Turkey’s President Erdogan

Turkey’s President Erdogan has formally converted the world-famous Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and reopened it for worship as he drums up support for his Islamic-rooted party – sparking fury from Christian groups and the US. 

The move came hours after Turkey’s highest administrative court issued a landmark ruling that unanimously annulled the 1934 cabinet decision to renovate the site into a museum.  

There is growing evidence from Europe, the US and China that dirty air makes the impact of Covid-19 worse. But the study of the outbreak in the Netherlands is unique because the worst air pollution there is not in cities but in some rural areas, due to intensive livestock farming.

This allows the “big city effect” to be ruled out, which is the idea that high air pollution simply coincides with urban populations whose density and deprivation may make them more susceptible to the virus.

She told Fox & Friends that Dr Fauci presents “from a public health standpoint” while SAMHSA chief Elinore F McCance-Katz presents “psychological” impacts of closures.

“Dr Fauci is one member of a team,” she said. “But rest assured, his viewpoint is represented and the information gets to the president through the task force.”

The Reuters tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in Latin America.

The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.

But there are also distinctively Polish faultlines: ten provinces in the west of the country, most of which fell under Prussian and Austrian rule in the 18th century, voted for Mr Trzaskowski, while the remaining six in the east, once controlled by the autocratic Tsars of Russia and still markedly more conservative and religious today, were won by Mr Duda.

“PiS has managed to define what divides Poles,” Jacek Raciborski, professor of political sociology at the University of Warsaw, said. “They have exposed many people’s conflict with modernity, which produces enmity towards minorities, elites and European ideals.”