The Saudi Arabian Government has announced its plans to resume Umrah Pilgrimage from October 4th after a seven-month pause due to COVID 19 pandemic. In March, the kingdom halted the Umrah, which is an Islamic minor pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and can be undertaken at any time of the year.
Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet have resigned following health problems and Yoshihide Suga has been elected as Japan's new Prime Minister following a vote in the country's Parliament on Wednesday. The former cardboard factory worker and head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) replace outgoing leader Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister, who announced his intention to resign in August due to health problems related to colitis a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease that he was able to manage for most of his tenure.
The central Chinese city of Wuhan seems to have moved on from the coronavirus pandemic, as thousands of partygoers congregated in an open-air water park for an electronic music festival, without any form of social distancing measures or face masks insight. Over the weekend, the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park was filled with revelers in swimsuits crammed together shoulder to shoulder, waving to the beat of the music and cooling down in hip-high water. Others relaxed on inflatable rubbers tubes that filled the pool to the brim, with little space to float around.
Following orders to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston earlier this week by the United States' government, China in retaliation has on Friday ordered US to close down its Consulate in the Southwestern city of Chengdu. The Chinese foreign ministry in a statement said the order is a "legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States." "The current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see, and the US is responsible for all this," the statement added.