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In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, church leaders open the coffin of Patriarch Irinej during the procession at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia. After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. The spread of the virus within the largest religious group in the Balkans is getting more alarming by the day. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Virus deaths of senior Serb religious leaders triggers alarm

Nov. 23, 2020 10:23 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — After the two most senior Serbian Orthodox Church leaders died within a month after testing positive with the coronavirus, health experts and even hardcore believers are starting to worry. The spread of the virus within the largest religious group in the Balkans is getting more...

A woman kisses the coffin of Patriarch Irinej during the funeral procession at the St. Sava Temple in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The 90-year-old Irinej died early on Friday, nearly three weeks after he led the prayers at a funeral of another senior church cleric in neighboring Montenegro, who also died after testing positive for the virus. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbian patriarch buried with few virus measures in place

Nov. 22, 2020 8:18 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people on Sunday attended the funeral of Serbian Patriarch Irinej who died after contracting the coronavirus, many ignoring preventive measures against the pandemic. Many mourners and most priests holding the funeral service in the massive St. Sava Temple in the Serbian...

Workers sit at the closed Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's main business and trade hub, Satuday, Nov. 21, 2020. Iran on Saturday shuttered businesses and curtailed travel between its major cities, including the capital of Tehran, as it grapples with the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Mideast region. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

COVID-19 deaths of Serbian clerics highlight virus worries

Nov. 21, 2020 6:50 PM EST

As coronavirus cases surge globally, the COVID-19 deaths of two senior Serbian Orthodox Church clerics — one who died weeks after presiding over the funeral of the other — are raising questions about whether some religious institutions are doing enough to slow the spread of the virus. More reports...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Addressing an EU enlargement summit, Bulgaria’s leader on Tuesday, Nov. 10 pledged his support for the Western Balkan countries on the path of being integrated into the European Union. Leaders of EU countries and of membership candidates Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo met in Sofia to discuss their accession prospects to the bloc at a so-called Berlin Process summit, jointly chaired by Bulgaria and North Macedonia.  (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP, file)

Bulgarian leader backs Western Balkans nations joining EU

Nov. 10, 2020 2:28 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Addressing an EU enlargement summit Tuesday, Bulgaria's leader pledged his support for the Western Balkan countries on the path of being integrated into the European Union. Bulgaria is one of the EU's 27 nations. Leaders of EU countries and of membership candidates Montenegro,...

People line up outside a popular pub and restaurant in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, emerged from a lockdown at midnight Tuesday, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The Latest: Australia court upholds state's border closure

Nov. 5, 2020 10:08 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s highest court on Friday upheld a state’s border closure and dismissed billionaire businessman Clive Palmer’s argument that the pandemic measure was unconstitutional. The seven High Court judges ruled that Western Australia’s state border closure...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019. file photo, Serbian Patriarch Irinej attends a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, in front of church of St. Sava in Belgrade, Serbia. The Serbian Orthodox Church says Patriarch Irinej has been hospitalized after testing positive for the new coronavirus. Patriarch Irinej last Sunday led the prayers at the big public funeral for the church head in Montenegro, Bishop Amfilohije, who had died after contracting the virus. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Head of Serbian Orthodox Church in hospital with coronavirus

Nov. 5, 2020 6:20 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The 90-year-old patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, days after leading prayers at a large public funeral for the head of the church in Montenegro, who died after contracting the virus. The Serbian Orthodox Church...

Protective masks are burned by supporters of Brazilian President Bolsonaro during a rally in favor of Bolsonaro's position that no one will be forced to use them and eventually get a coronavirus vaccine, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.1, 2020. Brazil has confirmed more than 159,000 deaths from the virus, the second highest in the world, behind only the U.S. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

The Latest: Brazil protesters oppose vaccine mandate

Nov. 1, 2020 5:51 PM EST

SAO PAULO — Protesters have gathered in Brazil’s two biggest cities to demonstrate against any mandate for the taking of a coronavirus vaccine, supporting a rejection campaign encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro in opposition to the advice of most health professionals. A small group of people...

Thousands gathered by an open casket with Bishop Amfilohije's body during the liturgy and and funeral outside the main temple in the capital Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Bishop Amfilohije died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus weeks ago. A mass funeral on Sunday was held for the popular head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro in violation of restrictions that are in place against the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Huge funeral for Montenegro bishop despite rising infections

Nov. 1, 2020 8:22 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Huge crowds on Sunday attended the funeral for the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro in violation of coronavirus-fighting restrictions. Thousands gathered outside the main temple in the capital, Podgorica, for the liturgy and the burial of Bishop Amfilohije...

Believers pray by the coffin of Bishop Amfilohije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The church said the 82-year-old died Friday from pneumonia caused by COVID-19. Amfilohije, known for his staunch anti-Western and pro-Russian political views, played a key role in leading the anti-government protests and putting together an opposition coalition that is currently trying to form the country's new government. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Thousands mourn death of Montenegro bishop amid virus fears

Oct. 31, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Thousands of people on Saturday poured into the streets in Montenegro despite soaring coronavirus infections to mourn the death of the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country. Huge crowds gathered around the main church in the capital, Podgorica, where the body of...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2010 file photo, Bishop Amfilohije performs the liturgy in Belgrade's Congregational church, Serbia. Amfilohije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state's pro-Western government, has died in hospital after contracting the coronavirus, the church said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Head of church in Montenegro dies after COVID-19 infection

Oct. 30, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state’s pro-Western government that was voted out of power in August, has died in a hospital after contracting the coronavirus, the church said Friday. The...