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Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

May. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million. In California, where...

Guinean singer Mory Kante, 'baobab of culture,' dies at 70

May. 22, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music. His song “Yeke Yeke,” released in the late...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, the Larson sisters wash their hands inside the gate at their home in Dakar, Senegal. The girls were adopted from Sierra Leone after their father and other relatives died of Ebola. (AP Photo/Krista Larson)

VIRUS DIARY: Facing the coronavirus, still haunted by Ebola

May. 22, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — “Are you going to die?” my 8-year-old daughter asked me the other day. “They said on the radio that adults are getting sick and dying.” "Maybe you should stay inside." Instantly I was flooded with the anguish so many parents around the world are carrying...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 file photo, health workers measure the temperature of Afghan passengers in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter Kabul trough Kabul's western entrance gate, in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Despite global truce appeal, 661,000 people newly displaced

May. 22, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An international aid group said Friday that about 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary-general called for a global cease-fire to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing large-scale displacement hurts...

This combination photo shows, from left, gospel singer Troy Sneed, Andrew Jack as Caluan Ematt in

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

May. 22, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

A saxophonist whose sounds helped birth international dance music. An actress who learned alongside one set of Hollywood legends then told the life stories of others. A musician who went from pop-rock bassist to show-tune song stylist. In the second installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look at...

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to The Associated Press, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Guterres said Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak that began in China

UN chief renews call for global cease-fire to tackle virus

May. 22, 2020 1:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is again urging all parties to conflicts to respond to his call for a global cease-fire to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to the more than 20,000 civilians killed or injured in attacks in 10 countries last year and millions more forced from...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, a farmer's son raises his arms as he is surrounded by desert locusts while trying to chase them away from his crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya. Locusts, COVID-19 and deadly flooding pose a

Locusts, COVID-19, flooding pose 'triple threat' in Africa

May. 21, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Locusts, COVID-19 and deadly flooding pose a “triple threat” to millions of people across East Africa, officials warned Thursday, while the World Bank announced a $500 million program for countries affected by the historic desert locust swarms. A new and larger...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 21 2009 file photo, Sudanese refugees gather behind the Oxfam logo at the site of the looted compound of the expelled British aid group, Oxfam at Al Salam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan. Oxfam, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, is to severely curtail its work around the world because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of operations in 18 countries at the potential cost of over 1,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Shock and sadness as Oxfam plans exit from 18 countries

May. 21, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The decision by Oxfam International to close operations in 18 countries in response to the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic was met with shock and sadness Thursday across developing countries where the aid organization has often been helping the needy for decades....

Authorities: Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village, killing 20

May. 18, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists stormed a village just as people were preparing to break their Ramadan fast after sundown, killing at least 20 people in the first attack of its kind in northeastern Nigeria since the Muslim holy month began, authorities said Monday. Witnesses said fighters...

In this photo taken Friday, May 15, 2020, a follower of the Senegalese Mouride brotherhood, an order of Sufi Islam, films with his smartphone as he and others practice social distancing as they attend Muslim Friday prayers at West Africa's largest mosque the Massalikul Jinaan, in Dakar, Senegal. A growing number of mosques are reopening across West Africa even as confirmed coronavirus cases soar, as governments find it increasingly difficult to keep them closed during the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

As mosques reopen in West Africa, COVID-19 fears grow

May. 17, 2020 5:05 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — It’s been a Ramadan unlike any other for Abdourahmane Sall, far from the mosque during the Muslim holy month as coronavirus cases mount. With only a little over a week left, he decided joining thousands of others in tradition was worth the risk after authorities allowed prayers...