Ramadan is typically a period of both worship and socialising, but this year strict lockdowns have limited gatherings for iftar meals at dusk when the fast is broken — a centrepiece of Ramadan. For millions of Muslims around the world, this Ramadan is unlike any other, with closed mosques and family gatherings forbidden.
For the faithful of the three main monotheistic religions, the spring of 2020 will be one to remember. In France, like in many other countries, strict lockdown policies mean synagogues, churches and mosques are off-limits. But as they celebrate Passover, Easter or Ramadan, religious leaders are often relying heavily on social media to maintain a spiritual link with their congregations. Our team reports.
Three civilians are dead and eight wounded after two female suicide bombers suspected to have been operating for Boko Haram launched an attack on the town of Mafa in northeast Nigeria. Boko Haram has been waging a 10-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has seen it repeatedly use female suicide bombers to attack soft targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations.