MEXICO CITY/DUBAI: The biggest supply cut ever contemplated by the world’s top oil producers is hanging in the balance as a refusal by Mexico’s leftist leader to imperil his plans to rebuild state oil company Pemex has angered the Saudi prince who helped craft the deal. For the past three days, Mexico has kept the oil industry on tenterhooks by resisting Saudi pressure to sign up to global cuts worth nearly a quarter of output for participating countries, aimed at reviving prices from their lowest level in decades.

LONDON: The Muslim practice of Wudhu five-times-a-day before the compulsory prayers may have played a major role in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in British Muslim communities. According to a recent report by Professor Richard Webber from Newcastle University and former Labour Party politician Trevor Phillips, Muslims in the UK might be at a lower risk of the deadly coronavirus because they clean themselves five times a day.

DUBAI: Qatar’s old industrial zone has emerged as a hot spot for coronavirus in the state, putting at risk many migrant workers who live and work in the area of car service centres, warehouses and small shops. The tiny country, where expatriates comprise the majority of the population, has recorded 452 cases of the virus, the highest number among the six Gulf Arab states that have reported a total of more than 1,200.

NEW DELHI: Four Indian men convicted of the infamous 2012 gang rape and murder of Delhi university student have been hanged. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were sentenced to death by a trial court in 2013. The four were hanged in the capital?s high-security Tihar prison in the first executions in India since 2015.

The mother of Jyoti Singh dubbed as ?Nirbhaya?, who was gang-raped and killed by six men on a bus in New Delhi, made a victory sign over the executions of the killers, saying that her daughter has finally got justice after seven years. Asha Devi, 51, said outside the Tihar prison where the rapists were executed that ?the beasts have been hanged?.

Photo: File WASHINGTON: A trillion-dollar Senate proposal to rescue the reeling US economy crashed to defeat Sunday after receiving zero support from Democrats, and with five Republicans absent from the chamber because of virus-related quarantines. Democrats said the Republican plan failed to sufficiently protect millions of American workers or shore up the critically under-equipped health care system during the coronavirus crisis.

OTTAWA: The Canada-US border will likely be closed to non-essential travel overnight from Friday to Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. The planned temporary shutdown of the 8,891 kilometer (5,525 mile) international boundary ? the longest in the world between two countries ? was jointly announced by Trudeau and Donald Trump the previous day.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in search of a house in Los Angeles where they intend to spend more time, a US publication reported on Monday. The couple that recently stepped down from their royal duties is currently staying in a multi-million palace in Vancouver Island in Canada. "This is what Meghan and Harry have always wanted ? to create their own life.

US President Donald Trump. ? AFP WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday of a "heavy price" if it or its allies in Iraq attack US troops stationed there. "If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!" Trump tweeted. The US president also wrote: "Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on US troops and/or assets in Iraq."

THE HAGUE: European police have foiled an attempt to cheat German health authorities out of millions of euros by selling them non-existent face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, Europol said Tuesday. Police action in two countries came as Germany moved towards the progressive lifting of restrictions against COVID-19 which has claimed around 3,000 lives in the country.