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The Rev. Michael Amadeo, left, gives Holy Communion during the broadcast and recording of the Palm Sunday Mass at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church for parishioners to watch online Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Ankeny, Iowa. Sunday Masses continue to be available online in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

US braces for more virus deaths; Europe hopes crisis peaking

Apr. 5, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. warned of many more coronavirus deaths in the days ahead as the global pandemic muted traditional observances from family grave-cleaning ceremonies in China to Palm Sunday for many Christians. Italy and Spain, the two hardest-hit European nations, expressed hope that the crisis was...

A family burn paper offerings for their departed relatives on the streets of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Authorities are controlling access and limiting the number of people entering cemeteries across China during the annual Qingming festival, also known as the Grave Sweeping Day, a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings, a move to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Nearly 3,000 released from Sri Lanka prisons

Apr. 4, 2020 11:18 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: , — China reports 30 new coronavirus cases, mostly from new...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after their talks in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, say they have reached agreements that could end fighting in northwestern Syria. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Putin: Russia needs constitutional changes to move forward

Mar. 5, 2020 5:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin told leaders of the four parties in parliament that proposed constitutional amendments are necessary to ensure Russia moves forward. His comments came at a meeting that concluded before dawn Friday looking ahead to an expected second reading of his proposed...

This photo from KTLA-TV video shows a Los Angeles police officer at the scene following a pursuit of a hearse on Interstate 110 in south Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, after it was stolen late Wednesday. The Lincoln Navigator was stolen from outside a Greek Orthodox church in East Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says one person is in custody. Local media have reported that the body was left in the vehicle while a mortuary attendant brought a different body into the church and that's when the vehicle was stolen. (AP Photo/KTLA-TV via AP)

Man charged with stealing hearse carrying casket in LA

Mar. 2, 2020 7:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a man suspected of stealing a hearse with a body inside and leading police on a wild chase that ended with a crash on a busy Los Angeles freeway. James Juarez, 25, faces felony charges including fleeing a peace officer while driving recklessly and taking a...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The working group proposed holding a nationwide vote on the changes on April 22. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin's new amendments revere God, ban same sex marriages

Mar. 2, 2020 3:02 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted a slew of new proposed amendments to the country's Constitution that include a mention of God and describe marriage as a heterosexual union. Putin first proposed amending the constitution in January's state-of-the-nation speech, saying it...

Los Angeles police officers stand after a pursuit of a stolen hearse with with a casket and body inside on Interstate 110 in South Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.  The hearse was stolen from outside a Greek Orthodox church in East Pasadena on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says one person is in custody.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase

Feb. 27, 2020 7:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway. Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a casket Thursday morning and took...

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, reviews the honour guard with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin during a welcome ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Shoigu is on a one-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Russian defense minister visits Serbia amid Balkan tensions

Feb. 17, 2020 11:01 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russian military cooperation with Serbia has reached a “fundamentally” new level, Russia’s defense minister said Monday as he visited his Balkan ally amid rising tensions in the volatile region. Sergei Shoigu said in Belgrade on Monday: “For our part, we...

People walk by graffiti showing a Serbian flag, left, and text reading

Montenegro PM, Serbian church bishop meet on religious law

Feb. 14, 2020 10:31 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's prime minister on Friday met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country in a bid to defuse tensions over a contentious law on religious rights. The Serbian Church in Montenegro opposes the law, saying it enables the state to take over its property,...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Putin said the changes in the constitution he proposed would only take effect if approved in a nationwide vote. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

Feb. 13, 2020 1:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power. Putin raised the idea of constitutional amendments last...

People walk by graffiti showing a Serbian flag, left, and text reading

EU enlargement chief urges talks on Montenegro religion law

Feb. 7, 2020 8:00 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European Union's enlargement commissioner on Friday urged dialogue in EU-hopeful Montenegro over a contentious religious rights law that has fueled tensions in the Balkan country. Oliver Varhelyi also said that the small Adriatic country of some 620,000 people is the...