Muslim prayer affected by coronavirus in some countries

People around the world are avoiding crowded places, cutting back on inessential travel and taking precautionary measures such as working from home to avoid catching the new coronavirus. Several countries have also urged their citizens to change the way they greet one another, or celebrate certain festivities. Religious authorities, meanwhile,[…]

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Singapore begins mourning for Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore has begun seven days of national mourning for Lee Kuan Yee, the country’s founding father who was as respected as he was feared. Lee, 91, succumbed to pneumonia on Monday morning at Singapore General Hospital, where he was admitted in February, the government announced. It said Lee had “passed[…]

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Singapore’s founding father dies

The government says Lee Kuan Yew, who as the founder of modern Singapore helped transform the sleepy port into one of the world’s richest nations, has died. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 for severe pneumonia and was later put on life support. The[…]

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Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery mission

Stormy weather has forced Indonesian search teams to suspend the recovery of the bodies of 162 people aboard the ill-fated AirAsia plane which crashed into the Java Sea. Wednesday’s weather prevented divers from searching the crash zone for sunken remains, with waves of two to three metres high and strong[…]

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No South Africans on missing plane: Govt

The South African government is not aware of any South Africans on the AirAsia plane which went missing at the weekend, the international relations department said on Monday. “We have not been alerted to any South Africans on that plane,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said. The Associated Press reported AirAsia Flight[…]

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AirAsia plane goes missing en route to Singapore

Rescuers scoured the Java Sea for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people which went missing in bad weather Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore, the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier this year. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Airbus A320-200 around an hour after it left Juanda[…]

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