day earlier. In...
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Venezuela to implement seven-day hard lockdown to slow coronavirus

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dpa/GNA - Venezuela will implement a week of hard lockdown starting on Monday to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus, Vice...
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Europol: Online child abuse rose during pandemic

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The number of cases of online child abuse have significantly risen during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the European police body Europol. Perpetrators are seeking...
Pedestrians wearing masks are seen in downtown Tehran, Iran, Feb. 23, 2020. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday issued an order to form a national headquarters to cope with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, state TV reported. Since Iran announced the first batch cases of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, 43 Iranians have been confirmed infected by the virus, eight of whom have died. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

Decline in number of coronavirus cases in Iran after lockdown

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dpa/GNA – In Iran, a one-month lockdown has led to a decrease in the number of coronavirus cases. "We must now try to stabilize...
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Israel to enter third partial coronavirus lockdown on Sunday

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Israelis will be placed under a third partial lockdown from Sunday due to rising coronavirus case numbers. The restrictions are to begin on Sunday afternoon...
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Nicaragua frees more than 1,000 prison inmates ahead of Christmas

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Nicaragua has freed 1,004 prison inmates in the run-up to Christmas, Vice President Rosario Murillo announced on Friday. Nicaragua regularly releases prisoners around certain public...
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Northern Ireland to have a six-week lockdown after Christmas

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A six-week lockdown is to be imposed in Northern Ireland on December 26 in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. The Northern Ireland...
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Nigerian state not ruling out new lockdown amid COVID-19 surge

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Nigeria's northwestern state of Kaduna on Saturday warned that it may impose another lockdown on the state considering the recent increase in cases of...
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Online Shopping Leapfrogs Five Years Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

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New users, frequency and preference skyrocket 57% of recent online shoppers were new since the onset of COVID-19 As we experience the first-ever Black Friday...
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British PM warns of new year lockdown if rules not observed

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday warned of a potential third strict lockdown in the new year if Britain eased off restrictions. "If we...
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Malaysia sets daily virus cases record but death toll remains low

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Malaysia recorded 1,884 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the Health Ministry announced, the most of any day since the virus emerged. Two...
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Britain’s Johnson in isolation after contact with infected lawmaker

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was self-isolating late Sunday, after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. "I...
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S. Africa experiences crime decline due to lockdown

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South Africa experienced some decline in many different crimes between July and September because of the national lockdown meant to combat COVID-19, said South...