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Pope creates new expert commission to study women deacons

The Vatican says Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for men
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Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2020, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/pool/Alberto Pizzoli)
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UK govt tries to advance virus response with Johnson in ICU

Boris Johnson's spokesman says the British prime minister is “responding to treatment” but remains in intensive care with the new coronavirus
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Police officers stand outside St Thomas' Hospital in the background in central London, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care as his coronavirus symptoms persist, Wednesday April 8, 2020. Johnson has spent his second night in hospital intensive care. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
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Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

The Philippines has expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested what it says was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard ship in the disputed South China Sea
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FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, China is keeping up with military exercises around Taiwan at the northern edge of the South China Sea. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)
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Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus

The Saudi king has ordered the suspension of rulings and judicial orders regarding visitation rights of children of separated parents, the latest effort to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus among households
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FILE - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, people carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved families have faced traumatic restrictions on burying their dead amid the pandemic. Religion and customs that require speedy burials in the largely Muslim region have clashed with fears of COVID-19 contagion and government-mandated lockdowns. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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Passover in isolation dampens holiday mood in Israel

Israeli Jews have been forced to scale back or cancel beloved traditions and rituals marking the start of Passover, the holiday celebrating the Israelites’ freedom from Egyptian bondage
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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wears a face mask as children burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Jerusalem authorities have said they will gather the bread and burn it in a big bonfire in one location to avoid large gatherings. But, some in the Mea Shearim neighborhood shunned the orders. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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EU court: Poland chamber penalizing judges must be suspended

Europe's top court has ordered Poland's government to immediately suspend a new body set up to discipline judges, saying that the chamber did not guarantee impartiality
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Europe struggles to agree on economic response to virus

European governments are struggling to agree on how to help the region's hardest-hit countries weather the coronavirus recession
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German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, left, and German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrive to give a press conference on an aid package in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin, Monday April 6, 2020. Restrictions on civil liberties and social restrictions have been imposed in many countries as the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus sweeps the globe. (John Macdougall/Pool via AP)
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Supermoon shines through belltowers of Notre Dame Cathedral

The largest supermoon of the year lit up the famed Paris landmark, as the city is deserted amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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VIDEO:  Supermoon shines through belltowers of Notre Dame Cathedral
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Japan's state of emergency is no lockdown. What's in it?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a monthlong state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit prefectures to step up the fight against the coronavirus outbreak
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A statue of a Japanese Akita dog named "Hachiko" wearing a face mask is seen near Shibuya Station Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the new coronavirus. Hachiko has waited for his owner University of Tokyo Prof. Eizaburo Ueno at the same place by the station every afternoon, expecting him to return home for nearly 11 years even after Ueno's death at work. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Germany moves to make it easier to block foreign takeovers

Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation that will make it easier for authorities to prevent foreign takeovers of strategically important companies
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German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier makes a phone call prior to the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
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Masked crowds fill Wuhan's streets, trains as lockdown ends

The streets of Wuhan are clogged with traffic and long lines formed for mass transit as people left the central Chinese city for homes and jobs elsewhere
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Travelers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of new coronavirus stand at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by train and plane alone, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Fire at replica Prussian palace in Berlin quickly controlled

One person was injured after a fire broke outat a replica of a Prussian palace being rebuilt on the city’s historic Unter den Linden boulevard, which was brought quickly under control
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Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 civilians in country's north

An Afghan official says a Taliban attack in northern Balkh province the previous day killed seven civilians
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Children look out from the window of their house during a lockdown to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Explosion on road in southeast Turkey kills 5

Officials say an improvised explosive device went off on a road in southeast Turkey, killing five forestry workers traveling to work
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27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?

The leader of the remote Solomon Islands says 27 people are dead after being washed overboard from a packed ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation
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In this April 8, 2020, photo supplied by World Vision, a house is damaged from Cyclone Harold on the island of Santo in Vanuatu. New Zealand announced Wednesday, April 8, 2020 it would help Vanuatu rebuild from the cyclone with aid of up to 500,000 New Zealand dollars ($300,000). Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Cyclone Harold had destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops. (World Vision via AP)
April 8, 2020, 7:33 AM

