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Severe cyclone heading toward southern India; 4 dead

May. 16, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A severe cyclone is roaring in the Arabian Sea off southwestern India with winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour), already causing heavy rains and flooding that have killed at least four people, officials said Sunday. Cyclone...

Pope urges peace, unity during special Mass for Myanmar

May. 16, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for the people of Myanmar following the country’s military takeover, praying Sunday for peace, unity and for God to “set us free from evil’s power.” A few hundred people, many of them students and religious...

Hundreds of bodies found buried along Indian riverbanks

May. 16, 2021 04:28 AM EDT

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they were the remains of COVID-19 victims. ...

Afghan cease-fire ends amid calls for fresh peace talks

May. 16, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A three-day cease-fire marked by violent attacks — most claimed by the Islamic State group — ended Sunday in Afghanistan amid calls for renewed peace talks between the government and Taliban. Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said...

Myanmar junta attacks western town that resisted coup

May. 16, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Myanmar expressed concern about reports of fierce government attacks on a town in western Chin state, where the ruling junta declared martial law because of armed resistance to military rule. The fighting began around 6...

The Latest: China calls for UN council action, slams US

May. 15, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers amid the latest escalation in the Middle East: ___ BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early...

The Latest: Florida's amusement parks loosen mask wearing

May. 15, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation. Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting face mask policies after the...

UK races to test, vaccinate as virus variant threatens plans

May. 15, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British health workers, aided by the army, distributed coronavirus tests door-to-door Saturday in two towns in northern England, seeking to contain a fast-spreading variant that threatens plans to lift all lockdown restrictions next month. Cases of a...

Soldiers who perished on secret mission are memorialized

May. 15, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly 60 years ago, dozens of soldiers assembled for a top secret mission to Vietnam, three years before President Lyndon Johnson officially sent U.S. combat troops to the country. They never made it. Their airplane disappeared between Guam and...

Myanmar frees Japanese journalist as gesture to Tokyo

May. 15, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An arrested Japanese reporter returned home Friday after being released by Myanmar's ruling junta in what it called a gesture of friendship to Japan. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Yuki Kitazumi was released after efforts by Japanese...