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The Latest: All Ontario schools to shut down as virus surges

Apr. 12, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

TORONTO — All schools in Canada’s most populous province will be shut down and move to online learning because of a record number of coronavirus infections fueled by more contagious virus variants. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his government is moving schools to...

Pakistan police arrest radical Islamist party head in Lahore

Apr. 12, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan police Monday arrested the leader of a radical Islamist political party a day after he threatened the government with protests if it did not expel France's ambassador over depictions of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Lahore police chief...

Taliban not ready to meet Afghan govt in Turkey as US wants

Apr. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban spokesman said Monday the religious militia won’t attend a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, putting U.S. efforts to get a peace plan anytime soon in jeopardy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan

Apr. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For Ramadan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again. Last year, the coronavirus upended the 68-year-old Egyptian’s routine of going to the...

Lawyer: Pakistani court grants bail to human rights activist

Apr. 12, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court Monday granted bail to a civil rights activist and teacher more than two months after he was arrested on charges of terror financing and sedition, his lawyer said. Lawyer Fazal Elahi said he was preparing the papers for...

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

Apr. 12, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported infections since the pandemic began. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24 hours pushed India's total since the...

Small but quick: Bhutan vaccinates 93% of adults in 16 days

Apr. 12, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

THIMPU, Bhutan (AP) — When plotted on a graph, the curve of Bhutan’s COVID-19 vaccination drive shoots upwards from the very first day, crossing Israel, the United States, Bahrain and other countries known for vaccinating people rapidly. Those countries took months to...

Pakistan's iconic human rights defender I.A. Rehman dies

Apr. 12, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An iconic Pakistani human rights defender and journalist I.A. Rehman has died in the eastern city of Lahore after a brief illness, his family and friends said Monday. Rehman was 90. He spent his life defending human rights, opposing military dictators, fighting for...

Huge gatherings at India's Hindu festival as virus surges

Apr. 12, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees gathered by the Ganges River for special prayers Monday, many of them flouting social distancing practices as the coronavirus spreads in India with record speed. The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is one of the most...

5 rebels, ex-policeman killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Apr. 11, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces killed five suspected rebels in two gunfights in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including a teenager, police said Sunday. A former police officer was also killed by unknown gunmen in a separate attack in the disputed Himalayan region. ...