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Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants

Apr. 12, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban spokesman said Monday the religious militia won’t attend a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, putting U.S. efforts to get a peace plan anytime soon in jeopardy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

The Latest: Pakistan expects to get 15M doses through COVAX

Apr. 12, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s foreign minister says the country will receive 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-backed COVAX program. Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement Monday after meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. ...

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

Apr. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again. Last year, the coronavirus upended the 68-year-old Egyptian’s routine of going to the...

Remains of priest considered for sainthood coming to Kansas

Apr. 12, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The remains of the Rev. Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest who died in a prison camp during the Korean War, will be returned to his native Kansas, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita announced Monday. Kapuan, of Pilsen, is being considered for sainthood by...

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus

Apr. 12, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

RIBNOVO, Bulgaria (AP) — On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims from the southwestern corner of Bulgaria flocked to the sleepy mountain village of Ribnovo for a four-day festival of feasting, music and mass circumcisions. This year’s event in Ribnovo, a...

Rome judge orders arrest of Vatican suspect in London deal

Apr. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Rome judge ordered the arrest Monday of an Italian businessman living in London who is a prime suspect in the Vatican’s two-year investigation into the Holy See’s 350-million-euro ($416 million) investment in a London real estate venture. Judge Corrado...

Syrian on trial in Germany for killing man, injuring another

Apr. 12, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian man went on trial Monday accused of killing a German man and seriously injuring another in an attack last year that prosecutors said was motivated by Islamic extremist ideology. The trial of Abdullah A.H.H., whose full name wasn't released due to...

Small but quick: Bhutan vaccinates 93% of adults in 16 days

Apr. 12, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

THIMPU, Bhutan (AP) — When plotted on a graph, the curve of Bhutan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive shoots upwards from the very first day, crossing Israel, the United States, Bahrain and other countries known for vaccinating people rapidly. Those countries took months to...

Pacific Lutheran University cutting 3 dozen faculty, majors

Apr. 12, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Pacific Lutheran University will cut three dozen full-time positions to stabilize its budget after a months-long review by faculty of potential reductions. The cuts will eliminate majors in German and Nordic Studies, minors in Classical Studies,...

Norway charges man over thwarted attacks in London, Denmark

Apr. 12, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man has been charged in Norway for his alleged role in plans to carry out three extremist attacks in Denmark and in London, and for purportedly spreading Islamic State group propaganda on the internet. Authorities believe the 24-year-old...