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A Hindu priest wearing a face shield applies vermilion paste on the forehead of a child during Durga Puja festival in Gauhati, India, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Weeks after India fully opened up from a harsh lockdown and began to modestly turn a corner by cutting new infections by near half, a Hindu festival season is raising fears that the disease could spoil the hard-won gains. Health experts worry the festivals can set off a whole new cascade of infections, further testing and straining India’s battered health care system. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

India's festive season spawns fears of renewed virus surge

Oct. 25, 2020 3:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Just weeks after India fully opened up from a harsh lockdown and began to modestly turn a corner by cutting new coronavirus infections by near half, a Hindu festival season is raising fears that a fresh surge could spoil the hard-won gains. “I’d be very worried about what we...

Serbian police officers guard the street during a protest against a festival ''Mirdita-Dobar Dan'' organized by liberal groups from Serbia and Kosovo, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Serbian police prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in the past weeks broke into a cartoon exhibition and threatened artists in a theatre play about the 1995 killings in Srebrenica. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

Oct. 22, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play.. Riot police deployed around the venue in central...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty in Columbia, S.C.  Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so organizers devised a drive-thru version that was held Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday in Columbia.  (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Funnel cakes to go: Drive-thru fair draws thousands in SC

Oct. 22, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates, speaks to The Associated Press in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The chair of Britain's Hay literary festival said Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, that the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival's curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Sheikh Nahyan while working with him. When asked about the allegation by the AP, the UAE's Foreign Ministry said it does not comment on personal matters. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

Oct. 21, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him. Lawyers for the minister...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

This image shows a party game focused on Latino pop culture. the Tragos Stay Home Pack and includes such activities as showing off your best moves to Bad Bunny’s Yo Perreo Sola dance and taking your best shot at duplicating Cardi B’s coronavirus howl. Half the proceeds of the set go to The Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund. Available on TragosGame.com. Options in Spanish and English, both digital and in a box, are now widely available.(Tragos Games LLC via AP)

Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

Oct. 19, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available. A sampling: TRAGOS: It's a party card game focused on Latino pop culture that comes in a...

In this 2020 photo provided by Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, artist Simone Leigh poses for a photo at Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia. Leigh will be the first Black woman ever to represent the U.S. at Italy's prestigious Venice Biennale arts festival to be held in 2022. (Shaniqwa Jarvis/Simone Leigh and Hauser & Wirth via AP)

Sculptor will be 1st Black woman to represent US at Biennale

Oct. 14, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

Simone Leigh is renowned for creating artworks that transcend race and gender to celebrate Black women and give them a voice. Now she's sculpting her way into history. She'll be the first Black woman ever to represent the U.S. at the prestigious Venice Biennale arts festival, the State Department's Bureau of...

A smaller crowd, due to seating restrictions, mingles outside the Cotton Bowl prior to an NCAA college football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma, in Dallas Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

No fair, few fans: Texas, OU play on despite different feel

Oct. 10, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Robert Stark and his son-in-law, Tyler Wanek, dressed in their normal orange-and-white striped overalls for this most unusual version of the Red River rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. They just weren't getting their typical requests for photos with OU fans who like to do the “Horns...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma defensive lineman Neville Gallimore (90) waves an OU flag after his team's 34-27 victory over Texas in an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Texas and Oklahoma college football matchup will be a different game-day atmosphere this year with small crowds, no State Fair, a few food vendors, masks and social distancing. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

Texas-Oklahoma won't look or feel the same in 2020

Oct. 9, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

Tim Taylor's plans for the Texas-Oklahoma game have changed. Instead of enjoying a long weekend with old friends as he has for decades, he’ll make the trip from Austin in one day, bringing a mask and plenty of hand sanitizer. The border rivalry that brings droves of Sooner and Longhorn fans to Dallas for a...

Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk in a market in Jammu, India, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. India is the world's second most coronavirus affected country after the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka orders closures to contain virus

Oct. 9, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health authorities worked Friday to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and spas. The Indian Ocean island nation over the weekend reported its first locally transmitted infection in more...