Hezbollah-run television joined Lebanese and foreign networks in a live broadcast yesterday of Pope John Paul II's funeral from the Vatican.
The al-Manar television station, run by the pro-Iranian Shiite Hezbollah movement, conducted a live show with a Catholic priest talking about Christianity and Islam and the late Pope's call for co-existence among religions.
"We are a television which addresses all religious sects and Pope John II is a high-ranking religious figure and it is our duty to broadcast it live in memory of this great man of peace," Ali Haj, al-Manar's news editor told reporters.
"This is an event that involves millions of Christians around the world. We will be airing special programs on the pope's journey and how the elections of his successor will take place," Haj added.
Meanwhile, Beirut's Christian churches were full yesterday with worshippers who came to pay tribute to the late pope and light candles.
In the nearby mosques, Moslem preachers also paid tribute to the late Pope during Friday prayers, describing him as a "great man of peace and co-existence."
Koranic versus echoed throughout Beirut as the Pope was laid to rest, while both Moslem and Christian schools across Lebanon closed for the day.
In eastern Beirut a group of Christian and Moslem students gathered to observe a minute's silence near a Christian church.
A coronavirus-free tropical island nestled in the northern Pacific might seem the perfect place to ride out a pandemic, but residents on Palau said that life right now is far from idyllic. The microstate of 18,000 people is among a dwindling number of places on Earth that still report zero cases of COVID-19 as figures mount daily elsewhere. The disparate group also includes Samoa, Turkmenistan, North Korea and bases on the frozen continent of Antarctica. A dot in the ocean hundreds of kilometers from its nearest neighbors, Palau is surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean, which has acted as a buffer against the
Dutch scientists have found the coronavirus in a city’s wastewater before COVID-19 cases were reported, demonstrating a novel early warning system for the disease. SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — is often excreted in an infected person’s stool. Although it is unlikely that sewage will become an important route of transmission, the pathogen’s increasing circulation in communities would increase the amount of it flowing into sewer systems, Gertjan Medema and colleagues at the KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein said on Monday. They detected genetic material from the coronavirus at a wastewater treatment plant in Amersfoort on March 5, before
TRUE TOLL? Some Chinese are skeptical about official data, particularly given the overwhelmed medical system and initial attempts to cover up the outbreak The long lines and stacks of urns greeting family members of the dead at funeral homes in Wuhan, China, are spurring questions about the true scale of casualties at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, renewing pressure on a Chinese government struggling to control its containment narrative. The families of those who succumbed to the coronavirus in the city, where the disease first emerged, were allowed to pick up their cremated ashes at eight funeral homes last week. As they did, photographs circulated on Chinese social media of thousands of urns being ferried in. Outside one funeral home, trucks shipped in about 2,500
KEEN INTEREST: India is trying to procure medical gear from domestic producers and abroad, and China has emerged as a possible supplier as its factories reopen India is to buy ventilators and masks from China to help it deal with COVID-19, a government official said yesterday, even though some countries in Europe had complained about the quality of the equipment. India has recorded 1,251 cases of the coronavirus, with 32 deaths, but health experts said the country of 1.3 billion people could see a major surge in cases that could overwhelm its weak public health system. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government said that it was trying to procure medical gear, including masks and body coveralls, both from domestic firms and from countries such as South Korea and