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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj


Muslims from around the world perform Hajj every year in Mecca, Saudi Arabia



Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year in a bid to control coronavirus.

Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part, an announcement on state media says.

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Hello Kitty founder Shintaro Tsuji steps down as CEO aged 92

Shintaro Tsuji has been at the helm of Sanrio for more than six decades



The founder of the Japanese company that created Hello Kitty has announced he is stepping down as CEO aged 92.

Shintaro Tsuji said he would hand over control of Sanrio to his 31-year-old grandson, Tomokuni Tsuji.

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Pakistan plane crash: Dozens die as jet hits homes in Karachi


The crash happened in the Model Colony residential area



A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane flying from Lahore has crashed into a residential area of Karachi, killing at least 76 people.

The pilots of flight PK8303, an Airbus A320 carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, were attempting to land at the city's Jinnah International Airport.

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Coronavirus: South Korea's 'trace, test and treat' approach

Daegu city has been worst affected by the coronavirus in South Korea



In a car park behind a hospital in Seoul, 45-year-old Rachel Kim rolls down her car window and sticks out her tongue. She travelled to Daegu last week, the area with the highest number of coronavirus cases in South Korea.

Now she's developed a bad cough and a fever. Fearing the worst, she decided to get a Covid-19 test at one of the dozens of drive-through centres. Two people dressed head-to-toe in white protective clothing, clear goggles and surgical face masks are ready for her.

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Tom Hanks coronavirus: Actor and wife Rita Wilson test positive

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson sought tests in Australia

 

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, sought medical advice after experiencing symptoms of a cold in Queensland, the actor wrote on Instagram.

They will now spend time in isolation, he added.

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