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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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U.S. gathers data on refugees

International | Homeland Security to collect information via UN, as U.S. refugee admissions drop
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/22/19, 12:59 pm

UNITED STATES: The Department of Homeland Security has begun collecting biometric information on every refugee referred for resettlement in the United States—and may hold onto it indefinitely—even though the Trump administration has floated plans to zero out refugee admissions in the coming fiscal year.

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Deadly flooding and landslides in South Asia affect millions

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/16/19, 11:25 am

Seasonal rainfall and landslides across parts of South Asia have led to the deaths of more than 100 people and have affected millions more, officials said this week. Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said at least 78 people died there and 32 others remain missing. Nepalese authorities deployed more than 40,000 soldiers and police officers to distribute food, tents, and medicine to those affected. In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, flooding killed at least 19 people and affected about 4.5 million others.

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