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Worshipping with the coronavirus

International | Some churches worldwide close but other large congregations continue to gather
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/30/20, 01:52 pm

ISRAEL: Not since the Black Plague has Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus is believed to have been buried and resurrected, been closed indefinitely. The coronavirus has shuttered Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holy sites throughout the Old City.

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Deploying drastic measures

International | Africa reacts to the coronavirus pandemic as it remembers AIDS and Ebola
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/26/20, 01:58 pm

SOUTH AFRICA: President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the coronavirus, just hours before the country began a 21-day nationwide lockdown enforced by the military. It and other African nations—vivid with memories of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and recent Ebola outbreaks—are deploying drastic measures.

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Retired FBI agent dead in Iran

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/26/20, 10:41 am

Robert Levinson went missing in Iran more than a decade ago and was the longest-held hostage in U.S. history, according to the FBI. His family revealed on Wednesday that U.S. officials think the retired FBI agent died in the Iranian government’s custody before the coronavirus outbreak. Iran has denied the claim.

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