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Israel to give Gaza Christians permits for Christmas holiday

Nov. 24, 2021 13:56 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday said they would permit 500 members of the Gaza Strip's tiny Christian community to enter Israel and the occupied West Bank to celebrate Christmas. Israel has in the past allowed Gazans to exit the blockaded territory for...

Christmas in Bethlehem: Gilded treasures, but few tourists

Nov. 19, 2021 07:44 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Ahead of Christmas, a towering wooden screen — once blackened with soot from millions of worshippers' candles — is being restored to its gilded glory in the Church of the Nativity, built at the site where many believe Jesus was born. But...

'You can't even cry loudly': Counting Ethiopia's war dead

Nov. 15, 2021 06:33 AM EST

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — The man who counts the dead sees them everywhere. They’re in the handwritten lists of names smuggled out of a region cut off from the world by war. They’re in the images of people shot and tossed off a cliff, tortured and pushed into a...

Ruggs lawyers: Witness says firefighting slow in fatal crash

Nov. 11, 2021 19:49 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A witness said firefighters were slow to extinguish a vehicle fire sparked by a deadly crash that authorities blame on former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, his lawyers say in a court filing. Ruggs, 22, is accused of causing the pre-dawn crash...

Orthodox patriarch leaves hospital, set to return to Turkey

Nov. 05, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians was released from a New York hospital on Friday and was expected to fly home to Turkey on Sunday after the completion of a U.S. visit that was extended for a medical procedure. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of...

Greek Church urges faithful to get vaccinated as cases spike

Nov. 04, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s powerful Orthodox Church Thursday urged members of its congregations to attend services with vaccination or test certificates, as the country's daily number of confirmed new infections hit a record high for the second time in a few days. ...

Orthodox patriarch 'recovering well' in New York hospital

Nov. 04, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians was recovering well in a New York hospital Thursday after a medical procedure delayed his return home to Turkey at the end of a U.S. visit, according to a doctor who treated him. Ecumenical Patriarch...

Orthodox patriarch hospitalized after stent procedure

Nov. 03, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians was staying overnight in a New York City hospital after having a stent placement Wednesday afternoon at the conclusion of his U.S. visit, according to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. ...

Orthodox patriarch blesses shrine near 9/11 memorial

Nov. 02, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

The spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians gave his formal blessing Tuesday to an ornate shrine that will replace a small parish church destroyed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Oct. 28, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe. His view changed after the friend...