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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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New wave of violence in Congo

International | Worsening unrest in the Northeast sparks international concern
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/24/20, 01:38 pm

Families seeking refuge from Islamist violence arrived July 9 in Boga, a town of about 30,000 people in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo. They came from villages fewer than 10 miles away. Some carried personal belongings or brought goats and chickens they had snagged while on the move.

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Feeling the brunt of the pandemic

International | Countries begin to count the economic and social cost of the coronavirus on their poorest communities
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/20, 03:49 pm

A clothier in Zambia said her family has felt the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic since the country confirmed its first cases in March. “COVID-19 has led to increased poverty levels in our homes because we are having less income to purchase food items, [and] even the prices of foodstuffs have risen,” Lucy Sunga told a team from World Vision serving in the country.

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