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Last Updated = Fri, Jul 30, 2021, 12:43 pm SL Time

* Saudi Arabia to reopen to vaccinated tourists after 17-month Covid closure

July 30 (HT) Saudi Arabia announced Friday it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists after a 17-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state news agency said. However, Riyadh did not announce any lifting of restrictions on the umrah,
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* Anger as Covid-ravaged Malaysia lifts pandemic measures

July 28 (BBC) The Malaysian government has been asked why it revoked emergency Covid regulations as cases continue to spike. Malaysia has reported more than a million cases and 8,000 deaths so far, but experts warn the real numbers are much higher as testing rates are low.
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* Afghanistan Taliban: Flash flooding kills dozens in remote province

July 29 (BBC) People in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan were buried under mud and debris when heavy rain brought flash floods during the night. Children and women are said to be among the victims in Kamdesh, with at least 60 people dead and dozens more missing. Many homes were destroyed.
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* Indians turn to crowdfunding to pay Covid bills

July 28 (BBC) Hospitalisations soared in India during a deadly second Covid wave. Now, hobbled by patchy insurance, Indians are turning to crowdfunding to pay the steep medical bills, reports Astha Rajvanshi. Supraja Reddy Yeruva was unable to breathe properly for days
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