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The News Roundup — International

A few worshippers perform al-Fajr prayer at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with only pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual.
A few worshippers perform al-Fajr prayer at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with only pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual.

Saudi Arabia has limited the number of people allowed to make the annual hajj pilgrimage due to coronavirus. Hajj typically draws up to 2.5 million Muslims from across the globe, but this year only 1,000 will be allowed. And the Palestinian Liberation Organization is calling for justice after Israeli police shot  Ahmed Erekat, a 27-year-old Palestinian man.

President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on work visas and green cards for new immigrants to the United States. The freeze will last until the end of the year. And in a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that immigrants whose asylum requests were denied can not contest them in the future.

The New York Times is reporting that the European Union may ban Americans from traveling when nations reopen next month. And the president of Kosovo was indicted on 10 counts of war crimes committed against Serbia. Kosovo’s president was set to visit the White House this week.

Singapore is planning to hold the first election in southeast Asia since the pandemic started. Meanwhile, the U.S. will start treating four Chinese news outlets as state embassies. The U.S. alleging that they are mouthpieces for the Chinese government.

A judge in Brazil is ordering Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public or face a fine. And in other parts of Latin America, coronavirus cases are spiking. Chile is now seventh in the world in cases, after a rushed reopening. This week,  Mexico confirmed 947 coronavirus deaths in one day, the country’s second highest daily toll since the pandemic began.

We review these headlines and more during the international edition of the News Roundup.

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