Outbreak poses dilemma for Palestinians working in Israel

The coronavirus outbreak poses a dilemma for tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers working inside Israel who can no longer travel back and forth from their homes in the occupied West Bank
April 8, 2020, 7:33 AM
In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 photo, a paramedic from the Palestinian Ministry of Health disinfects Palestinian laborers to help contain the coronavirus, as they exit an Israeli army checkpoint after returning from work in Israel, near the West Bank village of Nilin, west of Ramallah. The virus outbreak poses a major dilemma for tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers working inside Israel who can no longer freely travel back and forth. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
April 8, 2020, 4:11 AM

China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak

A prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being investigated on suspicion of a “severe violation of discipline and law.”
April 8, 2020, 4:11 AM
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang poses for a photo in his office in Beijing. Ren, a prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being investigated on suspicion of a “severe violation of discipline and law,” a joint government-party watchdog said. (Color China Photo via AP, File)
April 8, 2020, 3:25 AM

China's virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

The last restrictions on movement have been lifted in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began
April 8, 2020, 3:25 AM
A couple walks past a passenger jet converted into a restaurant in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Wuhan's 11-week lockdown is set to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 8, 2020, 2:47 AM

UK Prime Minister remains in intensive care unit

Boris Johnson is in stable condition at a London hospital’s ICU unit due to coronavirus infection.
April 8, 2020, 2:47 AM
VIDEO: UK Prime Minister remains in intensive care unit
April 8, 2020, 1:37 AM

AP PHOTOS: Wuhan a city in slumber before the lockdown's end

Wuhan was released from coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, and it’s as if the Chinese city where the pandemic started late last year has awakened from a long slumber. For more than two months, the once-bustling city of 11 million people was all but silent. Its borders were sealed, businesses closed and communities kept behind barriers. During the 76-day lockdown, Wuhan’s residents seemed to live in a crepuscular world of neither night nor day, with time passing slowly, each day blurring into the next. Now, residents of central China’s largest city are eager to reawaken and for life to flow back to its streets and factories. It’s a cycle many places will experience as the coronavirus sweeps through.
April 8, 2020, 1:37 AM
In this Monday, April 6, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a mask against the coronavirus looks up near the full moon in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. When the Chinese city of Wuhan is at last released from virus quarantine Wednesday, it will be like awakening from a persistent slumber. Over the 76 days of lockdown, the city has at times lived in a crepuscular world of neither night or day, where time seems to pass more slowly and one day blurs into the next. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 8, 2020, 1:13 AM

Giant pandas mate naturally for the 1st time in a decade

The Ocean Park in Hong Kong had been closed since January due to the coronavirus outbreak.
April 8, 2020, 1:13 AM
The Ocean Park in Hong Kong had been closed since January due to the coronavirus outbreak.
April 8, 2020, 1:08 AM

Mexico urges end to harassment of health workers in pandemic

While tributes to courageous medical personnel putting themselves in the virus' path circle the globe, Mexico and some other places have seen disturbing aggression born of fear
April 8, 2020, 1:08 AM
A doctor gathers information from drivers arriving to get tested for COVID-19 at private laboratory Biomedica de Referencia, in the Lomas Virreyes neighborhood in Mexico City, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
April 8, 2020, 12:41 AM

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Cardinal George Pell has welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes and says his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis
April 8, 2020, 12:41 AM
Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
April 7, 2020, 11:01 PM

Virus crisis cuts off billions sent to poor around the world

The devastation wrought by COVID-19 across the developed world in cutting into the financial lifelines for people in Latin America, Africa and Asia
April 7, 2020, 11:01 PM
In this April 3, 2020 photo, a woman carrying a child walks past a closed courier business featuring a U.S. flag and the Spanish phrase: "Send to U.S.A" in the largely indigenous town of Joyabaj, Guatemala, where half of the residents depend on remittances, almost all from the U.S. The devastation wrought by COVID-19 across the developed world is cutting into the financial lifelines for people across Latin America, Africa and Asia. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
April 7, 2020, 10:51 PM

Supermoon rises above England

The supermoon, the largest yet this year, rose over Durham, England, on Tuesday.
April 7, 2020, 10:51 PM
Supermoon rises above England
April 7, 2020, 10:22 PM

Drive-in churches an option for faithful who want closeness

With coronavirus prevention measures shuttering houses of worship, pastors across the country are using that ultimate tool of social distancing — cars — to safely bring their communities closer together
April 7, 2020, 10:22 PM
In this April 5, 2020 photo, Pastor John Hanson stands atop a truck as members of his congregation arrive for Sunday morning "drive-in worship" at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Wis. Palm branches were on display to commemorate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Christianity's holiest week of the year. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
April 7, 2020, 9:46 PM

