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Australian artists connect with fans in new ways amid pandemic

Separated at death: No crypts or mausoleums for coronavirus victims in Quebec

Betty Cabral doesn’t expect her 93-year-old father Jose Cabral to live much longer.

He tested positive for the coronavirus last week. He contracted it at the Centre D’Hébergement de Dorval, the seniors’ residence he has called home for the last four years.

Two barns burn down in grass fire east of Regina

Regina firefighters were able to quickly contain a blaze east of the city, Saturday.

Officials say a call for an out of control grass fire came in just before 1 p.m.

Water had to be shuttled out to fight the fire which burned throughout the afternoon on a property north of the Trans-Canada Highway.

While a pair of old barns were lost in the flames, fire crews were able to save the home on the property.

No animals or humans were injured.

How robots are helping in the battle against COVID-19

While the human touch remains essential in times of crisis, robots are stepping in where people cannot.

Countries around the world are looking at all sorts of technologies to help contain the coronavirus.

And an army of robots is helping to relieve the pressure on health workers treating coronavirus victims

Al Jazeera’s Raheela Mahomed explains.

Conflict in Libya: Human cost mounts a year into Haftar offensive

Victims’ families are likely to wait for a long time to get justice, if they get it at all.

In Libya, it is the first anniversary of the launching of the offensive to capture the capital Tripoli.

Forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have so far failed to overthrow the internationally recognised government.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed looks at the mounting cost of the conflict.

COVID-19: Fears for undocumented workers in US

As many work and earn day-to-day, some undocumented workers say they cannot afford to miss work even if they are feeling sick.

As countries around the world grapple with new restrictions and anxieties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is further concern among groups in the United States who live and work on the margins of society – like undocumented workers and their families.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

Syrian air defences intercept hostile targets over Damascus: state news agency

CAIRO (Reuters) – Syrian air defences early on Monday intercepted “hostile targets” over the capital of Damascus, the state news agency SANA reported.

SANA added that the air defense system had intercepted “Israeli aggression” coming from Lebanese airspace, and had downed some rockets before reaching their targets.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

US farmers at risk of coronavirus

Farmers in Midwest fear shortages of food and labour if virus spreads into their rural communities.

Farmers in the United States are regarded as being in a high-risk group for the coronavirus pandemic.

That is despite working in the vast, open fields of the so-called “farm belt” in the Midwest.

Farmers there fear shortages of food and labour if the virus spreads into their rural communities.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Chicago.

Cameroon Anglophone crisis: Women bear the brunt of violence

Three years of separatist fighting in Cameroon has left its scars. Al Jazeera hears from a victim of gang rape.

The United Nations secretary-general is repeating his appeal for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some armed groups have answered that call, including separatists in Cameroon.

But a temporary truce is not enough for the million people forced from their homes during the country’s three-year conflict.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports.

East Africa's booming art scene draws global interest

Some artists in the region are hoping the international attention will help them get recognition.

With growing interest from international auction houses and a flourishing gallery scene at home, East African art is catching on with global collectors and a new generation of local buyers.

The region may lag behind the continent’s art powerhouses like South Africa or Nigeria, but experts say art in the region has attracted increasing interest in the past few years.

 

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports from Nairobi, Kenya.

COVID-19 effect: US service sector among hardest hit by lockdown

Unemployment in the United States grows at an alarming rate and there have been significant job losses in the service industry.

As the United States unemployment numbers grow at an alarming rate, those who work in the service industry are being decimated.

Bars, restaurants and hotels have been forced to close, leaving many facing an uncertain future.

Retailers too are seeing dramatic changes as they are forced to lay off staff.

In states like Florida, where tourism is a key financial driver, the economic landscape is facing a dramatic change.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Miami.

Australian artists connect with fans in new ways amid pandemic

In Australia, social media communities are popping up to help artists network in isolation.

Going to movies, concerts or art exhibitions has become a thing of the past because of the coronavirus clampdown.

Millions of performers worldwide are out of work.

But some artists in Australia are bypassing the restrictions to stay in touch with their audience.

Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage reports from Sydney.