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Ancient Petra a ghost town as pandemic hits Jordan tourism

For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent.As the novel coronavirus spread around the world, Jordanian authorities imposed a lockdown, and the last tourists left on

Anna Tobias' recipes for an early summer supper

Slow-roast duck legs with bacon and onionsPrep 10 minCook 2 hr 15 minServes 4For the duck legs4 duck legsSalt and black pepper150g lardons80g button onions or shallots, peeled and left whole½ bunch sage, leaves picked225ml dry marsala100ml water2 bay leaves Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan) g

Egypt to allow foreign tourists to some resorts from July 1

Egypt will allow scheduled international flights and foreign tourists to resorts that have been least affected by the coronavirus starting from July 1, the cabinet said. Egypt suspended regular international flights in March and shut down restaurants, hotels and cafes.Airports remain closed to all

Italians Rediscover Their Museums, With No Tourists in Sight

Rome - Elisabetta Povoledo -  There was no red carpet, but even so, a cadre of photographers snapped frenziedly as the objects of their attention — the first visitors to the Vatican Museums when they reopened on Monday after the coronavirus lockdown — squirmed in the unexpected spot

Abu Dhabi to impose fines on people dumping face masks, gloves

People found dropping surgical facemasks and gloves in Abu Dhabi face a fine of $272 and six traffic points, state news agency WAM reported citing Abu Dhabi Police.The Police said dumping rubbish poses environmental risks and affect the community as a whole.The UAE recorded 540 new coronavirus cases

The psychological impact of the coronavirus confinement in Spain Previous

A third of the world’s population, around 2.6 billion people, have been forced to live under some kind of lockdown or quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The confinement is having multiple effects, including financial and social, but less visible is the psychol

Middle East airlines’ passenger traffic nosedive in April

Passenger traffic for Middle East airlines plummeted 97.3 percent in April, versus a less-steeper dive of 50.3 percent a month earlier, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a report.“April was a disaster for aviation as air travel almost entirely stopped. But April may al

Countries adapt to ‘new normal’ as COVID-19 infects more than 6.7 million

Many countries have started easing coronavirus restrictions in a bid to go back to normal life, as global infections reached more than 6.7 million people. Restaurants, mosques and churches, parks and other public areas have been reopened in the region, including in the UAE which is set to allow 100

Surgical or homemade, masks mark a major shift in thinking

Think about Hannibal Lecter, the psychopathic cannibal in the “Silence of The Lambs.” Or Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask-wearing murderer in the “Friday the 13th” slasher film series. Before the coronavirus outbreak abruptly disrupted the livelihoods of millions of people, t

Kindness spreads with volunteer links at corona connects

It started with a simple spreadsheet created by a group of college students who wanted to help during the pandemic. In just two months, that spreadsheet has grown into an online platform that has connected would-be do-gooders with nearly 3,000 opportunities to volunteer across the United States. C

Paris cafes, restaurants partially reopen post-lockdown

Parisians who have been cooped up for months with takeout food and coffee can savor their steak tartare in the fresh air and cobbled streets of the City of Light once more — albeit in smaller numbers. The city famed for its vibrant cafe society and coffee culture got some of its pre-lockdown

'Love and dignity': Inside the UK's special needs schools

London, the United Kingdom - two days when she heard a knock on her front door. Opening it, she was surprised to find a large parcel. "I haven't ordered anything," she told the deliveryman, who stood at a distance with his mask and gloves on. "It's from your son's school," he responded. Inside th

Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes for lamb shawarma and two vegetable sides

Grill marks make me happy. Aesthetically, contrasting black stripes are exciting to look at, but, beyond that, it is the association with smoke and fire, with outdoor barbecues and joyful gatherings, that creates a delightful experience. Recently, the usual script has been heavily edited, big gather

A Tunisian apparel-retail entrepreneur rides the e-commerce wave

Tunisian fashion enthusiast Ameni Mansouri never thought that the Facebook group she started almost four years ago to sell clothes and accessories would one day turn into a popular online marketplace used by women throughout North Africa. Launched in 2016 with co-founder Ghazi Ketata, Dabchy (which

4 strategies to stay sane during the coronavirus pandemic

With no end date in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, the whole world seems to be in flux. Plans have been cancelled, entire industries are on hold, and the development of a vaccine is still uncertain. All this disruption has “pierced our illusion of certainty and control,” warned US

Cyprus to pay holiday costs of infected tourists

Cyprus has pledged to cover the holiday costs of anyone who tests positive for the virus after travelling there. In a letter made public on Wednesday, the government said it would pay for accommodation, medicine and food for patients and their families. Tourists "will only need to bear the cost of

Don’t abandon us, we don’t transmit coronavirus, say Cairo’s dogs and cats

The dogs and cats of a Cairo veterinary clinic have an important message, and they are taking it to the Internet.Don’t abandon us. We don’t spread the coronavirus.“We started this campaign after noticing that there were many people leaving dogs and cats outside our clinic,” e

Human development backslides, education at global levels ‘not seen since the 1980s’

Human Development Perspectives COVID-19: Assessing the impact, envisioning the recovery, estimates the percentage of primary school-age children who are not getting any schooling, adjusted to reflect those without Internet access, is now at “global levels not seen since the 1980s”. With

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