Eid Mubarak prayers: How to perform Eid-ul-Adha prayer

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Eid ul Adha falls on July 30 this year, and will see Muslims around the world celebrate the “festival of sacrifice”, the holiest of the two Islamic festivals. People will commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command.

How do you perform an Eid al Adha prayer?

Muslim prayer, like most religions, is one of the most important aspects of worship but it gains a new significance during Eid al Adha.

Eid al Adha necessitates a specific type of prayer name Eid Salat, the Eid congregational prayer.

Eid Salat consists of two ‘Rakats’ (prescribed movements and words during prayer) and six ‘Takbirs’ (praising god).

First, Muslims will make the Niyyah (intention) which involves reciting: “I intend to do two Rakat behind the Imam for Eid prayer along with six additional Takbirs”.

Then Muslims will follow the Imam by raising both hands put to the ears, and stating “Allahu Akbar”, completing the first Takbir to enter in the Salat.

Reciting “Subhanaka” will then commence as those gathered say “Allahu Akbar” with the imam, three times and letting their hands down twice, then clasping the hands.

Then, they will listen to the imam reciting the Fatiha and a surah (chapter of the Koran), after which worshippers will say “Ameen”.

Following this, participants are to bow into Ruku and say ”Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem”.

Then, everyone involved will stand up straight as the imam states “Sami Allahu liman Hamidah”, and say “Rabbana lakal Hamd” in a low voice.

Muslims will then enter into the first Sajdah (bowing towards the direction of Mecca) and say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la”.

Sitting up from the first Sajdah in jalsa position (sitting position between the two Sajdahs) entry into the second Sajdah will take place.

Then, Muslims will say “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la”.

Muslims will rise up as they progress into the second Rakat.

For this second part, the imam will first recite Surah Fatiha and some other surah.

Muslims will recite takbir again, stating “Allahu Akbar” with the imam three times, then let the hands down each time.

On the fourth, Muslims will go into Ruku again, and say ”Subahaana Rabbiyal Azeem” after the fourth takbir (Without removing the hands).

As the imam says “Sami Allahu liman Hamidah”, the response is “Rabbana lakal Hamd” in a low voice.

Going into first Sajdah, “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” is said before sitting up in jalsa position (Sitting position between the two Sajdahs).

Progression into the second Sajdah means saying “Subahaana Rabbiyal Aa’la” and sitting for the complete Tashshahud (testimony of faith): Muslims recite At-tahiyyat, Allah-umma salli, Allah-umma Barik and Rabbana.

Finally, Muslims will turn to face their right first, saying “Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah” and then to the left and doing the same.

When does Eid ul Adha end? 

Eid Ul Adha officially lasts for four days. 

The celebration falls between the 10th day of Dhū al-Hijjah and lasts until the 14th on the Islamic calendar. 

On the Gregorian calendar, this is July 30 to August 3. 

 

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EU on brink: Leading economist warns eurozone will collapse within a year – Italy to LEAVE

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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have this week proposed a £447billion (€500bn) bailout for member states hit hardest by COVID-19, but experts have warned the funds may not be enough to prevent the economic turmoil in nations including Italy, Spain and Greece. The fund which is yet to be approved by all 27 EU member states, comes amid deep divisions within Europe, after Germany’s top court ruled the European Central Bank’s (ECB) plan for mass bond-buying to stabilise the eurozone partly violates the German constitution.

On the EU bailout, US economist Nouriel Roubini, lecturer New York University’s Stern School of Business, told German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche: “The fund is smaller than Italy, Spain and Greece had hoped.

“Perhaps that will be compensated for if most of the disbursements become subsidies instead of loans.”

The European Commission has forecast Italy’s economy will contract by as much as 9.5 percent this year, while the public debt is expected to jump to 158.9 percent of GDP – rising to 170 percent in 2021.

Mr Roubini has warned “the danger comes from Italy” if the ECB is unable to help surface the county’s debt through bonds.

The economist warns the consequences are fatal if a financial solution cannot be found, he said: “Otherwise the eurozone will collapse within a year.”

