With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom.
Joseph Krauss and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | PostedMay 23rd - 7:39pm
Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
President Donald Trump has labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.
President Donald Trump’s declaration that religious services should be “essential” comes at a precarious point in the national balancing act that pits the call of worship against the risk of coronavirus.
Zeke Miller and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | PostedMay 21st - 3:45pm
After refusing for weeks to release reopening guidance for churches, the Trump administration on Thursday abruptly changed course — with the president saying he had instructed health officials to put the advice out.
A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday, authorities said.
New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but surged in India. And they overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America, both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. Infections were also linked to a reopened restaurant and church in Germany. The pandemic’s persistence is frustrating authorities struggling to keep people safe and revive their economies. It is disrupting the Memorial Day weekend in the United States and collective celebrations around the Muslim world marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In countries with weak health care systems and impoverished populations, fighting the virus is increasingly difficult.
Authorities in Turkey's western city of Izmir have detained an opposition politician after she shared videos of an Italian anti-fascist song being blared out of mosques' loudspeakers instead of the call to prayer, the country’s state-run agency reported Friday.
A passenger plane has crashed in a crowded neighborhood on the edge of the international airport near Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. Karachi's mayor said all 107 passengers and crew died, but Pakistani civil aviation officials say at least two people survived the crash. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. Local TV stations ran footage of a man on a stretcher who they said had survived the crash. Pakistan had just recently resumed domestic flights ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr following weeks of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.