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US to reopen border crossings as illegal immigration drops

People wait behind concertina wire and newly installed barriers to turn themselves to the US border authorities, in Brownsville, Texas, as seen from Matamoros, Mexico, on 29th December, 2023.

Washington DC, US Reuters The US will reopen four legal US-Mexico border crossings on Thursday as high levels of illegal immigration have receded and freed up personnel, US border authorities said on Tuesday. The US will resume operations at an international bridge in Eagle Pass, Texas, two crossings in Arizona and another near San Diego, […]

After two years of closed borders, Australia welcomes the world back

Australia Sydney airport

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia said on Monday it will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers this month, ending two years of misery for the tourism sector, reviving migration and injecting billions of dollars into the world number 13 economy. The move effectively calls time on the last main component of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Kenyan churches reopen without kids, causing fear of gap in education

Nairobi, KenyaReligion Unplugged As churches in Kenya remained closed for eight months during the coronavirus pandemic, the suspension of Sunday Schools has hampered children’s ministry. Now, churches are reopening gradually, but without kids. “From the government’s directive, children are not allowed in the church because they are more vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Joe Macharia, who runs a […]

Attorney: 1,200 California pastors agree to reopen 31st May

Sacramento, California, USAP More than 1,200 California pastors say they will resume in-person services on 31st May in defiance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Newsom has gradually allowed some businesses to reopen as the state’s number of virus-related hospitalisations has flattened. But churches are still banned, […]

US, European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

Coronavirus US handing out masks

AP On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the US and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop. In separate stark warnings, two major European leaders bluntly told their citizens that the world needs to adapt […]

WHO warns against rushed end to coronavirus lockdowns; spread latest

Coronavirus US New Jersey

Zurich/Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that countries emerging from restrictions to halt the new coronavirus must proceed “extremely carefully” or risk a rapid rise in new cases. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries needed to ensure they had adequate measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory disease like tracking […]