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An elderly man eats a hamburger that was donated by Emiliano Moscoso in a boarding house in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, March 30, 2020. Moscoso recently launched a program called

A 'Solidarity Menu' for poor Colombians, migrant Venezuelans

Apr. 1, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

Emiliano Moscoso fights back tears. Moscoso’s chain of brightly colored restaurants, Sierra Nevada, serves hamburgers and milkshakes in Colombia’s capital of Bogota. In the poorer districts of that same city, a rising number of people are going hungry because they have lost their livelihoods in the...

A Hindu woman wearing a mask shops for religious items on the eve of the Hindu festival Navratri in Prayagraj, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a total lockdown of the country of 1.3 billion people to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

Apr. 1, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she says...

In this March 29, 2020 photo, the Rev. Steven Paulikas, rector at All Saints Episcopal Church, delivers an evening prayer service over Facebook Live in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is upending the season's major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across faiths to improvise. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)

Virus forces religions to improvise, isolate for holidays

Mar. 31, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, MD. (AP) — The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to finding new ways to live out their beliefs in a time of social distancing and empty houses of worship. ...

Timothy Spell, father of Pastor Tony Spell, talks to reporters after services at the Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La., Sunday, March 29, 2020. Tony Spell has defied a shelter-in-place order by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, and continues to hold church services with hundreds of congregants. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Churchgoers flock to hear Louisiana pastor despite virus ban

Apr. 1, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CENTRAL, La. (AP) — Buses and cars filled a Louisiana church parking lot for another service Tuesday evening as worshippers flocked to hear a Louisiana pastor who is facing misdemeanor charges for holding services despite a ban on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. A few protesters turned out, too,...

Muslims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Few worshippers were allowed to enter after dawn prayers to circumambulate the Kaaba over fears of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus

Apr. 1, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior Saudi official Wednesday urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year — comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In February, the kingdom took the...

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Police remove foreign migrants from the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town, Sourth Africa, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The migrants, who had been sheltering there for months, refused to leave the church and had previously demanded that South Africa relocate them to other countries, including the United States and Canada, because they had been victims of xenophobic threats in South Africa last year. (AP Photo)

South African cops storm Cape Town church to expel migrants

Apr. 2, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police wearing riot gear forced their way into a church in central Cape Town on Thursday to remove hundreds of foreign migrants who had been sheltering there for months. The operation at the Central Methodist Church was aimed at ending a long standoff between...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2019 file photo, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament said Thursday, April 2, 2020 that speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

Apr. 2, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the coronavirus, the country's highest-ranking government figure yet to catch the disease, while in Israel, several top officials entered quarantine when the health minister tested positive on Thursday. Iran's parliament announced Ali...

A staffer delivers a medical oxygen tank to coronavirus patients who are being treated at home, in Bergamo, one of the areas worst affected by the virus, Northern Italy, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Italy reports 760 more deaths from virus

Apr. 2, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Italy adds 760 to death toll as new infections continue...

Two in Delaware cited for violating ban on group gatherings

Apr. 2, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware have cited two people for violating state prohibitions on gatherings because of the coronavirus. Police were called to an apartment in Newark shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday regarding a complaint about loud music. Officers found 18 people in the apartment, in addition...

Rabbi who spied on women taking ritual baths released

Apr. 2, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped nude women at a Jewish ritual bath in Washington was released early from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bernard Freundel got released Wednesday, 551 days earlier than his original sentence, news outlets reported. His sentence...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia's highest court will deliver its ruling on April 7, 2020 on whether to overturn the convictions of Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse. The 78-year-old Pell is one year into a six-year sentence for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral while he was the city’s archbishop in the late 1990s. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Australia's highest court to rule on Pell's appeal next week

Apr. 2, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court will deliver its ruling next week on whether to overturn the convictions of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse. The 78-year-old Pell is one year into a six-year sentence for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in...

A Hindu woman wearing a mask shops for religious items on the eve of the Hindu festival Navratri in Prayagraj, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a total lockdown of the country of 1.3 billion people to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

Apr. 1, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she says...

Dr. Sherry Yu demonstrates a free-standing booth for COVID-19 testing, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. The isolation booths were created by a collaboration of the hospital's clinical leaders and engineering team, inspired by a South Korean research design. The booths separate clinicians from patients, protect front line providers, and reduce the need for personal protective equipment. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

2nd Massachusetts veterans home reports COVID-19 deaths

Apr. 1, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two residents of another veterans care center in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19, officials said Wednesday. The confirmation of the deaths at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home come as state officials reported the deaths of 15 residents, at least six of which are coronavirus-related, at the...

Court upholds ex-college president's bribery plot conviction

Apr. 1, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of the former president of a private Christian college in northwestern Arkansas who pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme involving state legislators. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit on Tuesday upheld the three-year...