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Coronavirus — Britain is to start trials to see whether plasma collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 could be an effective treatment for patients who are severely unwell with the disease.

Egypt tries plasma treatment to fight pandemic

Mohamed Fathi, an Egyptian man who has recovered from Covid-19, winced as he watched tubes running down his arm to donate blood plasma, but insisted: "if I can help just one person, that's a very good thing".

Roadside bomb kills seven in Afghanistan

Seven civilians were killed by a roadside bomb linked to the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, even as authorities pressed for peace talks with the militants.
On May 10, the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, decided to partially lift the curfew, while full curfew will continue for Friday and Saturday in addition to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr

Iraq maintains partial curfew after Eid-el-Fitr

The Iraqi Health Ministry said that it will maintain the partial curfew after the holiday of Eid-el-Fitr to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Eid-el-Fitr: PFN congratulates Sultan, Muslims

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria on Sunday congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and all Muslims in Nigeria on the occasion of this year’s Eid-al-Fitr.
French churches were preparing to hold their first Sunday masses in more than two months after the government bowed to a ruling that they should be reopened – provided proper precautions were taken.

France reopens worship centres

French churches were preparing to hold their first Sunday masses in more than two months after the government bowed to a ruling that they should be reopened – provided proper precautions were taken.
A general view of empty Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: REUTERS

Saudi Arabia declares Eid al-Fitr to start on Sunday

The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, will begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, authorities in the kingdom said on Friday.
The calculations showed that moon will set before the sun on Friday and hence Eid Al-Fitr would be on Sunday, May 24, after completing 30 days of fasting, according to astronomers at the observatory of Majmaah University near Riyadh.

Eid el Fitr may be Sunday – experts

Astronomical calculations have confirmed that there is no possibility for sighting the crescent moon of Shawwal in the evening of Friday, Ramadan 29, corresponding to May 22.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - AFP)

Coronavirus: Turkey announces first nationwide lockdown

Turkey is to impose its first nationwide lockdown before Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

The corner where Heyitkah Mosque in China’s restive Xinjiang region once hummed with life is now a concrete parking lot where all traces of the tall, domed building have been erased.
Nineteen suspected jihadists linked to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt have been killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Militants kill eight policemen in Egypt

Militants killed eight Egyptian policemen on Wednesday at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, centre of a long-running jihadist insurgency, the interior ministry said.
The Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) said 9,882 officers had been deployed to provide effective security during the Eid-el-Fitr break in Borno.

Eid al-Fitr: Gombe residents urged to live in peace and harmony

Muslims in Gombe State joined their counterparts around the world Tuesday in celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival, bringing to an end the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Daura emirate council suspends Sallah celebrations

The Daura Emirate Council in Katsina State says it has suspended all activities lined up to mark the forthcoming Eid-Al-fitr Sallah celebrations scheduled to commence next week.

Muslims worldwide get ready for 2019 Ramadan, starting May 6

Muslims around the world are preparing for the commencement of the holy period of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month as per the Islamic dating system, i.e. the Hijri calendar.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on October 24, 2018, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaking during a joint session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the capital Riyadh, which included the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Lebanese Prime Minister. – Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Saudi crown prince approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents

More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

CAF agree to delay AFCON by a week

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly taken the decision to push back the start date of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by a week.

In Iraq, Angelina Jolie calls for focus on conlfict prevention

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie called Sunday for a larger focus on conflict prevention rather than responding to its repercussions, during a visit to Iraq with the UN refugee agency.

Eid el-Fitr: Food vendors in parks, amusement centres record low sales

Food vendors at parks and some recreational centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Sunday said they recorded low sale in spite of the large turnout of fun seekers.

Police: 20 killed, 48 injured as explosion rocks Borno village

No fewer than twenty persons have been confirmed killed after an explosion in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Bayern Munich expect to be without rising star Alphonso Davies for up to eight weeks after he tore ankle ligaments early in Saturday’s 5-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Bayern youngster set to be sidelined for up to two months

Bayern Munich expect to be without rising star Alphonso Davies for up to eight weeks after he tore ankle ligaments early in Saturday’s 5-0 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
According to a statement issued in Abuja by the President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, the body warned against politicians politicizing the killings.

Catholic Bishops urge Nigerian government to investigate Lekki shooting

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, on Sunday called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding last week’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate, Lagos.
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Kanye West says he wants to buy Universal Music Group

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NMA: Soldiers force doctor to swim in muddy water for ‘violating curfew’

In enforcing the 48-hour curfew imposed by the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to stem the activities of hoodlums in the state, some soldiers on Saturday reportedly forced a medical doctor, Raphael Onyemekehia, to swim in a pool of muddy water along the Effurun-Warri Road in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.