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A Hindu woman wearing a mask shops for religious items on the eve of the Hindu festival Navratri in Prayagraj, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a total lockdown of the country of 1.3 billion people to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

Apr. 1, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she says...

In this March 29, 2020 photo, the Rev. Steven Paulikas, rector at All Saints Episcopal Church, delivers an evening prayer service over Facebook Live in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is upending the season's major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across faiths to improvise. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)

Virus forces religions to improvise, isolate for holidays

Mar. 31, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, MD. (AP) — The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to finding new ways to live out their beliefs in a time of social distancing and empty houses of worship. ...

Afghan Sikh men mourn their beloved ones during a funeral procession for those who were killed on Wednesday by a lone Islamic State gunman, rampaged through a Sikh house of worship, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. An explosive device disrupted Thursday's funeral service for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority community, killed in an attack by the Islamic State group on their house of worship in the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary)

Bomb disrupts funeral for 25 Sikhs killed in Afghan capital

Mar. 26, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosive device disrupted Thursday's funeral service for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority community who had been killed by the Islamic State group. No one was hurt in the blast, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The explosion went off Thursday near the gate of a...

Family members cry after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city on Wednesday, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

Mar. 25, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for several hours while Afghan special...

Indians stand in marked positions to buy essential commodities from a grocery store in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.The world's largest democracy went under the world's biggest lockdown Wednesday, with India's 1.3 billion people ordered to stay home in a bid to stop the coronavirus pandemic from spreading and overwhelming its fragile health care system as it has done elsewhere. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Police struggle to enforce India's sweeping virus lockdown

Mar. 25, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indians struggled to comply with the world's largest coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday as the government began the gargantuan task of keeping 1.3 billion people indoors. Official assurances that essentials wouldn't run out clashed with people's fears that the disease toll could soon...

Pakistan government spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan consults with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 16, 2020. Khan said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate developing nations' economies, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world's poorer countries. In an interview with The Associated Press he also called for an end to sanctions on Iran saying they were crippling the poor nation's ability to even contain the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistan PM warns new virus may devastate developing nations

Mar. 17, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world's poorer countries. In an interview with The Associated Press, Imran Khan criticized recent...

CORRECTS FROM COAST GUARD TO NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER- In this photo provided by Michele Smith, a National Guard  helicopter delivering virus testing kits hovers above the Grand Princess cruise ship Thursday, March 5, 2020, off the California coast. Scrambling to keep the coronavirus at bay, officials ordered a cruise ship with about 3,500 people aboard to hold off the California coast Thursday until passengers and crew could be tested, after a traveler from its previous voyage died and at least one other became infected. Princess Cruises says fewer than 100 of those aboard have been identified for testing. (Michele Smith via AP)

Latest: China's virus outbreak steady, with 143 new cases

Mar. 5, 2020 8:56 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 8:40 a.m. China's outbreak of the new coronavirus is holding steady. Health officials on Friday reported 143 new cases of infection and 30 new deaths, almost all in the epicenter of Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei where the...

Congress party workers shout slogans against Indian Home Minister Amit Shah during a protest against last week's deadly communal riots in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India's riot toll rises to 46 as capital remains on edge

Mar. 2, 2020 5:11 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The death toll in India’s capital from riots last week between Hindus and Muslims rose to 46, officials said Monday, a day after false rumors of new violence led to panicked calls to police in many parts of the city. The riots in New Delhi began over a disputed new citizenship law,...

In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 photo, a photojournalist takes photographs of Indian paramilitary soldiers patrolling a street vandalized in Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India. Reporting in India has never been without its risks, but journalists say attacks on the press during last week's deadly communal riots between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi show the situation is deteriorating. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Attacks on Indian journalists highlight growing intolerance

Mar. 1, 2020 7:33 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Reporting in India has never been without its risks, but journalists say attacks on the media during last week's deadly communal riots between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi show the situation is deteriorating. One reporter was shot and survived, another had his teeth knocked out, and...

Bangladeshis protest against the communal violence in New Delhi, after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Authorities have not said what sparked the riots, the worst communal violence in New Delhi in decades, as the the toll continued to rise. The protestors also raised slogans against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to visit Bangladesh in mid-March. Poster reads

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims protest India violence

Feb. 28, 2020 8:57 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Several thousand Muslims marched from the main mosque in Bangladesh's capital on Friday to denounce India's government for allegedly inflaming tensions between Hindus and Muslims, leading to clashes that left at least 40 dead and hundreds injured. After Friday prayers, thousands of...