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Extremists taking advantage of global COVID-19 lockdowns to recruit youths online: UN chief Antonio Guterres

Geneva/IBNS:  UN chief Antonio Guterres alerted the world that extremist groups are taking advantage of the COVID-19 lockdowns and have intensified their efforts to recruit youths online by exploiting their anger and despair through social media.

‘Toxic lockdown culture’ of repressive coronavirus measures hits most vulnerable

New York/IBNS: Disturbing details have emerged from dozens of countries that a “toxic lockdown culture” against the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted drastically on society’s most vulnerable members, the UN human rights Office (OHCHR) said on Monday. The development follows UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call last week for States not to use the COVID crisis as a pretext for repressive measures, in which he urged Governments to recognize that the threat was the “virus, not people”.

British PM Boris Johnson could modify COVID-19 restrictions before May 7 deadline

London/UNI: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could ease the coronavirus restrictions in the country this week, before the May 7 lockdown deadline.

Gaza to reopen restaurants amid strict measures against COVID-19

Gaza/Xinhua/UNI:  Restaurants in the Gaza Strip will reopen during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, while precautionary measures will be taken to protect people from the COVID-19 pandemic, said Gaza authorities on Sunday.

Canada’s Saskatchewan province to begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions May 4 - Premier

Toronto/Sputnik: The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will begin phasing out on May 4 some of the restrictions implemented to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Premier Scott Moe announced at a press conference.

Pakistan settling retired soldiers, labourers in PoK in bid to change demography: Report

Islamabad/IBNS: In a bid to change the demography of  Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), PM Imran Khan-led government is settling large numbers of retired Pakistani soldiers in that region, media reports said.

Fight against COVID-19: Bangladesh govt enforces nationwide lockdown till Apr 25

Dhaka:  The Bangladesh government on Friday has enforced the nationwide lockdown till April 25 and said that the army will increase its patrol and resort to tough action against people not maintaining social distancing and violating home quarantine rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As youths lose jobs in Pakistan amid COVID-19 lockdown, their families protest outside Punjab Governor's house

Lahore/IBNS: With several youth losing jobs amid lockdown imposed by PM Imran Khan-led government to combat COVID-19 outbreak, their family members on Sunday protested  outside Punjab Governor Mohammad Sarwar's resident in Lahore.

Thailand reports 109 new COVID-19 cases, one more fatality

Bangok/Xinhua: Thailand on Saturday reported 109 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,245.

COVID-19: Lockdown across India, in line with WHO guidance

New York/IBNS: India’s decision to impose a 21-day lockdown, which was announced on Tuesday, comes after a call from the UN health agency, WHO, for the country to take “aggressive action”.

White House on lockdown after suspicious package found outside gate

Washington, Jun 24 (Xinhua) The White House in the United States was on lockdown on Monday after a suspicious package was found outside the gate, local media reported.