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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...

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. ...

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...

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...

Pakistan opposition leader prevented from leaving country

May. 08, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s ailing opposition leader, who has been charged with corruption, was turned back on Saturday at the international airport in Lahore and prevented from leaving the country, his party spokesperson said. Shahbaz Sharif, head of the opposition...

Rachel Zoll, much-admired AP religion writer, dead at 55

May. 07, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

Rachel Zoll, who for 17 years as religion writer for The Associated Press endeared herself to colleagues, competitors and sources with her warm heart and world-class reporting skills, died Friday in Amherst, Massachusetts, after a three-year bout with brain cancer. She was 55. ...

GOP seeks a candidate that can end its exile in Virginia

May. 07, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Few places in the country have moved as quickly toward Democrats as Virginia, where Barack Obama ended his party’s 44-year presidential losing streak just 12 years ago. Republicans have won the governor's mansion just once since then. And in...

Maldives police say blast that hurt Nasheed act of terrorism

May. 07, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said Friday an explosion that wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed and four others including a British national was an act of terrorism and they are attempting to identify four possible suspects. Australian police said they are ready to...

Archdiocese sues Wisconsin over prisoner visit restrictions

May. 07, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed a lawsuit Friday demanding state corrections officials relax COVID-19 protocols and allow ministers to visit inmates. The archdiocese alleges in the filing that the Department of Corrections adopted a policy in...

The Latest: LA, San Fran opening business despite infections

May. 06, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles and San Francisco are reopening for more business under California’s least restrictive coronavirus safety rules, even though these counties have more infections than many others. State data shows nearby Orange and San Bernardino counties have...