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FILE - In this July 8, 2006 file photo, women prisoners celebrate the news of their release on bail, at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  Kanizan Bibi, charged with murdering her employer's wife and five children, remains a prisoner on death row for the last 29 years. She’s one of more than 600 mentally ill prisoners in Pakistan’s overcrowded prisons.  (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed,file)

29 years on death row, Pakistan woman suffers mental illness

Apr. 10, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Kanizan Bibi was 16 when she was charged with murdering her employer’s wife and five children. The police said she was having an affair with her employer, who was also arrested and later hanged. Until his execution in 2003, Sher Mohammad swore he and Bibi had never had an affair and...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appears at a news conference about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Fauci: Antibody tests expected next week in US

Apr. 10, 2020 8:20 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 — Good Friday observed at home ahead of Easter weekend....

FILE- in this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, photo, security personnel inspect a Sikh house of worship in the aftermath of a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Pakistan asked neighbor Afghanistan to extradite Aslam Farooqi, a leader of the local Islamic State affiliate, who was arrested in an Afghan intelligence operation in southern Afghanistan earlier this month. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

Pakistan seeks extradition of IS leader from Afghanistan

Apr. 10, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has asked neighbor Afghanistan to extradite a leader in the local Islamic State group affiliate who was arrested in an Afghan intelligence operation in southern Afghanistan earlier this month. Aslam Farooqi is a Pakistani national wanted in connection with attacks claimed by IS...

Roadside bomb kills 2 Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border

Apr. 10, 2020 4:02 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle in restive southwestern Baluchistan province Friday, killing two soldiers who were clearing the area for fencing the border with Afghanistan, two intelligence officials said. Two other persons were also wounded in the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 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 — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

Bishop William Joensen proceeds down the main aisle at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass in a near empty St. Ambrose Cathedral, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 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/Charlie Neibergall)

US job losses surge as world leaders urge Easter distancing

Apr. 9, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks, a measure of how fast the coronavirus has brought world economies to their knees. Meanwhile, religious leaders worldwide Thursday urged people to celebrate Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes. In...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: Dougie Hamilton ready to play if season resumes

Apr. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton would be ready to play if the season resumes after breaking his left leg in January. Hamilton needed surgery and had been...

A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills,  in Harare, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs. Confined to their homes with husbands and others, they face unwanted pregnancies and little idea of when they can reach the outside world again. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach birth control

Apr. 9, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return? Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere out of reach of...

An Israeli man stands on his hands on an empty road during a lockdown following government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country's virus outbreak, but offered citizens some hope by saying he expects to lift widespread restrictions after the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

AP Week in Pictures, Middle East

Apr. 9, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between April 2-8, 2020. This week’s selection includes scenes across the region, where the coronavirus has changed the course of daily...

Pakistan's army says it shot down Indian drone in Kashmir

Apr. 9, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military said Thursday its troops shot down a small Indian spy drone after it violated the country's airspace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. In a statement, it said Pakistani troops downed the drone when it “intruded 600 meters inside Pakistan's territory"...