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.

Photo: Reuters BAGHDAD: Through decades of conflict, Dr Haidar Hantoush has watched wounded soldiers and civilians flood into Iraq?s emergency wards. But he?s never been so scared. ?Violence we can just about handle. Patients stream into hospitals for hours at a time - but you can see how many there are.

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?.

RIYADH: All visitors currently inside Saudi Arabia, whose visit visas are about to expire, will now be able to extend their stay for up to 180 days, after paying a fee. The move was taken after Saudi Arabia decided to suspend all international flights for two weeks in light of the outbreak of coronavirus.

Residents light candles and turn on their mobile phone lights in their balcony to observe a nine-minute vigil in Bangalore, India, April 5, 2020. AFP/Manjunath Kiran NEW DELHI: Most of India's households switched off their lights on Sunday night after Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised his nation to fight the COVID-19 darkness by using diyas, or oil lamps.

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.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially moved to Los Angeles, the hometown of the Duchess of Sussex. According to PEOPLE magazine on Thursday, the couple is living in a secluded compound and hasn't ventured amid the coronavirus outbreak. Both the members of the British royal family were living in Canada following their announcement to step down as senior royals.