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Mrs. World gives up crown after onstage melee in Sri Lanka

Apr. 09, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The reigning Mrs. World on Friday relinquished her title while defending her decision to pull the crown off the head of this year's Mrs. Sri Lanka title holder, whom she claimed was unqualified to take part in the contest because she is divorced. ...

Reigning Mrs. World arrested over onstage melee in Sri Lanka

Apr. 08, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in Sri Lanka on Thursday arrested the reigning Mrs. World for pulling the crown off the head of the winner of a Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant and allegedly causing injuries. She was later released on bail. Caroline Jurie, who won the...

Asia Today: Philippines extends lockdown as infections spike

Apr. 05, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and started to overwhelm many hospitals in the capital and outlying regions. President Rodrigo Duterte...

UN: Increase in child migrants through dangerous Darien Gap

Mar. 29, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The number of child migrants passing through the perilous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama has risen dramatically, the U.N. child welfare agency said Monday. While underage migrants made up only about 2% of those using the jungle corridor in...

Top UN rights body approves greater scrutiny of Sri Lanka

Mar. 23, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted resolutions calling on the office of the U.N. human rights chief to step up its monitoring of the situation in Sri Lanka and urging Israel's government to ensure that Palestinian areas have “non-discriminatory” access to COVID-19...

Bus crash in central Sri Lanka kills 14 people, injures 31

Mar. 20, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A passenger bus plunged off a road in central Sri Lanka on Saturday, killing 14 people and injuring more than 30. Police said the bus fell off a precipice near the town of Passara, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) east of Colombo, its stated...

Sri Lanka to take time to consider proposed ban on burqa

Mar. 16, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government said Tuesday it would take time to consider a proposed ban on the wearing of burqas, which a top security official called a sign of religious extremism. Sri Lanka’s minister of public security, Sarath Weerasekara, said...

Concerns rise over Sri Lanka's move to ban burqas

Mar. 15, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Pakistani diplomat and a U.N. expert have expressed concerns over Sri Lanka’s proposed move to ban the wearing of burqas. Sri Lanka announced plans over the weekend to ban the wearing of burqas — garments worn by some Muslim women that...

The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations

Mar. 08, 2021 13:52 PM EST

LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Prime Minister Micheal Martin says the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It includes both first and second doses and comes 63 days...

The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

Mar. 07, 2021 16:55 PM EST

DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday. Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access. “Our vulnerable...