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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, delivers a speech while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, left, and Seine-Saint-Denis prefect Georges-Francois Leclerc listen, after a visit on the fight against separatism at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Authorities were looking into about 50 associations suspected of encouraging hate speech and the issue will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday after the history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French militant group, mosque to close after teacher slaying

Oct. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s president on Tuesday named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Emmanuel Macron said the group will...

Detained left-wing activist Reina Mae Nasino in handcuffs and wearing a protective suit to prevent the spread of the coronavirus looks at the coffin of her three-month-old firstborn named River during funeral rites at Manila's North Cemetery, Philippines on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. Left-wing groups on Friday decried the treatment as brutal of a detained activist, who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby's burial but was restrained with handcuffs, a sweltering protective suit and swarms of armed escorts as she quietly wept. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine activists say detainee's treatment was cruel

Oct. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly...

'It was so abrupt': COVID-19 upends burial rites in Cameroon

Oct. 14, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The commotion broke out in the cemetery after dark, flashlights flickering wildly. Curious, neighbors stumbled upon a dispute between a grieving family and Cameroon's security forces. The family wanted to exhume their father's body from the Douala cemetery because the proper burial...

Funeral held for Arkansas detective who was fatally shot

Oct. 11, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas police officer who was fatally shot last week was remembered by officials, friends and family for his dedication to his job and community. The funeral for Pine Bluff Detective Kevin Collins, who was killed Monday in an exchange of gunfire at a hotel during an...

This booking photo provided by the Hunt County (Texas) Sheriff's Office shows Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Lucas has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Black man following a reported disturbance at a convenience store in a small East Texas town over the weekend, authorities said. (Hunt County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Affidavit: Man fatally shot by Texas cop offered handshake

Oct. 7, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a small East Texas city had offered a handshake to the officer, asking if he was “doing good,” as the officer arrived at a convenience store to check out a report of a fight, according to a court document released...

Fans wear face masks and use social distancing during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Texas and TCU, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Memphis expanding capacity for football games

Oct. 6, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Memphis Tigers will be allowed to more than double their home crowd to nearly 12,000 fans in the stands at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium starting with their Oct. 17 game against UCF. The university announced the move Tuesday...

13 bodies piled in SUVs in Mexico, funeral attack kills 5

Oct. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico said Tuesday that 13 bodies were found stuffed into two SUVs in northern Mexico, while a shooting attack on a funeral in another state killed five and wounded four. The violence appears to be part of bloody turf battles involving the Jalisco cartel that has left...

Israeli police try to control a crowd of mourners during the funeral of Rabbi Mordechai Leifer, the latest in a string of clashes between security forces and ultra-Orthodox Jews violating a national coronavirus lockdown order, in the port city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The late rabbi, who had been the spiritual leader of a small ultra-Orthodox community founded a century ago in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh, died Sunday after a long bout with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israeli police clash with mourners at rabbi's funeral

Oct. 5, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — Israeli police on Monday scuffled with mourners at the funeral of a revered rabbi — the latest in a string of clashes between security forces and ultra-Orthodox Jews violating a national coronavirus lockdown order. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police reached an...

A worker constructs coffins at Enzo Wood Designs, in Johannesburg, Wednesday, Sept. 30. 2020. Casey Pillay, a coffin-maker in South Africa, watched the coronavirus pandemic turn his business upside down. For Pillay, the need for coffins rose and fell as South Africa's lockdown levels changed, but overall, he said,

South African coffin-maker saw COVID-19 at work and at home

Oct. 4, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coffin-maker knew death too well. The boxes were stacked in his echoing workshop like the prows of ships waiting for passengers. COVID-19 was turning his business upside down. Then it moved into his home. Kasie Pillay’s wife was a midwife, delivering babies for...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1999, file photo, former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson addresses the media during a news conference for inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Thompson is being remembered not only as a basketball coach but as someone who reshaped lives. He was recalled during a virtual memorial Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in which former President Barack Obama was among those who spoke. The 78-year-old Hall of Famer died Aug. 30, (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

John Thompson remembered as builder of young lives

Oct. 3, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama remembered John Thompson not so much as a basketball coach but as someone who reshaped lives. “What made coach Thompson special, what compelled us to celebrate his life today, is what he did to build young men,” Obama said Saturday....