He added: “Even if the ECB helps, Italy has to restructure the bonds.

“Remember, Italy is a problem ten times bigger than Greece.”

A bond is debt-based investment, where funds are loaned to a Government for an agreed rate of interest.

Mr Roubini indicated Italy may not be able to keep up with repayments if Europe’s single currency has a sudden economic bounce back.

He said: “If the value of the euro does not fall enough, Italy’s only option is to leave the eurozone.”

Ms Merkel and Mr Macron published a proposal to help the EU and borrow €500bn as a common debt shared out between member states.

The funds would be transferred to regions and industries hit hardest and increase the EU’s 2021-2027 budget which is already close to €1 trillion.

The French President said: “That’s a real change in philosophy, I believe this is a very deep transformation and that’s what the European Union and the single market needed to remain coherent.

“It’s what the euro zone needs to remain united.”

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The plan to share debt across the EU has called divisions with the so-called frugal northern countries of bloc, such as the Netherlands, Finland and Austria – as the vast majority of the borrowed funds will go to other nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the financial package should be paid back over a long period and that Berlin would shoulder roughly 27 percent of the funds, as it already does for the regular EU budget.

Ms Merkel said: “We must act in a European way so that we get out of the crisis well and strengthened.”

The European Commission will present its own proposal for a Recovery Fund linked to the EU’s next long-term budget on May 27.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “It acknowledges the scope and the size of the economic challenge that Europe faces, and rightly puts the emphasis on the need to work on a solution with the European budget at its core.

“This goes in the direction of the proposal the Commission is working on which will also take into account the views of all member States and the European Parliament.”

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ISIS chief captured: Iraq Intelligence Service ‘arrest candidate to succeed al-Baghdadi’

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Abdul Nasser Qardash, said to be one of the possible successors to former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been captured in Iraq. Iraq’s official news agency INA, reported that the National Intelligence Service announced the arrest of the candidate to succeed the terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

A security source told the publication the National Intelligence Service had managed to arrest the alleged Abdul Nasser Qirdash.

The terrorist had been high up in the organisation while Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was leader.

Writing on Twitter, Feras Kilani, Arabic Special Correspondent at the BBC, wrote: “In intentional play with the phrase ‘potential candidate to succeed Al-Baghdadi’ used by Iraqi intelligence, Abdul Nasser Qirdash, because of his importance, is not Abdullah Qirdash, the senior leader of the organization, and the latter is not from behind al-Baghdadi, but rather al-Qurashi, whose name is Amir Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Salabi, which was confirmed by Washington.

“The matter seems to have a direct relationship to internal accounts, as the intelligence service is still affiliated with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, although information confirms that he has been in detention for some time and is being questioned, perhaps before the formation of the government that was announced a few days ago.

al-Baghdadi rose to prominence in ISIS after his detainment with Al Qaeda commanders at the American Camp Bucca, in Iraq.

He would become directly involved in ISIS’s atrocities and human rights violations including the genocide of Yazidis in Iraq, extensive sexual slavery, organized rape, floggings, and systematic executions.

He directed terrorist activities and massacres as well as embracing brutality as part of the organization’s propaganda efforts, producing videos displaying executions via hacking, stoning, and burning.

Back in October, al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during the Barisha raid, killing two children in the process.

On October 31 2019, ISIS confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead, and named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as his replacement.

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Macron sparks fury with Charles de Gaulle remark ‘mixing France and European sovereignty’

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The French leader paid tribute to the French wartime president at the site of a key battle, Montcornet, northern France as he tries to fight off claims he has mishandled the COVID-19 crisis. France has been badly affected by the virus with 28,000 deaths and more than 140,000 confirmed cases.

Although France suffered a defeat at the Battle of Montcornet in 1940, Mr Macron said the troops had put up a fight which allowed the British army to evacuate from Dunkirk.

President Macron used his speech to unite the country and stand up for himself at a time when many citizens have criticised his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The French government has started to ease the lockdown implemented in the country, but it has faced a backlash on how they have handled the COVID-19 crisis.

