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Muslims in India, Bangladesh celebrate Eid subdued by virus

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 12:53am

Muslims in India and Bangladesh joined prayers to celebrate a subdued Eid-al Fitr on Monday, marking the end of the Ramadan holy month by seeking blessings for a world free from coronavirus.

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

Mariam Fam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:46pm

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom.

Turkey confirms 32 deaths, 1,141 new COVID-19 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:38am

Turkey’s health minister on Sunday announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 4,340.

Construction to proceed on church's Layton temple after 'small-scale groundbreaking'

Sean Walker,  |  Posted May 24th - 10:08am

Construction can now begin on the newest temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Davis County.

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:36am

Fiji’s national airline says it is laying off more than 750 staff, representing about half of its total workforce, as it struggles for survival.

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

Joseph Krauss and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:39pm

Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.

Erdogan, Trump reiterate solidarity against COVID-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:05am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Saturday on the phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, bilateral relations and regional developments.

Trump declares churches 'essential,' calls on them to reopen

Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:28pm

President Donald Trump has labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.

Reruns of religious dramas comfort Indians in dire times

Vineeta Deepak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:17pm

Staying home under lockdown as they wait for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to pass, millions of Indians are turning to their gods. Not in prayer rooms, but on TV.

US warns Los Angeles stay-at-home extension could be illegal

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:12pm

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday warned the mayor of Los Angeles and the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful.

New England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom Brady

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:57pm

A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trump’s urging stokes furor in debate over in-person worship

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:32pm

President Donald Trump’s declaration that religious services should be “essential” comes at a precarious point in the national balancing act that pits the call of worship against the risk of coronavirus.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:40am

all of which will be largely prohibited as authorities try to prevent new outbreaks. The holiday marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

In reversal, White House tells CDC to post church guidance

Zeke Miller and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 3:45pm

After refusing for weeks to release reopening guidance for churches, the Trump administration on Thursday abruptly changed course — with the president saying he had instructed health officials to put the advice out.

Sheriff: Deputy shot armed man who disrupted church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:10pm

A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday, authorities said.

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 3:35pm

The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:20am

New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but surged in India. And they overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America, both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. Infections were also linked to a reopened restaurant and church in Germany. The pandemic’s persistence is frustrating authorities struggling to keep people safe and revive their economies. It is disrupting the Memorial Day weekend in the United States and collective celebrations around the Muslim world marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In countries with weak health care systems and impoverished populations, fighting the virus is increasingly difficult.

Turkey jails politician over videos of song from mosques

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:03am

Authorities in Turkey's western city of Izmir have detained an opposition politician after she shared videos of an Italian anti-fascist song being blared out of mosques' loudspeakers instead of the call to prayer, the country’s state-run agency reported Friday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:58am

A passenger plane has crashed in a crowded neighborhood on the edge of the international airport near Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. Karachi's mayor said all 107 passengers and crew died, but Pakistani civil aviation officials say at least two people survived the crash. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. Local TV stations ran footage of a man on a stretcher who they said had survived the crash. Pakistan had just recently resumed domestic flights ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr following weeks of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.