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Sikh kitchens feed New Delhi’s masses in virus lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) — At first, the kitchen at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara cooked 40,000 meals each day for the hungry who live on the streets of India's capital city, or who have lost their livelihoods to the coronavirus lockdown. But the need was greater than that. So workers at the golden-domed ...

These coronavirus ‘carriers’ take test samples around London

LONDON (AP) — Ben Gee carries the coronavirus all over London. A bicycle courier, Gee zips from the city's hospitals and clinics with medical samples of the virus, taking them to laboratories for processing. Gee faces a two-fold fear: exposure to the coronavirus and whether he will have a ...

Study: Philippines a global hot spot for online child abuse

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S. official said Thursday. A new study released by the Washington-based ...

U.S. envoy working to resuscitate flagging Afghan peace deal

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first visit to Kabul by Washington's peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement comes amid increased violence blamed mostly on an Islamic State affiliate that has been targeted in stepped-up U.S. ...

Taiwan President Tsai calls for stability in China relations

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for stability in relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday but said she would not accept Beijing's political terms that would "downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo." Reelected by a landslide ...

Virus looms over China’s national legislative session

BEIJING (AP) — When China convenes its National People's Congress on Friday, will the 3,000 delegates stand shoulder to shoulder as they have in years past? Will they wear masks? This year's version of China's biggest annual political meeting will be unlike any other. Delayed from March ...

Croatian president sets parliamentary vote for July 5

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's President Zoran Milanovic on Wednesday scheduled a parliamentary election in the European Union nation for July 5. Milanovic formally set the date for the ballot after Croatia's lawmakers voted earlier this week to dissolve parliament. The Balkan country of ...

Singapore sentences drug suspect to death on Zoom

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore has sentenced a drug suspect to death on the popular videoconferencing app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, in a move slammed by a human rights group as callous and inhumane. Defense lawyer Peter Fernando said the Supreme Court ...

Serbia-Montenegro tensions escalate amid church dispute

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 ...

Burundi holds crucial presidential election amid pandemic

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A crucial election was underway Wednesday in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after a divisive 15-year rule but will remain "paramount leader" in the country that continues to reject outside scrutiny. The vote is ...

UK lawmakers say testing lapses increased nursing home toll

LONDON (AP) — An influential group of British lawmakers on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government of failing to conduct enough tests for the new coronavirus, saying the lapse helped COVID-19 cut a deadly swath through U.K. nursing homes. As official statistics revealed ...

An antidote to coronavirus blues? A Picasso on your wall

LE PECQ, France (AP) — How's this as an antidote for coronavirus blues: A genuine painting by Pablo Picasso on your wall. After an eight-week delay caused by France's COVID-19 lockdown, the Christie's auction house in Paris is hosting a raffle draw Wednesday for "Nature Morte," an oil on ...

Song critical of Polish leader disappears from hit chart

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A song took aim at an alleged abuse of power by Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. It rose to the top of the chart of a public radio station. Then it disappeared. The public broadcaster is now accused of censorship. The scandal, which has been a top issue ...

India and Bangladesh brace for strong cyclone

NEW DELHI (AP) — A strong cyclone was moving toward India and Bangladesh on Tuesday as authorities tried to evacuate millions of people while maintaining social distancing. Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, and forecasters warned of extensive damage from ...

‘Get Out! Move!’ Belgium relaxes lockdown for lazier nation

By RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is taking the next step in its relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday and is also telling people: get up! Schools are opening up to more students, markets are setting up again and museums are the reopening their doors. And the ...

Italy opens churches as virus rules dictate how to eat, pray

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy and the Vatican opened a new phase in the virus crisis Monday, with churches resuming public Masses after a sharp confrontation between the Italian church and state over limits on worshipping in the era of COVID-19. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperature of the ...

Taliban suicide bomber kills 9 troops in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a stolen military Humvee targeted a base in eastern Afghanistan belonging to the country's intelligence service early on Monday, killing at least nine members of the force, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the ...

St John Paul II honored as Poland sees new abuse allegations

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth Monday with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself confronted by new allegations of clerical sex abuse. From the small town of ...

Some traffic returns to roads as India eases virus lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) — People trickled outdoors and thin traffic returned to roads in some Indian states on Monday, a day after the federal government extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions to restore economic activity. Small shops and other businesses ...

Albanian protesters, police clash over theater demolition

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police clashed Sunday with opposition supporters who were protesting the demolition of the country's National Theater building in the capital. Police pulled a group of artists and some opposition leaders away from the building in Tirana early in the morning ...