The French medical system has demanded better pay from Macron and a revamp in the health system which has been overwhelmed by the pandemic.

President Macron has acknowledged mistakes in reforming the national hospital system, which has faced years of cost cutting.

With probable reference to COVID-19, he said at the commemoration event: “What de Gaulle tells us is that France is strong when it knows its destiny, when it stands united, when it looks for cohesion . . . beyond the discords that have become unimportant and the disagreements that are too often pedantic.”

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Mr Macron added: “Yes, our armies were defeated but they struggled with fervour.

“It’s true that our armies had failings but they lacked neither courage nor strength of soul.”

The French President laid a wreath at a monument honouring those who died and commended the military bravery of those who fought.

He said: “I wanted to start the year of de Gaulle here in these lands that saw the rebirth of the French spirit of resistance.

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“Here, we saw the fiercely proud and free French spirit, determined and unshakable, which never dies even when the country is defeated, and which enables the people of France to rise up and to resume the great march of their history.”

Julien Aubert, an MP with the opposition centre-right Republicans, said: “De Gaulle is national sovereignty, strategic independence, [but] Emmanuel Macron has only rediscovered these things recently and he continues to mix them with the concept of European sovereignty, which is profoundly contradictory.”

On Twitter user accused the President of being disconnected by comparing the Second World War to the struggles of coronavirus.

They said: “How can you make so many communication errors as the president with the problems of the moment, but what do we do with the spirit of resistance of Charles de Gaulle. No but really!

“Your beliefs seems totally disconnected.”

Jean Luc on Twitter questioned his reference to De Gaulle, by saying: “He celebrates # Defeat! Weird, right?

“He wants to erect a # Memorial: so that we remember his incompetence in the management of # Covid_19?”His #Logic escapes me.”

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Tropical Storm Arthur warning: First named storm of hurricane season churning off US coast

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Atlantic hurricane season officially starts in June, but this year it has started early with the arrival of Tropical Storm Arthur. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring the system as it tracks near the US coast.

Where is Tropical Storm Arthur?

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Arthur is currently moving in a north-northeastward direction.

Arthur currently has maximum sustained wind speeds of 40mph, according to the NHC’s 8am (EDT) advisory on Sunday.

The storm is currently 355 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, and is moving at speeds of about 9mph.

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A Tropical Storm warning has been issued for Surf City to Duck NC, and Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds.

The NHC said: “At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 77.4 West.

“Arthur is moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 to 48 hours.

“On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina today, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.”

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning areas on Monday.

Arthur is expected to produce one to three inches of total rainfall over coastal regions of North Carolina tonight and on Monday.

However locally some areas could see much higher amounts of rainfall.

Arthur is also generating swells in parts of the US southeast coast, which are predicted to spread northward along the mid-Atlantic coast over the coming days.

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The NHC warns “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” could be possible.

So far the impact of Tropical Storm Arthur has been felt in South Florida, with areas such as Miami and Ft. Lauderdale witnessing heavy rain of almost two inches per hour.

A flash flood warning was issued for Miami-Dade County, while thunderstorms and strong winds hit some parts of the metro area on Saturday evening.

By Tuesday Arthur is forecast to weaken to a non-tropical low-pressure system off the mid-Atlantic coast.

When is the Atlantic hurricane season?

Since 2015 at least one named storm has developed before Atlantic hurricane season is officially scheduled to start in June.

After Arthur, the next named storms which form in the North Atlantic will be named Bertha, Cristobal and Dolly for the 2020 season.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season was the fourth consecutive year of above-average hurricane activity, with 18 named storms.

The season’s strongest storm, Hurricane Dorian, became a Category 5 major hurricane, with maximum sustained wind speeds recorded at 185mph.

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Trump threatened by hackers demanding $42million to save his ‘dirty laundry’

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The group claim they stole an extensive amount of private information from the media and entertainment law firm, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, whose past clients include Madonna, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen. The hackers are reportedly part of the infamous REvil hacking gang and claim to have access to 756 gigabytes of data.

