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.

OTTAWA: Canada has recorded almost 12,000 cases of the new coronavirus and the death toll jumped by almost 20% from Thursday, according to data posted by the country’s public health agency on Friday. The agency said on its Web site that cases gained by about 16% to 11,747 from

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.

Photo: Reporter LONDON: Liberal Democrat leader and Parliamentarian Sir Edward Jonathan fasted on Saturday and took part in an online iftari with Muslims to show support for Britain?s three million Muslims observing the month of Ramadan under a strict lockdown due to coronavirus. Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, took part by abstaining from food and drink from sunrise until sunset, and then shared his experience online.

Facebook said on Thursday it took down posts and ads run by the re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump for violating its policy against organized hate. The ads showed a red inverted triangle, a symbol the Nazis used to identify political prisoners, with text asking Facebook users to sign a petition against antifa, a loosely organized anti-fascist movement.

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?.

PARIS: An attacker armed with a knife stabbed several people on Saturday in south-east France before being arrested, sources told AFP. In the attack, two people were killed and seven were wounded. One of the wounded is in critical condition in hospital. The attack took place at a shopping centre

The granddaughter of the late US president Robert F. Kennedy and her young son went missing on Friday after drifting out into the Chesapeake Bay on a canoe, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said. An intensive search continued for Maeve Fahey Townsend, and her son Gideon, Hogan said. Maeve Townsend is the daughter of former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and the granddaughter of Robert F.

KABUL: Afghanistan will release some Taliban prisoners this week as part of confidence building measure crucial for the success of the peace deal signed between America and the Taliban to end nearly two decades of war, officials said on Wednesday. A three-member Taliban team arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to begin a prisoner exchange process and met with Afghan officials despite a nationwide lockdown implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus.