Politics

Egypt’s el-Sisi says handling coronavirus crisis ‘transparently’

On Saturday, authorities in Egypt ordered the closure of all mosques and churches and banned communal prayer gatherings for two weeks [File: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters] Egypt‘s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has said his government is dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic with “full transparency” and denied allegations that the infection rate is being suppressed. The …

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North Korea: Trump letter offers coronavirus cooperation

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump meet during the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2019 [Reuters] President Donald Trump sent a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seeking to maintain good relations and offering cooperation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The latest correspondence came as Kim observed the firing …

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Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders. The outbreak of the coronavirus has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Below is a list of countries that have taken such …

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Iran leader refuses US help; cites coronavirus conspiracy theory

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran on Sunday [Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP] Iran’s supreme leader refused American assistance to fight the new coronavirus citing a conspiracy theory claiming it could be man-made by the United States government. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came on Sunday as …

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