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Pakistan police: Mob kills Sri Lankan over alleged blasphemy

Dec. 03, 2021 15:12 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob descended on a sports equipment factory in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Friday, killing a Sri Lankan man and burning his body publicly over allegations of blasphemy, police said. Armagan Gondal, a police chief in the...

Sri Lanka reports 1st omicron case in returnee from Nigeria

Dec. 03, 2021 10:34 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Friday it has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in an unvaccinated person who returned from Nigeria. Health ministry spokesperson Dr. Hemantha Herath said the 25-year-old Sri Lankan woman...

Pakistani activist, 3 retired officers convicted of spying

Dec. 03, 2021 09:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani military courts have convicted a prominent rights activist and three retired army officers on charges of espionage and sedition, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from 12 to 14 years, two security officials said Friday. The four were...

UN expert: Contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka

Dec. 03, 2021 08:53 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A U.N expert says contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, ethnic minorities and older people particularly affected. Tomoyo Obokata, the U.N special rapporteur on contemporary forms of...

Taliban chief bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan

Dec. 03, 2021 08:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban decreed on Friday they were banning forced marriage of women in Afghanistan, a move apparently meant to address criteria the international community consider a precondition to recognizing their government and restoring aid to the war-torn country. ...

Tropical storm brewing in Bay of Bengal off Indian coast

Dec. 03, 2021 04:23 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Indian authorities issued an alert, shut schools and canceled trains in parts of the country on Friday as rescue teams braced for a tropical storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal. The storm is expected to hit the coastline of the southern state of...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

India confirms omicron variant cases, says get the shot now

Dec. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday confirmed its first cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in two people and officials said one arrived from South Africa and the other had no travel history. A top medical expert urged people to get vaccinated. The Health Ministry...

Czech travel writer Miroslav Zikmund dies at 102

Dec. 02, 2021 09:16 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Miroslav Zikmund, a legendary Czech travel writer, has died. He was 102. The museum in the eastern city of Zlin, where Zikmund had lived, announced his death in a statement, saying he “left for his final journey” on Wednesday. Details were not given....