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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


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





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