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World Oct 14G-20 suspends poor nations’ debt payments for 6 more months
The Group of 20 nations, representing the world’s biggest economies, say they have agreed to extend the suspension of debt payments by an additional six months to support the most vulnerable countries in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
World Sep 23WATCH: Saudi king’s rare address to U.N. showcases monarch in charge
His speech marks only the second time in more than six decades that a sitting monarch from the kingdom addresses the gathering.
Politics Sep 22WATCH: Iran’s Rouhani strikes defiant tone under U.S. sanctions
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is expected to speak at the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly as the world continues to fight the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
World Sep 12Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war
Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war.
World Jul 31Final days of Islamic hajj and Eid al-Adha holiday impacted by coronavirus
The pandemic has pushed millions of people around the world closer to the brink of poverty, making it harder for many to fulfill the religious tradition of purchasing livestock. …
World Jul 30Pilgrims pray on peak day of hajj in shadow of coronavirus
Masked pilgrims arrived Thursday at Mount Arafat, a desert hill near Islam's holiest site, to pray and repent on the most important day of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
World Jul 27Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic
Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom’s oversight of one of Islam’s key pillars and the safety of visitors in the face of a global pandemic.
Nation Jun 22Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus
Saudi Arabia has never canceled the hajj in the nearly 90 years since the country was founded.
Economy May 11Saudi Arabia triples taxes, cuts $26 billion in costs amid pandemic
Saudi Arabia has tripled taxes on basic goods, raising them to 15%, and has announced spending cuts of around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy.
World May 08Amid pandemic, the world’s working poor hustle to survive
From India to Argentina, untold millions who were already struggling to get by on the economic margins have had their lives made even harder by pandemic lockdowns, layoffs and the loss of a chance to earn from a hard day’s…