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Lebanon's Migrant Workers' Plight Worsens as Crises Multiply

Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections.

Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions.

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Britain Divided over Reopening Schools as Virus Rules Ease

David Waugh is putting down barrier tape and spraying yellow lines on the ground outside the main door of his school near Manchester.

Waugh, who oversees five schools in northwestern England, already has painted yellow arrows to ensure that children follow a one-way path around the building when they return next month from an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Virus Cases Drop to Zero in China but Surge in Latin America

The coronavirus pandemic continued to drop in much of Asia on Saturday even as the outbreak surged in Latin America, as the world grappled with balancing the urge to restart economies with fears about health risks.

China, where the outbreak began late last year, reported no new confirmed cases for the first time. In South Korea, there were 23 fresh infections, mostly from the densely populated Seoul area where authorities shut down thousands of nightclubs, bars and karaoke rooms to stem transmissions.

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Virus Fallout Dampens Spirits as Muslims Mark Major Holiday

Muslims worldwide will celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration.

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Trump Lashes Out at Scientists Whose Findings Contradict Him

"A Trump enemy statement," he said of one study.

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Virus Accelerates across Latin America, India, Pakistan

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated across Latin America, Russia and the Indian subcontinent on Friday even as curves flattened and reopening was underway in much of Europe, Asia and the United States.

Many governments say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the virus can spread. In the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, unemployment is soaring.

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Israel Says to Respond to Any Hizbullah Attack but Not Seeking Escalation

The Israeli military said Thursday that it would be prepared to respond to any Hizbullah attack by striking homes, factories and other civilian infrastructure used by the group.

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Israeli Army Says Iran is Slowly Pulling Out of Syria

Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria in response to Israeli strikes, as well as growing domestic discontent linked to the economy and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli military said Thursday.

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Diab Warns of Major Food Crisis amid Virus

Prime Minister Hassan Diab is warning of a major food crisis in Lebanon which is facing an unprecedented economic and financial crisis made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post late Wednesday, Diab also warns of eventual "starvation" in the Middle East that he says may spark a new migration flow to Europe.

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U.S. Arrests 2 Americans Accused of Aiding Ghosn's Escape

A former U.S. Green Beret and his son accused of helping aid former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges were arrested Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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