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A top rebel leader surrenders to Indian army in northeast

Nov. 12, 2020 12:07 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A top insurgent leader and four of his fighters operating along India’s border with Bangladesh and Myanmar have surrendered to the Indian army in the country’s troubled northeast, the army said Thursday. Drishti Rajkhowa, who now is in the Indian army's custody, is...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, Jacob Newberry puts on new PPE at the COVID-19 state drive-thru testing location at UTEP in El Paso, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Texas judge upholds El Paso business shut down

Nov. 6, 2020 10:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas district judge on Friday upheld an order from El Paso County’s top elected official shutting down businesses while the region fights an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision from Judge Bill Moody of El Paso’s 34th District Court came as federal military...

UN urges cease-fire to tackle virus ahead of Myanmar vote

Nov. 6, 2020 2:53 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief appealed for a cease-fire across Myanmar ahead of Sunday’s elections to tackle surging COVID-19 cases, expressing concern at intensifying clashes including in Rakhine State where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims can’t vote because the government...

Firebrand monk surrenders to police days before Myanmar vote

Nov. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar noted for inflammatory rhetoric surrendered on Monday to police, who have been seeking his arrest for over a year for insulting comments he made about the country’s leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The surrender of the monk...

Schoolchildren observe a minute of silence for slain history teacher Samuel Paty, Monday Nov.2, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. French schools reopened for the first time since the beheading of a teacher who opened a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam, in mourning and under tight security for a national homage. At schools throughout the country, students will read the letter of Jean Jaurès, a 19th century French thinker and politician, to instructors urging them to teach the country's children to

French schools reopen in mourning after beheading of teacher

Nov. 2, 2020 10:43 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French schools held a nationwide minute of silence Monday in honor of a teacher who was beheaded for opening a class debate on free speech by showing students caricatures of the prophet of Islam. Invoking France's cherished rights of expression and secularism, officials recalled the country's...

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims protesting the French president’s support of secular laws allowing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad march to lay siege on the French Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Nov.2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Tens of thousands in Bangladesh protest against France

Nov. 2, 2020 6:13 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims marched in the streets of Bangladesh's capital on Monday in the country's largest protest yet against the French president's support of secular laws that allow caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The protesters, organized by the Hefazat-e-Islam group,...

Supporters of religious group burn a representation of a French flag during a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Muslims have been calling for both protests and a boycott of French goods in response to France's stance on caricatures of Islam's most revered prophet. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

As anger rises, Muslims protest French cartoons

Oct. 30, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president's vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim...

Supporters of Islamist parties carry an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Thousands of Muslims and activists marched through streets and rallied across Bangladesh’s capital on Friday against the French president’s support of secular laws that deem caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Tens of thousands protest in Bangladesh over French cartoons

Oct. 30, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims marched in Bangladesh’s capital on Friday to protest the French president's support of secular laws allowing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, burning effigies of him and calling for a boycott of French products. Protests were also reported...

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor examines a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. A Bangladeshi charity has set up a floating hospital turning a small tourist boat into a healthcare facility to provide services to thousands of people affected by this year's devastating floods that marooned millions. (Bidyanondo Foundation via AP)

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

Oct. 30, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country’s vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year’s monsoon. As the floodwaters started receding, the Bidyanondo Foundation...

Supporters of Islami Oikya Jote, an Islamist political party, hold up an effigy representing French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 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. Posters read

Hundreds of Muslims hold anti-France protest in Bangladesh

Oct. 28, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Hundreds of activists from an Islamist political party protested in Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday against the French president's support of secular laws that deem caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. The protesters from the...