They claim this data includes contracts, non-disclosure agreements, phone numbers, email addresses and private correspondence.

To prove that they had obtained the sensitive material, the hackers reportedly released extracts from contracts concerning Madonna, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera.

REvil named themselves after a malicious software they use to steal data.

This software was reportedly used to hack the Travelex foreign exchange at the start of the year.

It is unknown where the hackers are based, however the security researchers Cyberint say the group regularly post on Russian cybercriminal forums.

The hacking group have doubled their ransom demand from $21 million (£17.3 million) to $42 million (£33.9 million) for return of the stolen documents.

Since they reportedly stole the data last week, the group are now threatening to reveal information concerning Mr Trump in a week unless the law firm pay the full ransom.

Posting a message online, the hackers said: “The ransom is now $42,000,000 [£34,700,000].

“The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.”

The hackers added: “Mr Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever.

“And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president.

“The deadline is one week. Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don’t see the money.”

According to sources who spoke to the New York Post, it is unclear what the connection between the US President and the law firm is as Mr Trump has never been a client with them.

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Speaking to the Times, Brett Callow, an analyst at Emsisoft said: “Companies in this situation have no good options available.

“Even if they pay the ransom demand, there is no guarantee the criminals will destroy the stolen data if it has a high market value.

“The data may still be sold or traded. In these cases, it’s possible that the criminals will attempt to extort money directly from the people whose information was exposed.”

The law firm said, in a statement: “Our elections, our government and our personal information are under escalating attacks by foreign cybercriminals.

“Law firms are not immune from this malicious activity.”

The statement continued: “Despite our substantial investment in state-of-the-art technology security, foreign cyberterrorists have hacked into our network and are demanding $42 million (£34.7 million) as ransom.

“We are working directly with federal law enforcement and continue to work around the clock with the world’s leading experts to address this situation.”

The statement also said FBI had told them that negotiating with, or paying ransom to, terrorists is a violation of federal criminal law in America.

The law firm continued: “Even when enormous ransoms have been paid, the criminals often leak the documents anyway.”

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Top German banker explains how Brexit could sink EU with Brussels leadership in crisis

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The European Union faces political chaos ahead of crucial Brexit talks, according to a leading German banker, who fears for the future of the Brussels-led bloc. Andreas Dombret, former member of the Deutsche Bundesbank’s executive board, said that EU is in the middle of a crisis, following the coronavirus pandemic. He also pointed to the recent German constitutional court ruling on the ECB’s government debt purchases, which called into question the supremacy of European laws over national laws.

Last week, Germany’s top court sparked a European crisis after questioning whether European law trumps that of member states.

The court ruled that the European Central Bank was violating the law by failing to properly justify the bond-purchase programme, known as quantitative easing, following the financial crisis.

The judges said that the Bundesbank can no longer take part in the programme unless the ECB explains its policies within three months.

The decision dealt a huge blow to the EU’s unity as the fallout from the coronavirus and lockdown continues to strain relations between member-states.

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In response, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen raised the prospect of the EU suing Germany, the bloc’s biggest economic power.

European Council President Charles Michel also defended the authority of the European Court of Justice.

He told MEPs: “European law has primacy. The role of the European Court of Justice is essential to ensure uniform interpretation of European law.”

Peter Huber, who drafted last week’s ruling for Germany’s constitutional court, took another dig at the EU, claiming the European Central Bank “shouldn’t see itself as the Master of the Universe”.

Discussing the crisis, Mr Dombret warned that the court case threatens to throw the European Union into chaos. 

He told CNBC: “The biggest implication I see is for European politics going forward. How will the Commission react? Will they sue Germany? How do we go forward in a reliable way?

“We need to come back to a common understanding of what we want regardless of this German constitutional court decision.” 

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He continued: “Maybe the German presidency in the second half of this year will helpful in resolving that.

“Particularly given that Brexit is coming, we need a better understanding of how we want to craft European politics.”

One of Germany’s top judges Andreas Vosskuhle denied that the EU top court always has the last word in matters of the country’s law.

