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French government condemns attack on Muslim center

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The French government on Sunday condemned the defacing of an Islamic cultural center in western France with Islamaphobic slogans, and said an attack on Muslims was an attack on the Republic. The tags, daubed on the side a building used as a prayer room in the city of Rennes, were… Read

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Jordanian prince makes first public appearance since arrest

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Jordan's Prince Hamzah on Sunday made his first public appearance since he was placed under house arrest last week, reciting Quranic verses together with King Abdullah II at the graves of their forefathers. The gesture appeared to be an attempted show of unity on a major Jordanian holiday. Abdullah has… Read

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Dutch lockdown measures remain until at least April 28

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The Dutch government on Sunday dashed hopes of an early easing of lockdown, saying a night-time curfew and other restrictions would remain until at least April 28 as daily infections rose to a two-week high. Earlier the government had said they were looking at easing restrictions on April 21 by… Read

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Aid group facilities targeted in northeast Nigeria

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Suspected Islamic extremists attacked the offices of several international aid groups, setting them ablaze and renewing concerns Sunday about the safety of humanitarian workers in Nigeria's embattled northeast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in Damasak town late Saturday, but suspicion immediately fell on a faction… Read

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Thailand hits new daily record with nearly 1,000 virus cases

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Thailand’s Health Ministry warned Sunday that restrictions may need to be tightened to slow the spread of a fresh coronavirus wave, as the country hit a daily record for new cases. The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, the highest ever in a 24-hour period, bringing Thailand’s total to 32,625 cases… Read

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Chinese vaccines 'don’t have very high protection rates,' says official

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In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost. Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for… Read

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Electrical problem strikes Iran's Natanz nuclear facility

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Iran's Natanz nuclear site suffered a problem Sunday involving its electrical distribution grid just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges that more quickly enrich uranium, state TV reported. It was the latest incident to strike one of Tehran's most-secured sites amid negotiations over the tattered atomic accord with world… Read

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Prince Charles says royal family 'deeply grateful' for world's support

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Britain's Prince Charles offered a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa" on Saturday as Buckingham Palace offered the broad outlines of a royal funeral that will be attended by the family and broadcast to the world. As Queen Elizabeth II and other relatives mourned, Charles offered a personal video message… Read

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Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots

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Irish prime minister Micheal Martin warned against a "spiral back" into sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland on Saturday, as a week-long streak of riots raised fears for the future of a fragile peace in the British province. Police issued no statements on unrest in Belfast on Saturday, and the streets… Read

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BBC gets complaints over too much Prince Philip coverage

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The UK’s national broadcaster switched instantly into mourning mode when Prince Philip’s death was announced but not everyone has agreed with that BBC decision. The BBC canceled its regular programming Friday and aired special coverage hosted by black-clad news anchors throughout the day. Popular prime-time shows such as the cooking… Read

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