Republican senators ask U.N. chief for independent WHO review panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday asked the United Nations to conduct an independent review of the World Health Organization response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the body appeared to have shown “remarkable deference” to

Saudi Arabia eliminates flogging as form of punishment: document

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia eliminated flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court seen by Reuters on Friday. The decision will see the punishment replaced by imprisonment or fines. “The decision is

Trump’s claims about disinfectant and sunlight fact-checked

President Donald Trump has questioned whether injecting people with disinfectants and exposing patients’ bodies to UV light could help treat the coronavirus. The Reality Check team has been looking into both of these issues. Claim 1 “I see the disinfectant,

Islam's holiest sites emptied by coronavirus crisis as Ramadan begins

RIYADH/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions. During Ramadan, Muslims the world over

South Africa to ease virus lockdown restrictions

South Africa’s president has announced an easing of some lockdown restrictions beginning next month, citing economic concerns. But President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that most people should remain at home, public gatherings remain banned, and the country’s borders will stay closed.