Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Muslims around the world perform Eid prayers amid Covid-19 pandemic distancing

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Masked and socially distanced to fight the coronavirus, Muslims around the world held prayers on Friday to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha, with mosques at reduced capacity and some praying in the open air.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 84, whose country is home to two of Islam’s holiest sites, tweeted holiday congratulations a day after leaving hospital in Riyadh. The Haj pilgrimage is being held in the country with attendance drastically reduced.

In Istanbul, Muslims held Eid al-Adha prayers at Hagia Sophia for the first time since the historic building was reconverted to a mosque this month following a court ruling revoking its status as a museum that drew criticism from Western countries.

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Man struck and killed by Fitchburg Line train in Somerville

Transit Police report an outbound commuter-rail train hit and killed a man on the Fitchburg Line tracks near Beacon Street, around 1 p.m.

Police say the man was “intentionally on the right of way” and that foul play is not suspected.

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Scores of anti-government protesters arrested in Zimbabwe

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Scores of people were arrested Friday in Zimbabwe as hundreds of military troops as well as police attempted to thwart an anti-government protest, with streets empty and many people hiding indoors.

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Organizers said demonstrators originally planned to protest alleged government corruption but instead targeted the ruling political party, using the hashtag #ZANUPFmustgo.”

Tensions are rising in Zimbabwe as the economy implodes. Inflation is more than 700%, the second highest in the world. Now the coronavirus burdens the threadbare health system.

Police arrested scores of people who tried to hold low-key protests, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said...

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Northeastern students will have to test negative on three coronavirus tests over five days before being allowed to physically attend classes

Northeastern today announced specifics of its Covid-19 plan for this fall, and it starts with an immediate Covid-19 test and then a trek to their rooms to await the results.

The requirement applies to all students, even if they’re coming from states Gov. Baker says are exempt from the state’s quarantine rule – other New England states, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii – as well as to students coming to Boston who plan to live off campus.

Students who test negative on the first test will be immediately allowed out of Husky quarantine but won’t be allowed to attend classes in person until after they get negative results back on tests on their third and fifth days. Students who test positive will be required to hole up in quarantine for two weeks, taking all classes remotely...

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SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler takes responsibility for ‘mental screw-up’ in 10th inning

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British filmmaker Alan Parker, director of ‘Midnight Express’, dies at 76

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British filmmaker Alan Parker, whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Fame,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at 76.

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A statement from the director’s family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness.

Parker was one of Britain’s most successful directors, whose diverse body of work includes ”Mississippi Burning,” “The Commitments and “Angela’s Ashes.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards.

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Tourists running amok in the White Mountains

WBZ reports the town manager in Conway, NH is complaining about “tourists acting like sailors on shore leave” this summer – and he should know, since he was once a sailor who took shore leave.

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All aboard: EU approves Alstom’s purchase of Bombardier rail unit

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The European Commission gave French engineering giant Alstom the green light to buy Canadian train-maker Bombardier Transport on Friday, a year-and-a-half after blocking a mega-merger with Germany’s Siemens.

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Paris and Berlin were infuriated when Brussels blocked the former plan to build an all European giant but the Canadian tie-up should now go ahead — with conditions.

Alstom will have to divest itself of some of its plants, but the new entity could still be of a scale to compete with the Chinese world-leader in the sector, CRRC.

“Going forward, a stronger combined Alstom and Bombardier entity will emerge,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

“Thanks to the comprehensive remedies offered to solve the ...

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Mask up to protect the more vulnerable

Museum of Science T. rex wearing a mask

Matt Frank asks that you cover your face for the seniors among us:

Not wearing a mask yet? Do it for our T Rex friend, he has survived multiple extinctions and a major @museumofscience renovation but is high risk due to age and working outside with the public…

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Nantes: A maritime metropolis of arts and culture

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Straddling the Loire and looking out to the Atlantic, water has long shaped the history and identity of Nantes. The French city is now capitalising on its maritime history, as its former shipyards play host to the innovative contemporary art event “A journey to Nantes”. FRANCE 24’s Olivia Salazar-Winspear meets its founder and director Jean Blaise, who tells us about the city’s strategy to bring together culture and tourism, as well as artists Myrtille Drouet and Evor Damoiseau, who are reinventing the urban landscape with their installations.

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We also take a stroll around two sights that shed light on the history of Nantes: the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany and the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, both of which provide key ins...

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