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Pope Francis shares a word with Monsignor Luis Maria Rodrigo Ewart as he arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. A Vatican official who is a key member of Francis' COVID-19 response commission, the Rev. Augusto Zampini, acknowledged Tuesday that at age 83 and with part of his lung removed after an illness in his youth, Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected. Zampini said he hoped Francis would don a mask at least when he greeted people during the general audience.

The Latest: Pope ends public audiences amid virus surge

Oct. 29, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Italy and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter. The Vatican says Francis would resume livestreaming his weekly catechism lessons from his library in the...

French policemen and forensic officers stand in front of Notre Dame church after a knife attack, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Latest: Pakistani students denounce French secular laws

Oct. 29, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Dozens of Pakistani students have rallied in the capital, Islamabad, to denounce the French president’s support of secular laws that protect caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as freedom of expression. The...

FILE - This April 9, 1996, file photo shows David Rohde, then of The Christian Science Monitor, at a mass grave site in Kravice, Bosnia. Rohde, reporting for the New York Times, and two other men were kidnapped at gunpoint in Afghanistan in 2008. U.S. authorities announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that an Afghan man, Haji Najibullah, has been brought to the United States to face charges in the kidnapping. The victims were not identified, but the description matched the kidnapping of Rohde and Afghan journalist Tahir Ludin. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Arrest made in 2008 kidnapping of journalists in Afghanistan

Oct. 28, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Afghan man has been brought to the United States to face charges in the 2008 gunpoint kidnapping of a journalist for The New York Times, an Afghan journalist and a driver in Afghanistan, federal authorities announced Wednesday. The charges against Haji Najibullah, 42, were in a six-count...

Iranian protesters hold defaced pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron and the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in front of French Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

Oct. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused the publication of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity.” The cartoon could further heighten...

Pakistani clerics give approval to Hindu temple construction

Oct. 28, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s state-run council of clerics, which advises the government on religious issues, gave its approval Wednesday to the construction of a new temple for minority Hindus, ruling Islamic law allows them a place of worship. Lal Malhi, a prominent Hindu leader who is also a member...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

Supporters of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamist political party, carry a cutout of French President Emmanuel Macron with a garland of footwear around it as they protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday called for boycotts of French products and for protests over the caricatures, but Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Thousands in Bangladesh protest against French cartoons

Oct. 27, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Around 10,000 people in Bangladesh rallied in the South Asian nation's capital on Tuesday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. Protesters from the...

Pakistani rescue workers and police officers examine the site of a bomb explosion in an Islamic seminary, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. A powerful bomb blast ripped through the Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing some students and wounding dozens others, police and a hospital spokesman said. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Bomb at seminary in Pakistan kills 8 students, wounds 136

Oct. 27, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others, police and a hospital spokesman said. The bombing happened as a prominent religious...

A youth holds a photograph of France's President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second attack on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his attitude to Islam and Muslims, which prompted France to recall its ambassador to Ankara, Erdogan took aim at foreign critics. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

Oct. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and protests, as a clash over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and the limits of free speech intensified. Kuwaiti stores pulled French yogurts and bottles of sparkling...

Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

No arms, no issue for Pakistan snooker player Mohammad Ikram

Oct. 26, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

SAMUNDRI, Pakistan (AP) — Mohammad Ikram leans over the snooker table, his face at almost touching distance behind the white ball as he assesses his options, then knocks it with his bearded chin. At the other end of the table a moment later, a red ball sinks into the corner pocket. With a twist of the...