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Police: Maldives Speaker Mohamed Nasheed injured in blast

May. 06, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives' first democratically elected president and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in a blast Thursday near his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, police said. The police media unit text message...

General says US may train Afghan forces in other countries

May. 06, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military may continue to train Afghan security forces, but do it in other countries after American forces leave Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday, calling it one of several options the Pentagon is considering. Speaking...

Vigils, rallies mark day of awareness for Indigenous victims

May. 06, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some shared agonizing stories of frustration and loss. Others prayed and performed ceremonies. All called for action. Across the U.S. on Wednesday, family members, advocates and government leaders commemorated a day of awareness for the crisis...

AP source: Sheldon Silver ordered back to federal prison

May. 06, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be returned to federal prison after federal authorities denied him home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and...

Israeli spymaster visits Bahrain to discuss Mideast security

May. 06, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency visited Bahrain for talks with officials on Thursday, the Bahrain state-run news agency reported. The trip came amid heightened tensions in the region over Iran and followed Israel's...

As virus cases drop, Virginia plans to loosen restrictions

May. 06, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia could lift capacity limits and relax rules for social distancing next month if the rate of coronavirus infections continues to fall in the state, Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday. The state's tentative plan is to loosen those restrictions...

Black religious leaders decry Missouri bills as biased

May. 06, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Black religious leaders on Thursday rallied at the Missouri Capitol and met with political leaders to denounce pending bills that they say are racially biased. The Reverend Darryl Gray, a longtime St. Louis activist who organized the event,...

Nebraska advances virus protections for meatpacking workers

May. 06, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers on Thursday gave initial approval to watered-down coronavirus protections for meatpacking workers, but the measure faced opposition even though many plants are already following the proposed requirements. Senators advanced the bill,...

At least 25 dead during Brazilian police raid in Rio

May. 06, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police targeting drug traffickers raided a slum in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and at least one officer and 24 suspects died after being shot, authorities said. A police helicopter flew low over the Jacarezinho favela as heavily armed men fled...

Italy set to vaccinate small island populations in one go

May. 06, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy is set to start a mass vaccination campaign Friday on some of its small, remote islands with few residents and limited health care services, though one isle jumped the gun and got most of its adults inoculated on its own. The office of Italy’s virus...