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This May 22, 2020 photo shows the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan in Deulbari village, in South 24 Parganas district in the Sundarbans, West Bengal state, India. The cyclone that struck India and Bangladesh last month passed through the Sundarbans, devastating the islands that are home to one of the world’s largest mangrove forests and is a UNESCO world heritage site. (Samrat Paul via AP)

Sundarbans devastated by cyclone, as virus halts migration

Jun. 2, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The powerful cyclone that struck India and Bangladesh last month passed through the vast mangrove forests of the Sundarban delta, a UNESCO world heritage site. The mangroves dissipated some of Cyclone Amphan's energy, shielding densely populated cities like Kolkata. But the storm's impact...

Arun Saiju of the RNA-16 volunteer group speaks on a phone inside his makeshift shelter during lockdown at a hospital in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. RNA-16 stands for “Rescue and Awareness” and the 16 kinds of disasters they have prepared to deal with, from Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake to road accidents. But the unique services of this group of three men and a woman in signature blue vests in the epidemic amount to a much greater sacrifice, said doctors, hospital officials and civic leaders. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal volunteers become local heroes during virus pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (AP) — When the new mother died in the hospital last month — the first person to succumb to COVID-19 in Nepal — her days-old baby was moved to an isolation ward. But the woman’s body remained. Ambulance drivers and hospital workers, fearful of the contagion, refused...

A view of a ''wall' set in front of Istanbul's 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the main cathedral of the Byzantine Empire which was converted into a mosque with the Ottoman conquest of the city, then known as Constantinople, in 1453, that was to be used as a set for the celebrations to mark the 567th anniversary of the conquest in Istanbul, Friday, May 29, 2020.  A Muslim cleric recited the

Turkey reopens some mosques, prayers held in ex-cathedral

May. 29, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshipers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques under an easing of pandemic restrictions. Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated by video conference in events to mark the 567th anniversary of the...

Gianni De Zuccato a well-preserved colorful mosaic floor of an ancient Roman villa archaeologists have revealed among vineyards near the northern city of Verona, Italy. The official in charge of archaeology Verona province, Gianni De Zuccato, on Friday, May 29,2020, said the mosaics appeared to be ‘’in a good state of conservation,’’ from what they are able to observe after gingerly digging a trench between vineyards in the hills of Valpolicella, known for its full-bodied red wine. (Soprintendenza ABAP Verona via AP)

Well-preserved Roman mosaic unearthed in Italian vineyard

May. 29, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Archaeologists have briefly revealed a well-preserved mosaic floor of an ancient Roman villa first discovered almost a century ago near the northern Italian city of Verona. The mosaic in bright shades of red, pink, orange, purple and yellow appeared to be ‘’in a good...

Fast-moving fire destroys historic church in Pennsylvania

May. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania church that had recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places was destroyed Thursday when a fast-moving fire roared through the building, authorities said. Dozens of firefighters responded around 2:30 a.m. to the former Third Presbyterian Church in...

Florida river dying for freshwater, needs emergency help

May. 18, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — Water officials in South Florida say the region's only nationally-recognized wild and scenic river is being poisoned by a lack of fresh water as dry conditions allow the ocean to sour the unique ecosystem. The Palm Beach Post reported that Albrey Arrington, executive director of the...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept.22, 2018, file photo, Northern Illinois quarterback Marcus Childers is sacked by Florida State's Marvin Wilson (21), Fredrick Jones (55) and Dontavious Jackson during an NCAA college football game, in Tallahassee Fla. The road trip to Tallahassee came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Bye buy games? G5 could lose millions in Power 5 payouts

May. 16, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

In 2018, with his school facing the possibility of cutting staff to make up a huge shortfall in state funding, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier added a football game at Florida State to the Huskies' schedule. The road trip came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU. “Florida State, essentially,...

FILE - March 10, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee. But the process of making it official is anything but settled. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden campaign steps up hires despite money gap with Trump

May. 15, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will hire by June at least 600 field staffers dedicated to an “expanded map” of battleground states, his campaign manager said Friday, despite a continued financial gap with President Donald Trump’s reelection behemoth. Biden’s...

Activists call out US officials over virtual public meetings

May. 14, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was supposed to be a virtual public meeting focused on a review of a proposed plan that will govern oil and gas drilling and other development across a vast corner of northwestern New Mexico that is home to a national park and spots important to Native American tribes. Instead,...

This picture taken on May 2, 2020 and made available on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 by Suedtiroler Schuetzenbund, a group that rejects the legitimacy of Italian rule of the area that became part of Italy after World War II, shows writing with fire reading in German

Italy's South Tyrol invokes autonomy to pry open lockdown

May. 13, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BOLZANO, Italy (AP) — The blazing orange letters of fire spelled out a familiar message in Italy’s South Tyrol province, an old call to resistance repurposed for the days of the coronavirus: ‘’Los von Rom’’ and ‘’Freiheit,’’ German for...