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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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Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?

New cases of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world. At least 13,000 people globally have died from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, while more than 311,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 177 countries and territories. More: Here …

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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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Coronavirus prison cases raise alarms, calls for inmate release

The US prison system could incubate the coronavirus, which is already spreading quickly throughout the world [Shannon Stapleton/Reuters] Correction, 22/03/2020: A previous version of this article stated that a TDCJ employee tested positive for coronavirus. There are no known cases of coronavirus in TDCJ facilities. The article has been updated to reflect this. The confirmation …

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Smith Handed His Place in History

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