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Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

Health
ROME -- Italy entered a three-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown Saturday to deter Easter travel and get-togethers even as the country's variant-fueled spike in new infections began to wane.The government had announced last month that it would place all regions into the strictest “red zone” lockdown over the Easter weekend to limit the chances of contagion, taking the same precautions it enforced over Christmas and New Year’s.Travel between regions and visits to relatives were being limited through Monday. Nonessential shops were closed and restaurants and bars were only open for take-out.“People are tired, but they are aware that protecting health is essential in these times,” said Maj. Fabio Palletta, a Carabinieri military police officer manning a checkpoint in Rome on Saturday, one of...
Pope Francis lands in United Arab Emirates for 3-day trip

Pope Francis lands in United Arab Emirates for 3-day trip

World
Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Pope Francis arrived in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, where he will embark on a 3-day trip as the first pope to visit an Arab Gulf state He arrived at Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport where he was greeted by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, grand imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif University, The National reported. "With great happiness, we welcome the arrival of my dear UAE guests. Pope Francis Pope of the Catholic Church and the virtue of Imam Ahmed Tayeb Sheikh of Al-Azhar al-Sharif," bin Zayed wrote on Twitter. "The flourishing of love, tolerance and harmony instilled the thoroughbred in this good land." Before his arrival in UAE, Pope Francis wrote on Twitter that he was visiting t...