Turkey and Greece Exchange Harsh Words Over Friday Prayers at Hagia Sophia

Muslims offer their evening prayers outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul’s main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, following Turkey’s Council of State’s decision, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Greek criticism of the move to convert the site from a museum has been scathing, underlining tense ties between…

Sri Lanka Has Completely Curbed Community Spread of Coronavirus, Says Head of Nation’s Covid-19 Task Force

Sri Lankan government soldiers in protective clothes spray disinfectants in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Lt General Shavendra Silva, who is also the Army Commander, said that all the positive cases since April 30, including over 500 at the Kandakadu drug rehabilitation centre, were those who contracted the virus from Sri Lankan expatriates whose return was…