Eastern Libyan forces attack Tripoli hospital for second day

Health authorities in Libya's U.N.-backed government say rockets have rained down on the capital of Tripoli in the second day of heavy bombardment by eastern-based forces that struck one of the city’s largest hospitals
April 7, 2020, 9:46 PM
April 7, 2020, 9:41 PM

Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus

Nearly 60 percent of 217 people _ many from Australia, Europe and the United States _ on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the new coronavirus
April 7, 2020, 9:41 PM
The Australian cruise ship Greg Mortimer, center, lies at anchor surrounded by two cargo ships off the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, Sunday, April 5, 2020. The Greg Mortimer with 211 people onboard has had at least 81 of them diagnosed with COVID-19 disease. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
April 7, 2020, 8:58 PM

Court finds ex-Ecuador president guilty of corruption

An Ecuadorian court has found former President Rafael Correa guilty of corruption and sentenced him to eight years in prison
April 7, 2020, 8:58 PM
FILE - In this July 5, 2018 file photo, Ecuador's former President Rafael Correa gives an interview at his family home near Brussels, Belgium. An Ecuadorian court found Correa guilty of corruption on April 7, 2020, and sentenced him to eight years in prison, further sullying the legacy of one of the nation’s most enduring and polemic political leaders. (Mark Carlson/AP Photo, File)
April 7, 2020, 7:48 PM

Military promises Pakistani doctors gear to fight virus

The Pakistani military says dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for protesting a lack of protective equipment to treat the growing number of coronavirus cases will get the equipment they need
April 7, 2020, 7:48 PM
Health workers collect a specimen at a drive-thru testing and screening facility for the coronavirus, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, April 6, 2020. Authorities in Pakistan's Sindh province established the first ever drive-thru coronavirus testing facility in Pakistan as part of to control the spread of pandemic coronavirus in the province. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
April 7, 2020, 6:39 PM

Germany, Luxembourg to take in migrant children from Greece

A government ministry says Germany plans to take in up to 50 unaccompanied children from overcrowded migrant camps in Greece
April 7, 2020, 6:39 PM
Clothes are hung on the fence of a migrant facility at Malakasa village, north of Athens, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Greece has put the facility outside Athens on lockdown for 14 days after a 53-year-old Afghan developed coronavirus symptoms Saturday afternoon. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
April 7, 2020, 6:30 PM

Rwandans mark genocide anniversary under nationwide lockdown

People across Rwanda are marking the anniversary of the 1994 genocide at home
April 7, 2020, 6:30 PM
FILE- In this April 5, 2019 file photo, flowers are laid on top of a glass case containing the skulls of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge in the church, kept as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide, inside the church in Ntarama, Rwanda. A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Rwanda on Tuesday marks the 26th anniversary of the genocide. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
April 7, 2020, 5:57 PM

With prime minister in ICU, Britain asks: Who's in charge?

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights the coronavirus in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, the people of his country are wishing him well and also wondering who’s in charge
April 7, 2020, 5:57 PM
A man reads a newspaper with the headline: 'PM in intensive care', outside St Thomas' Hospital in central London as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care fighting the coronavirus in London, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Johnson was admitted to St Thomas' hospital in central London on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days. Having been in hospital for tests and observation, his doctors advised that he be admitted to intensive care on Monday evening. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
April 7, 2020, 5:53 PM

Pakistani security forces kill 7 militants near Afghanistan

Pakistan's military says its troops have killed seven militants in separate raids on militant hideouts in the country's northwest bordering Afghanistan
April 7, 2020, 5:53 PM
April 7, 2020, 5:00 PM

66 at South African hospital have coronavirus, mostly staff

Sixty-six people at a single hospital in South Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days
April 7, 2020, 5:00 PM
South African civil servants assist informal vendors to receive temporary working licenses, at the entrance of a municipal office building, in Johannesburg, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. South Africa and more than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
April 7, 2020, 5:00 PM

Super Pink Moon, coronavirus, Wisconsin primary: World in Photos, April 7

A look at the top photos from around the globe.
April 7, 2020, 5:00 PM
VIDEO: Super Pink Moon, coronavirus, Wisconsin primary: World in Photos, April 7
April 7, 2020, 4:45 PM

