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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, speaks during a press conference at prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, March 16, 2020. From March 18 till March 31, all business and religious activities in the country will be suspended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo)

Malaysia closes borders, shuts most businesses in lockdown

Mar. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader announced on Monday a drastic two-week lockdown in the country to slow the spread of the new coronavirus following a sharp spike in the number of cases. Prime Minister Muhyiddini Yassin said all religious institutions, schools, businesses and government...

A gloved grocery shopper is dismayed over empty shelves at a local Ralphs supermarket in an attempt to stock up on supplies, Friday, March 13, 2020, in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles. Officials said Friday the  Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego school districts will close starting March 16 because of the coronavirus threat. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LA, San Diego, Oakland join California school closings

Mar. 13, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's largest school districts announced weeks-long closures, religious faithful were urged to watch services online and just about any event that could attract even a modest crowd was canceled or postponed as the state moved broadly Friday to slow the spread of coronavirus. The...

Judge rules religious order can expand Illinois operations

Mar. 8, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

MARENGO, Ill. (AP) — A traditional Catholic religious order received the go-ahead to build a boarding school, nursing home, gift shop, brewery and winery in northern Illinois despite objections from some local officials and residents. U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain Johnston approved a consent decree between...

Kentucky school district removes Bible verse display

Mar. 5, 2020 10:22 AM EST

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky school district has removed a Bible verse from an athletic locker room after receiving a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The decision came after the organization sent a letter to the district stating that the message violated the Constitution, Letcher...

People sit a recommended distance apart from each other during the presentation of the new FIAT 500 electric n Milan, Italy, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Countries are taking drastic and increasingly visible measures to curb the new coronavirus that first emerged in China and was spreading quickly through Europe, the Mideast and the Americas. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

In Italy and beyond, virus outbreak reshapes work and play

Mar. 4, 2020 8:34 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy closed all schools and universities and barred fans from all sporting events for the next few weeks, as governments trying to curb the spread of the coronavirus around the world resorted to increasingly sweeping measures that transformed the way people work, shop, pray and amuse...

A man wearing face mask walks at the Yaba Mainland hospital where an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan on a business trip,  the first case of the COVID-19 virus is being treated in Lagos Nigeria Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Nigeria's health authorities have reported the country's first case of a new coronavirus in Lagos, the first confirmed appearance of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

What's happening: Virus fears hit Africa, markets, schools

Feb. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Amusement parks, sporting events, religious gatherings, reality TV shows, even schools. More and more of daily life in a growing swath of the world is being affected by the new coronavirus. And that's messing with global financial markets as basic business, trade and tourism suffers from the...

Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Barr, DeVos speak at religious broadcasters forum

Feb. 27, 2020 7:11 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned a group of Christian broadcasters on Wednesday that the decline of religion in America is undermining liberal democracy. In a speech at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee, Barr said religion is necessary to provide...

Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Correction: Barr-Religious Broadcasters story

Feb. 27, 2020 6:30 PM EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Feb. 26, 2020, about the National Religious Broadcasters convention), The Associated Press erroneously reported that attorney Jay Sekulow was scheduled to appear on a panel with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Sekulow was scheduled to speak separately after DeVos.

Runner disqualified over hijab inspires new Ohio legislation

Feb. 27, 2020 9:59 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new legislative proposal to help protect student-athletes' religious expression was inspired by an Ohio teen disqualified from a cross-country race last fall because she was wearing a hijab without a required waiver, the lawmaker sponsoring the bill said. The bill introduced...

Performers from the Grande Rio samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio Carnival schools make plea for end of religious abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 12:41 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the Grande Rio Samba school rolled its Carnival float onto Rio de Janeiro's parade grounds, people aboard unfurled a massive fan-shaped banner reading “RESPECT MY AXÉ” to the roaring crowd. Axé is the vital cosmic force in the Afro-Brazilian religion...