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Israeli police beef up presence in Jerusalem, fearing unrest

May. 08, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police beefed up forces in east Jerusalem and blocked busloads of Muslim pilgrims headed to the Al-Aqsa mosque for the holiest night of Ramadan, threatening to escalate already heightened religious tensions that have unleashed the worst unrest in the holy city in...

The Latest: Pakistan receives 1st vaccines through COVAX

May. 08, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Saturday received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The prime minister’s special aide on health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, asked people over age 40...

Bomb kills at least 30 near girls' school in Afghan capital

May. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded near a girls' school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many of them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility. ...

NYC candidate avoids jail for sparking riot over virus rules

May. 08, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City political candidate who led protests against coronavirus restrictions in Brooklyn last fall will avoid jail time after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of inciting a riot. Harold “Heshy” Tischler was sentenced to 10 days community...

Vegas teen finds deflated balloons so desert tortoises don't

May. 08, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Look closely in the desert foothills a few miles northwest of Las Vegas, and you might see shades of color dotting the cloudless landscape of cactus and mounds of dirt with mountains to the west. On a Saturday morning in April, a few miles from the...

Maldives: Islamic extremists behind attack on ex-president

May. 08, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A top official in the Maldives said Saturday that Islamic extremists were responsible for an explosion that critically wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed earlier this week, as police said they arrested two of four suspects. Hospital officials...

Sheriff's captain turns in badge, plans move to pulpit

May. 08, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After more than three decades in law enforcement, a Douglas County Sheriff's Department captain is moving out of the squad car and, eventually, into the pulpit. WOWT-TV reports that Matt Martin is retiring next week and plans to...

Philippine troops drive away armed rebels from public market

May. 08, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of Muslim militants occupied a public market overnight in the southern Philippines before fleeing after a tense standoff with government forces, officials said Saturday. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters did not take any hostage...

As India surges, Bangladesh lacks jabs, faces virus variants

May. 08, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India's surge in coronavirus cases is having a dangerous effect on neighboring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination drive, and as more contagious virus variants are beginning to be...

India's surge hits southern states, prompts more lockdowns

May. 08, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Two southern states in India became the latest to declare lockdowns, as coronavirus cases surge at breakneck speed across the country and pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to implement a nationwide shutdown. At over...