Saudi Arabia bans foreign pilgrims over coronavirus fears

February 27, 2020

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Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they pray at the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 27, 2020.


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Muslims who have planned an Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia have had their plans canceled over the Kingdom's decision to ban foreign pilgrims from entering the country to visit its Islamic holy sites over coronavirus fears. And, a man in Afghanistan who helped the United States now feels increasingly trapped there as the US makes moves toward a peace deal with Taliban. Also, French voters are heading to the polls soon to elect new mayors and city councils. But, in many French towns and villages, nobody is even running.

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