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Melbourne’s bad day

International | Officials call for additional restrictions in Australia’s second-largest city because of COVID-19
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/03/20, 01:05 pm

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne is under a state of emergency with business closures added to a nighttime curfew, as the country’s second-largest city tries to restrain the spread of the coronavirus. Overnight Saturday, 13 people died of COVID-19.

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Vietnam faces new COVID-19 cases

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/30/20, 04:27 am

After 100 days without any confirmed cases, Vietnam experienced a new outbreak of the disease in the coastal city of Danang over the weekend. Since then the coronavirus has spread to five other cities and provinces, infecting 43 people. Dak Lak province reinforced social distancing, closed nonessential services, and banned gatherings of more than 20 people.

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A sword of conquest at Hagia Sophia

International | Erdogan officially reopens the ancient church as a mosque
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/27/20, 05:30 pm

TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited prayers on Friday from Hagia Sophia, officially opening again as a mosque the 900-year-old church that authorities a century ago had turned into a museum.

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