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An Indian family watches epic television series “Ramayan” at their home in Jammu, India May 18, 2020. The country’s public broadcaster last month revived the wildly popular series from the 80s and brought back to life for a captive audience under lockdown. Staying home under a lockdown as they wait for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to pass, millions of Indians are turning to their Gods. Not in their prayer rooms, but on their televisions. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Reruns of religious dramas comfort Indians in dire times

May. 23, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

GURUGRAM, India (AP) — Staying home under lockdown as they wait for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to pass, millions of Indians are turning to their gods. Not in prayer rooms, but on TV. Seeking comfort in the certainty of the past, Indians are devouring reruns of popular Hindu religious dramas....

Esports find broader embrace during pandemic shutdown

May. 23, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — It was little surprise and ultimately hard to miss the boost in prominence esports, i.e. competitive video games, during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. After years building massive online audiences, esports has broadened its place in the modern mainstream...

FILE - In this  Jan. 9, 2020 file photo, a DirectTV dish stands on home in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. AT&T, one of the last major American companies still operating in Venezuela, said Tuesday, May 19, 2020 it will immediately abandon Venezuela’s pay TV market, as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the Venezuelan government, making it impossible to comply with the legal requirements of both countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

AT&T quits Venezuela as US sanctions force it to defy Maduro

May. 19, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — AT&T said Tuesday it will immediately ditch Venezuela's pay TV market as U.S. sanctions prohibit its DirecTV platform from broadcasting channels that it is required to carry by the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The Dallas-based company's closing of its Venezuela unit is...

Activists hold slogans outside the headquarters of broadcast network ABS-CBN corp. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. A Philippine government agency has ordered the country's leading broadcast network, which the president has targeted for it's critical news coverage, to halt operations after its congressional franchise expired, sparking shock over the loss of a major news provider during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Leading TV network goes off air under Philippine gov't order

May. 5, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The leading broadcast network in the Philippines went off the air under government order Tuesday, sparking shock over the loss of a major news provider during the coronavirus pandemic and accusations of targeting a presidential critic. The National Telecommunications Commission...

Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab holds up twitter posts during a press conference regarding what the government calls a failed attack over the weekend aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 4, 2020. The twitter posts are between two members of the opposition, Humberto Calderon and Yon Goicoechea.  (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela: 2 US 'mercenaries' among those nabbed after raid

May. 5, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said authorities arrested two U.S. citizens among a group of “mercenaries” on Monday, a day after a beach raid purportedly aimed at capturing the socialist leader that authorities say they foiled. Maduro held up a pair of...

People offer Friday prayers maintain social distance at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 1, 2020. The government imposed a nationwide lockdown to try to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

The Latest: China reports 1 new virus case, no deaths

May. 2, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Navajo trading post in New Mexico closed amid lockdown ...

Madison broadcast reporters adapt to life under quarantine

May. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Need to interview someone while staying six feet away? Attach your microphone to a broomstick. Need a home teleprompter? Set a piece of shiny glass to face a tablet or phone. Need to record a voice-over without a sound studio? Toss a blanket over your head. These are just a few of the...

Teachers on TV: Classes hit the airwaves during pandemic

Apr. 18, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Using his cat’s blanket as green screen, history teacher Bill Smith recorded himself teaching a lesson on New Jersey’s underground railroad, taking student viewers on a tour of sites including a river where slave hunters would try to reenslave people attempting crossings....

Priests conduct a service without a congregation, but which was broadcast on television, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family in Nairobi, Kenya, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Congo marks somber Easter while battling COVID-19 and Ebola

Apr. 12, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo marked the Easter holiday by bracing to battle both COVID-19 and a continuing outbreak of Ebola, after a second death from that disease was announced in eastern Congo Sunday. Across Africa, Easter was marked at home, with many Christians following services broadcast on television...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus wait to cast their early votes for the upcoming parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 10, 2020. The elections will be held on April 15 at about 14,300 polling stations all over the nation to pick lawmakers. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: South Korea continues down trend in new cases

Apr. 11, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea continues downward trend in new virus cases....