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19.4: The Lebanese economy, waylaid by financial and political crises on top of the pandemic, is set to contract by a crippling 19.4 percent this year, according to the World Bank. Next year things hardly get better, with a contraction of 13.2 percent coming in 2021.96,000: The UN says some 96,000 r...
BEIRUT: The Ministry of Education will reopen schools for integrated education starting on Monday. This comes after two weeks of closure and amid objections from civil bodies and commentators working in the public field. Hilda El-Khoury, director of the counseling and guidance department at the Ministry of Education, said: “Returning to education through the combined method
LONDON: Extreme Islamist and far-right content on social media increased markedly during the COVID-19 lockdown period between April and July this year, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index. “It should be no surprise … to see extremists of all stripes, including far-right and jihadist groups, opportunistically using the ongoing pandemic to advance their movements and
ISTANBUL: Turkey’s daily COVID-19 death toll hit a record high for a fifth consecutive day at 177, data from the Health Ministry showed on Friday. Turkey also recorded a new high of 29,845 coronavirus infections in the space of 24 hours, including asymptomatic ones, on Friday. However, from July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases, of which there were
DUBAI: On Sunday night, the 48th annual American Music Awards (AMA) kicked off at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater. The AMAs are one of the music industry’s biggest nights. Before the show began, however, A-list celebrities hit the socially-distanced red carpet, showcasing their theatrical, performance-ready looks before hitting the main stage. The annual awards show has a
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BEIRUT: As Lebanon entered into complete lockdown for two weeks from Saturday its hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of new COVID-19 patients, which is now around 2000 every day. One 91-year-old, Zuhair Salem Al-Husseini, spent 10 days on a trolley in the section designated for COVID-19 patients at Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital in Beirut because
PARIS (AP) — France and the United Nations have vowed to keep providing humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people but urged the country’s leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country. A Wednesday meeting organized by France and the United Nations was
BEIRUT: Lebanon is from Monday to gradually ease restrictions imposed two weeks ago after a surge in coronavirus infections, in a bid to relieve its struggling economy in time for the festive season, officials said. Acting health minister Hamad Hassan told reporters the country “will gradually reopen from Monday” to give citizens and businesses a respite ahead of Christmas and
LONDON: Amid news of the death of Argentinian football superstar Diego Maradona on Wednesday, a Lebanese television clip that claimed he was originally from Lebanon has resurfaced on social media. The Future Television show, Sire w Infatahit, hosted by award-winning journalist Zaven Kouyoumdjian, was the first to reveal the claim that Maradona originally hailed from the town
DUBAI: Iran registered on Wednesday a daily record high of 13,843 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said, pushing the national tally to 894,385 in the Middle East’s worst-hit country. Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that the death toll rose by 469 in the past 24 hours to 46,207. Iran’s health officials have voiced alarm over a surge in infections,
BEIRUT: Bakhaoun, Lebanon, has been shocked by the news that five members of the same family from the town have died from COVID-19 in the last six weeks. Abed Al-Jaleel Al-Samad, his wife Aisha and their youngest son Fady, 52, who worked for the Lebanese State Security, died from the virus in mid-October, while Fady’s older brother Bassam died on Oct. 27, and their brother
Shasta County saw more than 300 new COVID-19 cases in just two days. Health officials reported 318 cases on Friday and Saturday-- 220 Friday and another 98 Saturday. This comes after the county saw the highest single-day total of new cases on Friday, when 164 cases were reported. This means that Shasta County is falling deeper into the purple tier, according to the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.
Starting Friday, New York will limit private gatherings to 10 people and require bars and restaurants to close nightly at 10 p.m. School officials in Philadelphia, San Diego, Minneapolis and several other large cities hit pause on their reopening plans because of surging coronavirus cases.
BEIRUT: The two-week lockdown in Lebanon to limit the spread of coronavirus ends on Sunday, but the continued high number of infections and deaths may limit the options of the government committee tasked with restoring normal life in the country. On Saturday, owners of shops, stores, restaurants and cafes protested against measures that would keep their businesses closed,
COVID-19 infection rates continued to surge over the past week in PA, with the average new case count now exceeding 6,000 per day. Since last Friday, the commonwealth recorded an average of 6,429 newly diagnosed cases per day, according to the state Department of Health. This compares to an average of 5,914 new daily cases […]
A massive cold storage facility intended for helping with COVID-19 vaccine distribution is coming to Middle Tennessee. Cold Chain Technologies announced plans to open a new facility in Lebanon, calling it a "critical site" to support the unprecedented demand for delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. The new255,000+ square feet cold chain facility will reportedly be equipped to handle the temperature-sensitive supply chain requirements associated with the vaccine.
The “Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon,” of which Human Rights Watch is a member, released a video today criticizing Lebanon’s refusal to sign a recent statement by the Media Freedom Coalition, a partnership of countries advocating for media freedom and the safety of journalists.
BEIRUT: Lebanese army helicopters this week began dropping leaflets over city neighborhoods warning residents to observe the lockdown, which includes a 5 p.m. evening curfew. “Remain quarantined at home, COVID-19 is no joke,” the flyers read. Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the lockdown will last until the end of the month.
Lebanon began a two-week lockdown on Saturday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge at an alarming rate in the country. Caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, said the nationwide lockdown was “aimed at avoiding the collapse of the health system,” the state news agency reported. The lockdown reinstated a nightly curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.. Hospitals and medical staff are under