China Reports No New COVID-19 Cases for 1st Time; NY Reports Fewer Than 100

The daily death toll from the coronavirus contagion in New York state was fewer than 100, the first time that has happened since March 24. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the deaths of the 84 people were “a tragedy, no doubt,” but the lower daily toll, however, “is really overall good news” in the state’s battle against the virus. China, the country where the coronavirus outbreak began, reported no new infections Saturday, the first time since it started reporting cases in January. China’s National Health Commission said Saturday the number…

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Muslims in Cameroon Defy Eid-al Fitr Prayer Ban

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Thousands of Muslims in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, have defied Sunday’s ban of Eid-al Fitr public prayers, ordered as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. There have been 4,400 confirmed cases and 197 deaths in the central African state in less than three months. The ban was announced after more than 500 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Cameroon within 24 hours. Speaking via a messaging application from his residence, Mamadi Mahamat, the highest government official in Yaoundé’s second district, said he was surprised that…

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Moroccans Trapped in Spain for 2 Months Head Home at Last

RABAT, MOROCCO – It’s a reverse migrant crisis: Moroccan workers trapped in Spain are begging their own government to let them come back home. Construction worker Mohammed Benali is among hundreds of Moroccans who headed to their jobs in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta one day in March thinking they’d be home for dinner — but instead they found themselves trapped for more than two months by Morocco’s abrupt and unusually strict border closures to keep out the virus. They have slept in a parking lot, gyms, mosques, churches…

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Bomb Blast in Somalia Kills 4 During Eid Celebrations

At least four civilians were killed and more than 15 others were wounded in a bomb blast during Eid al Fitr celebrations outside the Somali town of Baidoa, witnesses said. Two of the dead are children, according to reports from the scene. The explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon as people performed traditional dances in a field near an internally displaced persons camp north of the town. Somalia observed Eid al Fitr on Saturday but festivities continue for three days according to Islamic traditions. A security official who could not be…

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