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Dan Stastny, a pilot of a small sport plane, displays a snorkeling mask, modified to be a protection respirator for medical staff, that he will transport from a small Prague airport to a hospital in Ostrava some 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) east of Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Over 300 pilots in the Czech Republic have joined forces in a group of volunteers who use their private planes to distribute medical equipment all across the country. The

The Latest: 300 pilots form help group in Czech Republic

Apr. 5, 2020 7:07 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: — More than 300 pilots in the Czech Republic to use their...

Malaysia detains boatload of 202 Rohingya refugees

Apr. 5, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said they have arrested a boatload of 202 people believed to be minority Muslim Rohingya refugees after their boat was found adrift Sunday morning near the northern resort island of Langkawi. A Northern District maritime official, Capt. Zulinda Ramly,...

FILE- In this Aug.14, 2018 file photo, an Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a search operation in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Nine rebels and three Indian soldiers were killed in two gun-battles in disputed Kashmir, an Indian army official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, File)

9 rebels, 3 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir fighting

Apr. 5, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Nine rebels and three Indian soldiers were killed in a pair of gunbattles in disputed Kashmir, an Indian army official said Sunday. Indian soldiers killed five suspected militants along the highly militarized de facto front line in Keran sector on Sunday as an armed group of...

The Rev. Michael Amadeo, left, gives Holy Communion during the broadcast and recording of the Palm Sunday Mass at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church for parishioners to watch online Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Ankeny, Iowa. Sunday Masses continue to be available online in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

US braces for more virus deaths; Europe hopes crisis peaking

Apr. 5, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. warned of many more coronavirus deaths in the days ahead as the global pandemic muted traditional observances from family grave-cleaning ceremonies in China to Palm Sunday for many Christians. Italy and Spain, the two hardest-hit European nations, expressed hope that the crisis was...

A family burn paper offerings for their departed relatives on the streets of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Authorities are controlling access and limiting the number of people entering cemeteries across China during the annual Qingming festival, also known as the Grave Sweeping Day, a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings, a move to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Nearly 3,000 released from Sri Lanka prisons

Apr. 4, 2020 11:18 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: , — China reports 30 new coronavirus cases, mostly from new...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 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: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

Police officers restrict a rickshaw driver defying the nation-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Friday, March, 3, 2020. (Some mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Apr. 3, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, when Muslims gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to...

Man accused of killing US journalist to stay in prison

Apr. 3, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani provincial government Friday ordered a British Pakistani man whose conviction in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist was overturned to remain in custody for three months. The Superintendent of Karachi's Central Prison, Hasan Sehtoo, said he received an...

Stranded foreign tourists cut vegetables to make a meal at a hostel in New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Dozens of tourists from Britain, Canada and Australia are finding themselves stranded in the Indian capital with their vacations abruptly ended by India’s three-week lockdown and stopping of international flights amid new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)

'Desperate' tourists stranded by India lockdown told to wait

Apr. 3, 2020 2:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tourists stranded in India after their vacations were abruptly ended by India’s coronavirus lockdown and grounded flights are running out of money and hoping their embassies can help them get home. British tourist Emma Snashford said she and her friend had been kicked out of their...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 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: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...