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Ramadan: Muslims fast under coronavirus lockdowns

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption A Muslim devotee attends a prayer in Kathmandu amid a government-imposed lockdown across Nepal Millions of Muslims around the world have found different ways to celebrate Ramadan this year, as restrictions imposed by countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus have closed mosques and banned gatherings.This is when the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims…

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Ultra-Orthodox and trans: ‘I prayed to God to make me a girl’

[ad_1] When Abby Stein came out as trans, she sent shock waves through the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community. A direct descendant of Hasidic Judaism’s founder, The Baal Shem Tov, Abby’s parents considered her their first-born son and a future rabbi – but she was adamant that she was a girl. My dad is a rabbi, and having a son was a…

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Lam Wing-kee: HK bookseller who defied China opens shop in Taiwan

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Lam’s small bookshop was crowded with journalists and supporters at the opening A Hong Kong bookseller who defied mainland China has reopened his bookshop in Taiwan.Lam Wing-kee was one of five booksellers detained in 2015 after selling material critical of the political elite on China’s mainland.He fled to Taiwan last year for fear…

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Coronavirus: Ecuador ‘victim’ found alive in hospital mix-up

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials in Guayaquil, Ecuador say the hospital was in chaos because of the coronavirus outbreak A 74-year-old Ecuadorean woman who was declared dead from the coronavirus has been found alive, in a case of mistaken identity.The family of Alba Maruri were informed of her death last month and later sent what they were told…

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Nepal earthquake: Surviving a deadly Everest avalanche

[ad_1] Five years ago on 25 April, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, which shook the whole country. More than 8,000 people were killed, and hundreds of thousands lost their homes.BBC journalist Aamir Peerzada was filming a documentary film on Khumbu glacier of Mount Everest when the earthquake struck. It triggered multiple avalanches at Everest base camp, killing around 22 people…

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Coronavirus: Immunity passports ‘could increase virus spread’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Testing for antibodies is becoming more widespread Governments should not issue so-called “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” as a way of easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.It said there was “no evidence” that people who had developed antibodies after recovering from the virus were protected against a second infection.Such a move could…

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Coronavirus: Worldwide death toll climbs to 200,000

[ad_1] More than 200,000 people worldwide have now died with the coronavirus, figures from Johns Hopkins University show.There are more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the tally.It comes after the number of fatalities in the US passed 50,000, as Americans endure the world’s deadliest outbreak.On 11 January, Chinese state media reported the first known death liked…

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Hong Kong protests: Jailed man gets judge’s sympathy for stabbing

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The distinctly colourful Lennon Walls cropped up across Hong Kong during last year’s pro-democracy protests A Hong Kong tour guide jailed for 45 months for stabbing three people during last year’s anti-government protests has received a judge’s sympathy.The judge compared the protesters to an army that had brought fundamental change to Hong Kong.Judge Kwok…

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