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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2020, file photo Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up

Nov. 29, 2020 8:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot. “Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson...

Rabbi attacked at knifepoint by woman assailant in Vienna

Nov. 27, 2020 4:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A rabbi was attacked at knifepoint in Vienna by a woman who ripped the Jewish skullcap from his head and yelled an anti-Semitic threat before fleeing, police in the Austrian capital said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon when the woman, described as about 50 years old and...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

Nov. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the...

The defendant Stephan Balliet, center, sits between his defense team Hans-Dieter Weber, left, and Thomas Rutkowski in the Regional Court in Magdeburg, Germany, Tuesday Nov. 2020, on the 20th day of the trial. The attack on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic assaults in Germany's post-war history. The defendant, Stephan Balliet, has is alleged to have posted a screed against Jews before trying to shoot his way into the synagogue on Oct. 9, 2019, while broadcasting the attack live on a popular gaming site. (Ronny Hartmann/dpa via AP)

German prosecutors seek life for Yom Kippur attacker

Nov. 18, 2020 12:41 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors called Wednesday for a court to impose a life sentence on a 28-year-old right-wing extremist who attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle last year, killing two people after he failed to gain entry to the building. The attack on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day,...

A flamenco dancer holds up her dancing shoes during a protest organised by dance associations against virus restrictions, in Barcelona, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, as Spain continue with new measures to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Shanghai quarantines 186 after case at airport

Nov. 9, 2020 9:53 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s financial hub of Shanghai have quarantined 186 people and conducted virus tests on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at the city’s main international airport tested positive for the coronavirus. The city government said on its microblog Tuesday that it...

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during an interview, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN chief urges global fight against pandemic and hatred

Nov. 9, 2020 9:36 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for a global fight on two fronts -- one against the coronavirus pandemic and the other against “the poison” of anti-Semitism and hatred of Muslims, migrants, refugees and many others. Even before the virus struck...

Rene de Reuver, speaking on behalf of the General Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, reads a statement at the Rav Aron Schuster Synagogue in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching confession of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II and even for the church's role in preparing

Dutch Protestant Church admits failing Jews in World War II

Nov. 8, 2020 1:46 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching recognition of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II, and for the church’s role in preparing ”the ground in which the seeds of anti-Semitism and hatred could...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2020 file photo, Senior Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress addresses attendees before Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas during a Celebrate Freedom Rally in Dallas. Jeffress’ church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Its leadership adopted a stringent anti-abortion stance nearly 40 years ago that remains in place. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Most US clergy avoid hellfire threats over abortion politics

Oct. 18, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

James Altman is a Roman Catholic priest in Wisconsin, little known outside his parish until a few weeks ago. Robert Jeffress is the high-profile pastor of a Baptist megachurch in Dallas. They have a message in common for members of their faiths: Voting for Democrats who support abortion rights is an evil...

FILE -This May 13, 2020 file photo shows AMC Empire 25 theatre in Times Square in New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced limited reopening of theaters outside the city area, allowing 25 percent capacity, or a max of 50 people per screen beginning Oct. 23. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Cuomo: Movie theaters in NY can open Friday, with limits

Oct. 17, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theaters in New York state can reopen beginning Oct. 23 with restrictions on audience size and other precautions in place, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. Theaters in New York City aren’t included, and counties must have a positivity rate below 2% on a 14-day average and have...