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Myanmar sentences pastor for defying COVID-19 orders

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/06/20, 04:32 pm

Pastor David Lah, a Canadian citizen born in Myanmar, held a worship service on April 7 in Yangon, the largest city in the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma. A court on Thursday convicted him of violating Myanmar’s coronavirus gathering ban and sentenced him to three months in prison. The judge applied the time Lah spent in jail awaiting a ruling against the sentence and said authorities likely will release him within a few weeks.

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Eid on lockdown

International | The Muslim holiday begins as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/30/20, 07:17 pm

SAUDI ARABIA: Celebrations for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim “feast of sacrifice,” began on Thursday amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the Middle East. Mosques are widely closed and many countries are restricting in-home gatherings.

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Africa’s customized response to COVID-19

International | Governments team up with the private sector to combat the disease
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/20, 02:03 pm

Nigerian officials posed for a photo earlier this month with a genetic research team in front of a 40-foot shipping container converted into a mobile COVID-19 testing lab. Since the pandemic began, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control has approved several private companies, including 54 Gene, to help increase the country’s testing capacity.

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