Angela Merkel said she will respond to the court’s ruling, telling lawmakers on Wednesday: “I have an interest that options are used to defuse the conflict.”

She appeared to surrender to the EU’s furious threats of legal action, saying the European Commission was justified in questioning the German court’s jurisdiction.

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EU catastrophe: European nations ‘stealing PPE from each other’ as crisis ravages Brussels

EU member states faced a shortage of medical supplies at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic as George Galloway has exposed the infighting inside the bloc over the past few months. He launched a scathing attack on the EU for leaving countries without PPE and explained they are far from a union. The former Labour MP accused Brussels leadership of a catastrophe with no intention of sharing the financial burden.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Galloway said: “I think it’s been a catastrophe all around but for the EU in particular, it has devasted the EU’s standing in the worst affected countries.

“The U in EU is a misnomer. Its ferrets in a sack.

“No one is standing with anyone else. In fact, members of the EU are stealing, like thieves, the medical material and ventilators destined for other EU countires.

“Of course they have no intention of sharing the financial burden fairly across the membership of the EU.”

His comments come as the EU executive will ask member states to allocate new sources of revenue to the EU’s long-term budget to help finance an economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic, its head said on Wednesday.

In a draft resolution, to be voted on later this week, the European parliament had threatened to withhold its approval for the upcoming seven-year EU spending plan unless governments dedicate new tax streams to it.

The EU does not have the power to impose taxes, but governments can agree to permanently allocate some of their revenue streams to the EU, as they have with customs duties and sugar levies and a slice of national value-added tax.

These revenues, along with national contributions, are called own resources and make up the trillion-dollar seven-year EU budget, the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF).

The MFF finances EU policies to equalise living standards across the 27-nation bloc as well as the EU’s agriculture policy, investment in research, development and education, and the projection of the bloc’s soft power around the globe through development and aid programmes.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will present a new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget on May 20, together with a plan for a recovery fund to help the EU restart its economy after what is set to be its deepest ever recession this year.

“Together with our next MFF, (the recovery plan) will be the ambitious answer Europe needs. An answer that will include new ‘own resources’ that we need in our budget,” she told parliament.

The new resources are needed because money for the recovery is to be borrowed by the Commission on the market using its triple-A rating to ensure the lowest borrowing cost.

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While some of it will be passed on to governments as loans, some will also be in the form of grants, von der Leyen said, which means the EU will eventually have to find cash to pay investors back.

The list of possible new revenues could include a common consolidated corporate tax base, taxes on digital services, a financial transaction tax, income from the EU emissions trading scheme, a levy on plastics, or a levy on products imported to the EU that were produced under lower CO2 emissions standards than in the EU.

It will be up to EU governments to decide if they agree to any of these options.

The bulk of the recovery money is intended to go to investment in the transition to a climate-neutral and a digitalised and resilient economy, which are EU priorities, von der Leyen said.

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World War 3: Fears London could ‘vanish in seconds’ by 400 nuclear bomb threats revealed

The warning came during a BBC Panorama special, dubbed “If The Bomb Drops” broadcast on March 10, 1980, featuring a young Jeremy Paxman. It was a period of heightened tensions in the Cold War as the Nuclear Arms Race was heating up and, on Christmas Day in 1979, Soviet troops had invaded Afghanistan as part of the Afghan War, in which the US and the United Kingdom backed the opposition. This escalation in conflict between the East and West during a proxy war, sparked fears a full-scale World War 3 situation was imminent and the Government began planning on how it would mitigate the effects of a nuclear attack, with the release of information broadcasts such as Protect and Survive.

During the footage, seen by millions, Colonel Jonathan Alford, former deputy director at the Institute of Strategic Studies, said: “It seems the Russians do not accept the mutual part of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD).

“They clearly think they might come to the point of a strategic nuclear exchange and then, if that was so, they want to lose less badly than the US.

“I think they would be looking at something like 200 targets in the UK and allocating nearly as many as 400 weapons to the destruction of those targets, given that they won’t all go off or work.

