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One Dead in Shooting at U.S. Black Lives Matter Rally

One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting at a Black Lives Matter rally in the U.S. state of Kentucky, police said.

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Virus-Hit Iran to Make Masks Compulsory from Next Week

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that mask-wearing will be mandatory in certain areas as of next week and gave virus-hit provinces the green light to reimpose restrictive measures.

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U.S. Slams Hizbullah's 'Pathetic Attempt to Silence Media'

The U.S. State Department has reacted, after a Lebanese judge banned media from reporting remarks by the U.S. ambassador after she spoke about Hizbullah.

"Hizbullah's attempt to silence the Lebanese media is pathetic. To even think to use the judiciary to silence freedom of speech and freedom of the press is ludicrous. We stand with the Lebanese people and against Hizbullah's censorship," the Department said in a statement.

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Iran's Khamenei Warns Economy Will Worsen if Virus Spreads

Iran's supreme leader warned on Saturday that the country's economic problems would worsen if the novel coronavirus spreads unchecked, saying the initial momentum to contain it had since "waned".

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Bomb Kills Two Human Rights Workers in Afghan Capital

Two employees of Afghanistan's human rights body were killed in a bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday, the agency said.

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Russia Condemns Claims it Aided Taliban Attacks on U.S. Troops

Russia on Saturday denounced as "baseless" and dangerous a newspaper report claiming that Moscow's spies had offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan.

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Gaza Families Receive Qatari Financial Aid

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip started receiving Qatari aid payments of $100 on Saturday morning, an AFP correspondent said, part of millions in support from the Gulf emirate. 

The Hamas communications ministry said on Friday that it had received $30 million in aid from Qatar, a rare Middle East ally.

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A World Redrawn: Lebanon Film Director Fears Nothing Will Change

Prize-winning Lebanese documentary filmmaker Carol Mansour fears the world has learnt nothing from the novel coronavirus shock and will go back to square one or worse when normal life returns.

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan Agree to Delay Filling Dam

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed that Addis Ababa will delay filling a mega-dam as part of a comprehensive deal on the project that has raised tensions between the three countries, the Egyptian presidency said Friday.

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U.S. States Reimpose Virus Restrictions; India Tops 500,000

Two of America's largest states have reversed course and clamped down on bars again in the nation's biggest retreat yet as the daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the U.S. surged Friday to an all-time high of 45,300.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed, while Florida banned alcohol at such establishments. The two states joined a small but growing number that are either backtracking or putting any further reopening of their economies on hold because of a comeback by the virus, mostly in the country's South and West.

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