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Fast-moving Tropical Storm Fay makes landfall in New Jersey

The storm is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches (3 to 7 centimeters) of rain, a further reduction from earlier forecasts’ estimates. Flash flooding in certain areas is possible, as is minor coastal flooding in the tropical storm warning area stretching north from New York’s Long Island to Rhode Island. Tropical Storm Fay made […]

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Hagia Sophia: The museum of conflicts

Once an emblem of Christian-Muslim co-existence, Hagia Sophia has now become the symbol of Turkey’s Islamist politics. An Eastern Orthodox patriarchal cathedral for about 900 years, an imperial mosque for 482 years and then a museum and a famed tourist spot starting 1935. This is the short history of Hagia Sophia, the sixth century Byzantine […]

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister

Religious groups supporting the president say the education ministry is key to boosting Christian values in Brazil and casting aside what they contend is leftist influence in the schools. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to […]

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Turkey’s president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

In a televised address to the nation, Erdogan said the first prayers inside Hagia Sofia would be held on July 24, and he urged respect for the decision. The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high […]

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Tropical Storm Fay churns north toward NYC, New England

President Donald Trump said the storm is being monitored and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was poised to help if needed. Rain lashed the New Jersey shore Friday as the fast-moving Tropical Storm FayMiami churned north on a path expected to soak the New York City region. The storm system was expected to bring […]

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Gilead says additional data on remdesivir shows improved clinical recovery

Gilead Sciences Inc said on Friday additional data from a late-stage study showed its antiviral remdesivir significantly improved clinical recovery and reduced the risk of death in Covid-19 patients. The company said the finding requires confirmation in prospective clinical trials. Gilead said it analyzed data from 312 patients treated in a late-stage study and a […]

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12 people killed, 19 missing in Nepal landslides

Seven people, including three children, lost their lives due to landslides in Sarangkot and Hemjan areas of Pokhara city in Kaski district. At least 12 people were killed and 19 others missing in multiple landslides caused due to incessant rains in western Nepal, police said on Friday. Seven people, including three children, lost their lives […]

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Covid-19: Pakistan plans to reopen schools from September as cases decline

Pakistan has planned to reopen schools from September as the number of infections due to novel coronavirus are reducing. Educational Institutions across the country were closed since March due to the pandemic. Education minister of Pakistan Shafqat Mahmood at a news briefing said that administrations will have to follow strict “standard operating procedures” set by the […]