“If I took a map of the UK and put pins in all the military targets I think they would be interested in, there would not be many parts of the UK left.”

Later in the programme, Mr Paxman took a helicopter ride over London, to speculate what the impact of just one of these bombs could do on the capital.

He said: “A one-megaton bomb exploding 7,000 feet above the House of Commons, would create a fireball over a mile across, over Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square – the very heart of London.

“The fireball would last for approximately 10 seconds, reaching inside it temperatures of hundreds of thousands of degrees.

“Over an area for about a mile, down as far as Vauxhall Bridge, there would be winds of 700mph, while some of the more substantial buildings might be left partially standing, they’d have shifted on their foundations.

“Anything else, any human beings, would have simply vanished.”

Mr Paxman went on to reveal the effects would be felt up to seven miles outside of the centre.

He added: “Over the entire centre of London – Oxford Street, Park Lane, Mayfair, Kensington, Camden Town, up to Hampstead and down the river to Chelsea and Fulham – houses would simply explode, people would disappear.

“The blast would reach Battersea Bridge within 11 seconds with winds of up to 180mph and for as far as seven miles – to Putney, Hammersmith and Barnes and a far as Kew – houses would have their roofs ripped off, doors and windows will be blown in.

“Anybody caught in the open will be blown over, their body covered with blistering second-degree burns.

“Should major centres of the population be hit, the scenes of suffering and devastation will be appalling.

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“Rescuers will only be able to work when there is no threat of radioactive fallout, no one can guess how long it will be before normal life resumes.”

But, Mr Paxman also revealed the Government had a plan to survive.

He continued: “But some form of Government will survive, there are two guards stationed permanently outside an innocuous bungalow in the Home Counties in a building so secret, we cannot show it.

“Inside, deep underground is the seat of Government for all of Greater London.

“200 civil servants, soldiers, policemen and engineers have been designated to come here in the time of war.

“After the attack, they would attempt to carry on the business of Government for weeks, possibly months are known as sub-regional

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Coronavirus shock as three children in New York die from similar syndrome

The virus has been reported to lead to a syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease in children infected.

At least 73 children in New York have been diagnoses with symptoms of Kawasaki and something similar to toxic shock syndrome.

Kawasaki diseases is a rare inflammatory condition in children, usually linked to genetics.

Most of the children infected with these symptoms are reportedly toddlers or of elementary age.

While new information is being learned about the virus, there is currently no proof that COVID-19 can cause the two syndromes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the grim developments on Saturday at a New York City hospital.

Cuomo announced two more deaths a day after discussing the death of a five-year-old boy Thursday at a New York City hospital.

He did not give information about where the two other children died, or provide their ages.

Cuomo also said that the children had tested positive for COVID-19 or the antibodies but did not show the common symptoms of the virus when they were hospitalised.

He said at his daily briefing: “This is the last thing that we need at this time, with all that is going on, with all the anxiety we have, now for parents to have to worry about whether or not their youngster was infected.”

New York City reported on Monday that 15 patients aged between two and 15 had been hospitalised over the past three weeks with the COVID-related syndrome.

The death of the five-year old boy marks the first fatality from the new illness in the US.

Seattle has reported a case along with a team at California’s Stanford children’s hospital.

Other countries have also seen the grim new development in children.

A 14-year-old boy in the UK also died of the new illness.

Several cases in Europe were detailed in a report published in the Lancet.

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Experts in the Lancet reported that abdominal pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac inflammation were common to the cases.

Dr Jane Newburger, the director of the Kawasaki program at Boston children’s hospital, confirmed In a press release through the American Heart Association that a small number of children developed serious inflammatory syndrome with COVID-19, often leading to hospitalisation.

Newburger said: “We want to reassure parents – this appears to be uncommon.

“While Kawasaki disease can damage the heart or blood vessels, the heart problems usually go away in five or six weeks, and most children fully recover.”

She continued: “Rarely, but sometimes, the coronary artery damage persists.

“Because of this, Kawasaki disease is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed countries.

“Prompt treatment is critical to prevent significant heart problems.”

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