March 18, 2020

‘Much worse than you thought’: Italians share messages warning others of coronavirus impacts

ABC News(ROME) -- The videos came from hundreds of Italians across the country as they observed a nationwide lockdown, but the message for other countries was the same: Don't underestimate this. Italy has been particularly hard-hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with more than 35,000 confirmed cases and the second-highest number of fatalities behind China. Freelance filmmaker Olmo Parenti had those staggering numbers in mind when he collected messages from Italians to warn those in othe..
March 18, 2020

Saudi women’s driving activist on trial almost two years after the ban was lifted

BCFC/iStock(LONDON) -- The trial of a prominent human rights activist who campaigned for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia held its first open court session today, nearly two years after her arrest. Loujain al-Hathloul, 30, was arrested in the Kingdom in May 2018, along with eleven other women’s rights campaigners. Just over a month later, women in Saudi Arabia got behind the wheels of their cars and drove for the first time after over three decades of campaigning from activists to overturn..
March 17, 2020

Iranian hardliners accused of breaking into shrines closed to prevent coronavirus spread

iStock/3dfoto(QOM, Iran) -- At least 11 hardliners from a mob accused of breaking into a shrine in Qom on Monday, in protest of the Iranian government’s decision to close the holy site to help control the spread of COVID-19, have been arrested. "These people desecrated the holy shrine. They exerted force and broke the doors of the shrine," said Hossein Gharib, prosecutor of Qom, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported on Tuesday. Qom was not the only city in Iran that faced such a cha..
March 17, 2020

How Queen Elizabeth, 93, has reacted to the coronavirus

iStock/kylieellway(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth's schedule has been modified due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The palace announced on Tuesday that although the queen will meet with officials this week as planned, "future audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, in line with the appropriate advice." Additionally, Queen Elizabeth will move to Windsor Castle for Easter on Thursday, one week earlier than planned, and it is not clear when she will return to Buckingham Palace. The pala..