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Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

World
Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut downBy KATHY GANNON Associated PressApril 3, 2020, 10:08 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleISLAMABAD -- Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups like the country's Islamic Ideology Council. However, some provinces have issued their own lockdown orders to prevent M...
The Latest: Virus death toll in Spain nears 11,000

The Latest: Virus death toll in Spain nears 11,000

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Virus death toll and unemployment surge in Europe and U.S. — Spain is closing Friday with nearly 11,000 coronavirus deaths. — German Chancellor Angela Merkel returns to work. ——— MADRID — Spain is closing Friday a black week with its death toll for the new coronavirus nearing 11,000, more than half of those during the past seven days, and more infections than any other country in Europe. The bottleneck in Spanish labs conducting the tests has led to relatively low levels of testing in Spain compared to other European countries, authoriti
Madonna pays tribute to co-star after coronavirus death

Madonna pays tribute to co-star after coronavirus death

Entertainment
Madonna has paid tribute to her Desperately Seeking Susan co-star Mark Blum who has died after contracting coronavirus.The Queen Of Pop called Blum "a remarkable human" and said his death served as "another reminder that this virus is no joke". Image: Blum was hailed as a 'remarkable human' by Madonna Blum, who starred in numerous films, TV show and plays, died aged 69 from complications related to coronavirus.Madonna wrote: "I want to acknowledge the passing of a remarkable human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones."I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!! ...

Nature reserve activist shot to death in central Mexico

World
Unidentified gunmen have shot to death a lawyer and activist who defended a rural tract against development near the Mexican city of CuernavacaByThe Associated PressMarch 24, 2020, 9:48 PM2 min readMEXICO CITY -- Unidentified gunmen shot to death a lawyer and activist who defended a rural tract against development near the Mexican city of Cuernavaca, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Tuesday. The governmental commission issued a statement condemning the killing of Isaac Medardo Herrera on Monday night. His neighborhood activist group in Jiutepec, Morelos posted a statement saying the killers knocked on the door of Herrera's home and shot him, before fleeing. Herrera had led a fight over at least four years to stop plans to build a housing development on the Los Venados tract...
Coronavirus: Italy sees one-day death toll of nearly 800

Coronavirus: Italy sees one-day death toll of nearly 800

World
March 21 (UPI) -- Italy again set a one-day death toll record from COVID-19, reporting another 793 deaths Saturday. Italy's Civil Protection Department said the country's overall coronavirus death toll reached 4,825, with 53,578 confirmed cases. Some 6,000 people have recovered from the disease. Most of the cases are centered in the Lombardy region -- 17,370. A strict nationwide lockdown, including restrictions on travel and closure of most stores, had been in place for 11 days in Italy, but the number of known coronavirus cases continued to rise about 15 percent every day, overwhelming hospitals. Meanwhile, new figures released Saturday show that the number of coronavirus cases in Spain jumped 25 percent in 24 hours. The number of cases increased by almost 5,000 in one day and more tha...