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People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

In this photo taken on Thursday, May 28, 2020, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church priest, Father Yaroslav Rokhman wearing protective gear to protect against coronavirus, poses for a photo at a hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.  Rokhman, a priest in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is pleased to be able to return to performing one of a cleric's most heartfelt duties. As the coronavirus pandemic's grip on Ukraine slowly recedes, priests received permission on May 22 to again hold services and visit the sick. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

With masks and gloves, Ukraine's priests return to duties

May. 31, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

IVANO-FRANKIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Wearing a white biohazard suit, a face shield and a blue mask over his mouth and nose, the Rev. Yaroslav Rokhman is hard to recognize as a priest when he visits terminally ill patients at a Ukrainian care center. But his words still bring comfort to the dying. Rokhman, a...

A view of a ''wall' set in front of Istanbul's 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the main cathedral of the Byzantine Empire which was converted into a mosque with the Ottoman conquest of the city, then known as Constantinople, in 1453, that was to be used as a set for the celebrations to mark the 567th anniversary of the conquest in Istanbul, Friday, May 29, 2020.  A Muslim cleric recited the

Turkey reopens some mosques, prayers held in ex-cathedral

May. 29, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshipers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques under an easing of pandemic restrictions. Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated by video conference in events to mark the 567th anniversary of the...

In this Sunday, May 24, 2020, photo, a Greek Orthodox priest distributes Holy Communion during Sunday Mass in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, using the traditional method of a shared spoon. Contrary to science, the Greek Orthodox Church and its followers insist it is impossible for any disease, including the coronavirus, to be transmitted through Holy Communion. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Communion unchanged in Greek Orthodox Church despite virus

May. 29, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — One by one, the children and adults line up for the centuries-old ritual of Holy Communion, trying to keep a proper social distance. The priest dips a spoon into the chalice of bread and wine, which the faithful believe is the body and blood of Christ, and puts it into the mouth of...

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Thiago do Nascimento, right, and Keilla de Almeida kiss during their drive-thru wedding at the registry office in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Couples have begun turning to this unconventional union at a notary in Santa Cruz since the COVID-19 started battering Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 29, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into deep recession. Europe’s extensive social welfare net is showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus. The Spanish...

Orthodox worshipers, a few wearing masks for protection against the COVID-19 virus, spread around an open archaeological site outside the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, which includes ruins dating as far back as the Roman Empire, hold candles during a religious service in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Romanian Orthodox Archbishop Teodosie rescheduled the Orthodox Easter service, which was to be held in mid-April, to offer worshippers an opportunity to celebrate Easter properly after the cancelling of the original April 19 service due to the national lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

AP PHOTOS: Romanian port city marks Easter late due to virus

May. 28, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea. Wanting to give worshippers the opportunity to take part in what is considered to be the most important Christian celebration, Romanian Orthodox Archbishop...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, a Montenegrin army helicopter flies near Montenegro Airlines Embraer E195LR sits on the tarmac at the Golubovci airport, near Podgorica, Montenegro.  Serbia's authorities Wednesday May 27, 2020, have banned Montenegro's national carrier from operating flights from Belgrade after the small Adriatic state excluded Serbian citizens from a list of countries with which it will reopen its borders after declaring an end to the coronavirus epidemic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia bans Montenegro flights amid escalating tensions

May. 27, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities have banned Montenegro’s national carrier from operating flights out of Belgrade after the small nation's government excluded Serbia from a list of countries with which Montenegro will reopen its borders after declaring an end to its coronavirus outbreak....

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Jan. 17, 2020,  Montengro's old flag is waved during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia. Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus infection, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia,  drawing angry reaction from Serbian officials Tuesday May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, FILE)

Serbia criticizes Montenegro for keeping border ban on Serbs

May. 26, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia — drawing angry reaction Tuesday from Serbian officials. Montenegro’s prime minister...

A man holds an icon during a protest after arrest of Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia-Montenegro tensions escalate amid church dispute

May. 20, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president has pledged to protect Serbs in Montenegro who he says are threatened by the possible formation of an independent Orthodox Church in the small state, as tensions escalated between the two former Balkan allies. President Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting...

A woman holds an icon during a protest after arrest of the Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 14, 2020.  Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serb church priests freed from detention in Montenegro

May. 15, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegrin prosecutor on Friday released from detention a Serbian Orthodox Church bishop and eight priests whose arrest sparked protests and clashes with police. The priests were detained three days earlier after they led a service that was attended by few thousand people...