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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

FROM THE FIELD: Nature ‘strongest ally’ to building sustainable planet

Nature is humankind’s ‘strongest ally’ to help build a sustainable planet, according to a Malaysian biodiversity expert, whose organization is supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot told UNDP how indigenous communities in Malaysia ca

Tunisian tourism sector hopes for partial return of activity soon

Tunisian authorities are leaving no stone unturned in their search for solutions to the tourism crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. According to official figures published this week, tourism income this year has already dropped by 27% compared to the same period last year. Revenues were

Brits rush to beaches as lockdown eases

Sunbathers in the UK are enjoying their newfound freedom even without social distancing, as the country has eased lockdown measures after more than seven weeks of restrictions, according to media reports. Hundreds of people rushed to the beaches and parks across England as the country basked in the

Safe Eid staycations in the UAE

If you have been repeatedly pinching yourself to wake up from a bad dream, you are not alone. In the midst of the all-consuming coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has been forced to reconcile with a new order.After several stages of grief for what was, and disbelief for what lies ahe

When is Eid al-Fitr 2020: Everything you need to know

As Muslims around the world bid farewell to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, they also prepare for the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid celebrations will begin either in the evening of Saturday, May 23, or Sunday, May 24. The occasion will be affected this ye

Coronavirus in the Maldives: The couple trapped on never-ending honeymoon

It began with a wedding in Egypt's capital Cairo on 6 March: eight years after they first met, 36-year-old Khaled and Peri, 35, married in front of their friends and families. A few days later, the Dubai-based couple left for Cancún, Mexico, with barely a worry in the world: coronavirus seem

Eid treats: Palestinian chef Suzanne Husseini shares maamoul recipe

Derived from the Arabic term aamala – meaning, to make – the maamoul pastry is a quintessential Levantine treat served for special occasions, such as Eid and Easter. Husseini has provided Arab News readers with a recipe of three-flavored sorts. “It takes a little time to prepare a

I struggle with handwashing. Will my son inherit my OCD?

I have a son who is now two years old, and worry he has started to display OCD tendencies, and that I am passing it on. Though I am far better than I was, I struggle with managing some behaviours, including handwashing. With the threat of Covid-19, this has ramped up, and I have been fastidious abou

Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority: commercial flights will gradually resume

Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will implement a gradual resumption of commercial flights upon government approval, daily Kuwait Times reported.The country has suspended all international flights to and from the country since March 13 to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the excepti

'It feels irresponsible to have a second child and yet I want one. How do I grapple with this?

When I was pregnant with my son in 2018 I felt so worried about what his life would look like. I also felt guilty and selfish. What right did I have to bring new life into a dying world? My family thought I was being melodramatic and, while I do think they were right to a certain extent, I can&rsquo

Pizza, kebabs, chicken tikka masala: make your own takeaway favourites

Margherita pizzaAt its best, pizza is a wondrously simple combination of soft dough with a crispy base and a sparse scattering of choice toppings. No one component overpowers any other: it is a beautiful example of synergetic cooking. If there were a hall of fame for food the margherita pizza would

In Asia, children are going back to school. But education in the time of coronavirus is not without difficulties

For the first time in three months, South Korean high school students are back in the classroom. But in many ways, it's not schooling as usual.As high school seniors returned to school Wednesday, they had their temperatures checked, wore masks on campus, and sat at desks that were spaced apart, in

The science of gossip (and why everyone does it)

People feed off gossip. It's one reason why, in the 1960s, the National Enquirer swapped the gory, gruesome headlines they were known for with celebrity scoops and scandal. The switch gave the tabloid access to supermarket checkout lines and the "enquiring minds" in them. But it's not just tabloid

Greece to restart tourism June 15, international flights July 1

Greece will restart its tourism season on June 15 in a key boost to the economy after the virus lockdown, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday, adding that international flights would resume on July 1.“The tourism period begins June 15, when seasonal hotels can reopen, and direct

The best live lessons to help homeschool kids during lockdown

If you’re a parent or caregiver, one of the hardest things about the lockdown can be that the schools have closed. While you try to adjust to a new working from home routine, you’re also now homeschooling your children, which is no easy feat. There’s a number of resources availabl

Arabic mixed grill from Syrian chef Zafer Al-Fares

Arabic mixed grill is a dinner table staple in many households across the region. Boasting a richly-spiced assortment of grilled meat, this dish is best served with a steaming plate of crunchy fries and garlic dipping sauce. Try this recipe from Chef Zafer Al-Fares, sous chef at Ajman’s Radiss

Gaza girl, 13, teaches neighborhood children during school closure

In a wooden shack in the Gaza Strip, a 13-year-old girl holds classes for neighborhood children who have missed out on their studies since schools were closed in March due to the novel coronavirus crisis.Only 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, where cr

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