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Muslims wearing face masks attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a mosque in Gaza City, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Millions of people in the world's largest Muslim nation are marking a muted and gloomy religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan _ a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

May. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel,...

Tornado in Indonesia kills 2, damages hundreds of homes

May. 21, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A tornado ripped through several villages on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, killing at least two people, damaging hundreds of homes, and fatally knocking over a cow, a disaster official said Thursday. Another six people, most with serious injuries, were taken to a hospital...

In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo, a female orangutan named Amidah eats donated fruit, inside her enclosure at Medan Zoo in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. It has been more than a month since the zoo closed for visitors as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. With no income to buy food for the animals, the management appealed for outside help. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

AP PHOTOS: Animals at closed zoo depend on helping hands

May. 6, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The sound of the sea eagle breaks the silence between the iron cages at Medan Zoo in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. It has been more than a month since the zoo closed and restricted visitors as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The number of people...

In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020, photo, Muslims men attend a Ramadan evening prayer at a mosque in Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Muslim leaders in the province that practices Shariah law are allowing mass prayers in mosques if certain health protocols are in place. (AP Photo/Zik Maulana)

In Aceh, Indonesians pray at mosque but bring their own rugs

Apr. 29, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of people join the Ramadan evening prayers at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in the capital of Indonesia's far western Aceh province. They wash their hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus before they perform ablutions and begin their prayers. They come with masks,...

Imams attend the Ramadan prayer at a mosque empty of faithful due to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak in Zenica, central Bosnia, Thursday, April 23, 2020. The COVID-19 virus pandemic is cutting off the world's Muslims from their cherished Ramadan traditions. (AP Photo/Almir Alic)

Muslims begin marking a subdued Ramadan under virus closures

Apr. 24, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims worldwide began Ramadan on Friday with dawn-to-dusk fasting, but many will have to forgo the communal prayers and family gatherings that make the holy month special, as authorities maintain lockdowns aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic. Ramadan is usually a festive...

FILE - This April 10, 2004 file photo shows the volcano, Anak Krakatau, seen from the coast of West Java, Indonesia. Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau in Lampung erupted on Friday night, April 10, 2020,  Indonesia’s volcanology agency said the eruption is spewing the column of ash up to 500 meter high.(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, File)

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano shoots ash, lava

Apr. 11, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano spewed a column of ash 500 meters (1,640 feet) into the sky in the longest eruption since the explosive collapse of the island caused a deadly tsunami in 2018, scientists said Saturday. Closed-circuit TV from Indonesia's Center for...