Health care workers protest lack of staff, equipment in Greece

The workers held up signs reading “covered mouths have a voice.”
April 7, 2020, 4:45 PM
VIDEO: Health care workers protest lack of staff, equipment in Greece
April 7, 2020, 4:27 PM

Newborn rhino rolls around in mud bath

An endangered eastern black rhino calf copied his mother by rolling around in the mud.
April 7, 2020, 4:27 PM
VIDEO: Newborn rhino rolls around in mud bath
April 7, 2020, 4:00 PM

Lufthansa retires big jets, says rebound could take years

German airline group Lufthansa is slashing capacity on a permanent basis, saying that air travel will take years to come back to where it was before the virus outbreak
April 7, 2020, 4:00 PM
April 7, 2020, 3:50 PM

Israeli security agency says it arrested alleged Iran spy

Israel’s domestic security agency says it has arrested an Israeli citizen alleged to have spied for Iran
April 7, 2020, 3:50 PM
April 7, 2020, 3:15 PM

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care at London hospital

The prime minister was hospitalized on Sunday with complications from the coronavirus, and was moved to intensive care today after his condition worsened.
April 7, 2020, 3:15 PM
VIDEO: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care at London hospital
April 7, 2020, 2:54 PM

Pandas mate for the 1st time in 10 years after zoo closes to public over coronavirus

The pandas had made multiple unsuccessful attempts since 2010.
April 7, 2020, 2:54 PM
Giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le before mating at Ocean Park in Hong Kong on April 6, 2020.
April 7, 2020, 1:32 PM

Explosion at Turkish defense company: 3 injured

Officials say an explosion on the premises of Turkish state-owned defense company Roketsan has injured three employees
April 7, 2020, 1:32 PM
April 7, 2020, 1:03 PM

25 soldiers killed in an attack in Mali's north, army says

Mali says armed men attacked an army camp in the north and killed at least 25 soldiers
April 7, 2020, 1:03 PM
April 7, 2020, 12:55 PM

US says airstrike in Somalia kills an al-Shabab leader

The U.S. military says it has killed a high-ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in Somalia
April 7, 2020, 12:55 PM
April 7, 2020, 12:47 PM

Croatian lawmakers meet in hotel after earthquake damage

Croatian lawmakers have met at a conference hall in a Zagreb hotel after the parliament building was damaged in a recent earthquake
April 7, 2020, 12:47 PM
Croatian parliament members attend a session at a hotel in Zagreb, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Croatian lawmakers have met at a conference hall in a Zagreb hotel after the parliament building was damaged in a recent earthquake. The members of parliament on Tuesday were sitting at a distance, away from each other as part of measures designed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)
April 7, 2020, 11:50 AM

Bangladesh arrests fugitive killer of independence leader

Police in Bangladesh have arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination
April 7, 2020, 11:50 AM
FILE- A 1972 file photo of Bangladesh Premier, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Police in Bangladesh on Tuesday arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Rahman nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. (AP Photo, File)
April 7, 2020, 11:03 AM

Australian court dismisses cardinal's sex abuse convictions

Cardinal George Pell is welcoming Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes and says his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis
April 7, 2020, 11:03 AM
In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s highest court on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 will judge Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle over the world’s most senior Catholic convicted of sexually abusing children may not end there. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
April 7, 2020, 10:14 AM

Chad's ex-dictator granted home arrest amid virus threat

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been granted 60 days of home arrest by Senegal’s justice ministry because of the threat of COVID-19 in the prison where he is serving a life sentence
April 7, 2020, 10:14 AM
April 7, 2020, 9:41 AM

New Zealand family hosts 4 German students during lockdown

Four German students who were invited to shelter with a New Zealand family during a nationwide lockdown say they’ve been having lots of fun sharing meals, playing soccer and trying to learn guitar
April 7, 2020, 9:41 AM
This April 7, 2020, photo provided by Felix Gard, shows German tourists, from left, Felix Gard, Julia Betz, Laura Spottke, and Thomas Metzler in Cambridge, New Zealand. Four German students who were invited by a New Zealand family to shelter with them during a nationwide lockdown say they've been having lots of fun sharing meals, playing football and trying to learn guitar. The students are among the 12,000 German visitors who have signed up for a repatriation program on flights chartered by the German government. (Felix Gard via AP)