Saudi Arabia relaxes COVID-19 restrictions Oct 18, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa CairoSaudi Arabia started easing restrictions against Covid-19 on Sunday with the wearing of face masks no longer mandatory in outdoor spaces.Muslim worshippers at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca were seen praying shoulder to shoulder after a mandatory distancing ruling was lifted for the first time since the pandemic started early last year.The Grand Mosque is home to Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred site, towards which Muslims around the world direct their prayers. Saudi media on Sunday carried images of workers at the Grand Mosque removing floor stickers that had marked out social distancing rules. The Grand Mosque and the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in Medina can now operate at full capacity for fully vaccinated worshippers. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 21 dead as heavy rains lash south India’s Kerala Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Hundreds rally in Iraq decrying results of recent parliamentary vote Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Israel warns of regional arms race if Iran completes nuclear weapon Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Pro-democracy group calls on S Africa to intervene in Eswatini dpa Maseru/Nairobi The Swaziland Solidarity Network on Sunday called on the South African government to intervene in neighbouring Eswatini, where they say political tensions “have gone beyond boiling point.” “I am .. Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines dpa Manila The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday. More than 43,000 people were displaced by .. Indonesian conservationists catch Sumatran tiger blamed for attacks dpa Jakarta Conservationists in Indonesia’s Sumatra island caught a rare Sumatran tiger which was said to have mauled two people to death, local media reported on Sunday. Police and staff from the Jambi nature .. Sea-Watch 3 resumes ops to rescue 60 migrants off Libya dpa Rome One day after resuming its operations in the central Mediterranean, the German NGO Sea-Watch has rescued a further 60 migrants from a precarious attempt to reach Europe by boat. The NGO’s boat, the Sea-Watch 3, ..