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Construction workers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus exit an elevator in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the annual Lunar New Year festival, as the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic originally broke out in Wuhan a year ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases surging in northeast China

Jan. 13, 2021 9:27 PM EST

BEIJING — China is seeing a new surge in coronavirus cases in its frozen northeast, and has reported its first death attributed to COVID-19 in months. Officials said Thursday that Heilongjiang province in the region traditionally known as Manchuria recorded 43 new virus cases, most of them centered on the...

American Korda to face Hurkacz in Delray Beach Open final

Jan. 12, 2021 10:36 PM EST

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Building on momentum from the French Open, American Sebastian Korda has reached his first ATP Tour final. Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-3, 7-5 in the Delray Beach Open semifinals Tuesday night. Korda's opponent...

Priest who spoke at Sen. Kennedy's funeral denies sex abuse

Jan. 12, 2021 10:13 AM EST

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who delivered the homily at U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral in 2009 has pleaded not guilty to child sexual abuse. The Rev. Mark Hession was released on $2,500 bail Monday after his arraignment in Barnstable Superior Court in Massachusetts on two counts of...

Isner says he'll skip Australian Open because of COVID-19

Jan. 11, 2021 10:38 PM EST

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — John Isner says he'll skip the Australian Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Isner disclosed his decision Monday night after losing to fellow American Sebastian Korda in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open. Isner, 35, has two young children and said he wanted his family...

Turkish televangelist gets life term for sex abuse, offenses

Jan. 11, 2021 9:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a controversial Muslim televangelist and cult leader to life in prison, finding him guilty of forming a criminal gang and sexual abuse of minors, among several other offenses. Adnan Oktar, who was known for holding theological discussions surrounded by...

Catholic diocese releases names of credibly accused priests

Jan. 8, 2021 8:49 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River in Massachusetts has released a list of 75 clergy credibly or publicly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. More than three-quarters of the names released by the diocese Thursday have already been made public through previous announcements...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago priest stepping aside after sex-abuse allegation

Jan. 6, 2021 6:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Nationally known activist Chicago priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been asked to step aside due to an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced. The archdiocese said Tuesday that its Office for Child Abuse Investigations and...

Poland: Church cancels lease of liberal Catholic magazine

Jan. 5, 2021 11:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A liberal Roman Catholic magazine in Poland that recently criticized some high-ranking church officials says local church authorities in Krakow have terminated the publication's office lease after almost 76 years. The Tygodnik Powszechny (General Weekly) said on Facebook and on its...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, images of Ravi Zacharias are displayed in the Passion City Church during a memorial service for him in Atlanta. A posthumous sex scandal involving  Zacharias, who founded the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global organization in a wrenching predicament. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Ministry roiled by late founder's sexual misconduct scandal

Jan. 4, 2021 10:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous sexual misconduct scandal involving the man who founded, in his own name, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global Christian organization in a wrenching predicament. It faces calls from within its own ranks to change its name, pay reparations to any victims...

FILE -In this Thursday, May 10, 2012 file photo Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin attends a press conference, at the Vatican.  Pope Francis has accepted Tuesday Dec. 29, 2020 the resignation of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who worked to rebuild the Catholic Church's credibility in Ireland after it was shattered by decades of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Dublin archbishop who helped Ireland heal from abuse retires

Dec. 29, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who worked to rebuild the Roman Catholic Church's credibility in Ireland after it was shattered by decades of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up. Martin turned 75 earlier this year, the mandatory retirement age...