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IATA urges governments to support airlines
The airlines industry body called on governments to support transatlantic carriers hit by cash-flow problems due to the coronavirus crisis by offering measures such as credit lines and tax breaks.
Saudi Arabia expands ban on Umrah pilgrimage over coronavirus fears
Saudi Arabia has banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca or visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina amid the rapid spread of a coronavirus worldwide, expanding an earlier such ban on foreigners.
Thailand kicks off 2020 with plastic bag ban
Thailand has begun the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores, continuing a campaign launched by the government and retailers towards a complete ban in 2021 to reduce waste and debris in the sea.
Palau is first country to ban 'reef toxic' sun cream
The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and sea life.
Thousands join anti-government protest in Thailand
Thousands of people joined Bangkok’s biggest protest since a 2014 coup on Saturday, after authorities in Thailand moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Scores of Hong Kong protesters arrested for defying mask ban
Hong Kong police and protesters clashed on Sunday as tens of thousands marched through the central city wearing face masks in defiance of emergency laws which threaten a year in prison for hiding their faces during demonstrations.
Russia facing potential Olympic ban after WADA cites 'inconsistent' data
Russia is once again in danger of being banned from next year’s Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies.”
Tens of thousands march for ban on abortions in Slovakia
Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia's capital on Sunday, calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
Germany extends ban on arms sales to Saudi for another 6 months
The government of Angela Merkel has extended its ban on all German weapons exports to Saudi Arabia for a further six month-period despite some calls for loosening the restriction.
Has Kenya's plastic bag ban worked?
Two years ago, Kenya introduced a ban on plastic carrier bags.
Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail 'fantastic victory'
Malawi’s highest court has imposed a ban on plastic bags, a huge milestone for the government and environmental charities who beat off challenges from some of the country’s big manufacturers.
Minister: Iran no longer bans cryptocurrencies
Iran’s finance minister said that the country is to fully legalize cryptocurrencies as the government moves to introduce regulations that would allow people to mine and trade digital currencies within certain limits.
Iran’s VP: US ban on Zarif will close door to diplomacy
An Iranian vice president warned that any US sanction targeting the foreign minister of Iran would block the road to diplomacy and further lay bare the falsehood of Washington’s calls for negotiations with Tehran.
Russia rejects US claim of violating nuclear test ban treaty
Russia has categorically dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow may be conducting nuclear tests in violation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
US judge blocks Mississippi 'heartbeat' abortion ban
A US federal judge on Friday blocked Mississippi's strict abortion law which would have banned the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.

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