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Amid pandemic, pope goes to Iraq to rally fading Christians

BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis heads to Iraq on Friday to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war...
Mar. 4, 2021

A timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

BAGHDAD (AP) — In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back conflicts have left ancient Christian communities that were once a vibrant and integral part of the landscape scattered and in ruins...
Mar. 4, 2021

Calgary Flames name Darryl Sutter head coach after relieving Geoff Ward of duties

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary Flames name Darryl Sutter head coach after relieving Geoff Ward of duties.
Mar. 4, 2021

Resisting pressure, Alabama governor extends mask order

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has faced political pressure and angry constituents over her state’s mask order during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the 76-year-old governor of the...
Mar. 4, 2021

China sets growth target 'over 6%,' tightening HK control

BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader set a healthy economic growth target Friday and vowed to make this nation self-reliant in technology amid tension with Washington and Europe over...
Mar. 4, 2021

Georgia GOP leaders who stood up to Trump back voting bills

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won wide praise last fall for firmly rejecting then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. But...
Mar. 4, 2021

Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — Top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing...
Mar. 4, 2021

Police maced, trampled: New docs show depth of Jan. 6 chaos

Two firefighters loaned to Washington for the day were the only medics on the Capitol steps Jan. 6, trying to triage injured officers as they watched the angry mob swell...
Mar. 4, 2021

Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos

Two firefighters loaned to Washington for the day were the only medics on the Capitol steps Jan. 6, trying to triage injured officers as they watched the angry mob swell...
Mar. 4, 2021

Pictures of Week in Latin America & Caribbean Photo Gallery

Feb.24, 2021 – March 4, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and Caribbean. The gallery...
Mar. 4, 2021

US job growth likely rose in February in rebound from slump

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers likely stepped up their hiring in February as confirmed viral cases declined, consumers spent big chunks of their government aid checks and the economy appeared...
Mar. 4, 2021

Little damage from huge Pacific quake; tsunami threat passes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the South Pacific in modern history triggered tsunami warnings across the ocean and forced thousands of people in...
Mar. 4, 2021

Yemen rebels claim Saudi oil facility hit; no damage seen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they attacked a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Thursday amid their campaign of drone and...
Mar. 4, 2021

The Latest: San Diego zoo vaccinates 9 great apes for virus

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected. Officials say four orangutans...
Mar. 4, 2021

Shares slip in Asia after bond yield spike hits Wall St

Asian shares slipped Friday after surging U.S. bond yields renewed pressure on high-flying technology companies. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index dropped as much as 2% and shares fell in most other...
Mar. 4, 2021

San Francisco paying $16.1 million for homeless tent camps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is paying $16.1 million to feed and house people in tent villages as the city struggles with a swelling homeless population. But the cost...
Mar. 4, 2021

Creighton suspends Greg McDermott for 'plantation' remark

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University suspended basketball coach Greg McDermott on Thursday night for using racially insensitive language while addressing the team after a game last weekend. McDermott publicly...
Mar. 4, 2021

China boosts defense spending by 6.8% amid debt, pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — China is increasing its defense spending by 6.8% in 2021 as it works to maintain a robust upgrading of the armed forces despite high government debt and...
Mar. 4, 2021

9 great apes get COVID-19 vaccinations at San Diego Zoo

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected, officials said Thursday...
Mar. 4, 2021

US: Russia blocks Syria chemical weapons use accountability

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused Syrian President Bashar Assad and his close ally Russia on Thursday of trying to block all efforts to hold Damascus accountable for...
Mar. 4, 2021

Ban Ki-moon asked to act on complaint against Beijing Games

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is being asked to rule on an ethics complaint filed against the International Olympic Committee by a human-rights group representing Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities...
Mar. 4, 2021

9 in SUV have major injuries in border crash that killed 13

El CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — Nine migrants in an SUV packed with 25 people that drove through an opening in a border wall suffered major injuries after their vehicle slammed...
Mar. 4, 2021

China boosts defense spending by 6.8% in slight uptick

BEIJING (AP) — China is increasing its defense spending by 6.8%, a slight uptick from last year, amid high government debt and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic impact. A...
Mar. 4, 2021

China announces slight uptick in defense spending by 6.8% amid high government debt, coronavirus pandemic impact

BEIJING (AP) — China announces slight uptick in defense spending by 6.8% amid high government debt, coronavirus pandemic impact.
Mar. 4, 2021

China announces 'over 6%' economic growth target, tech plans

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top economic official announced a healthy growth target for the nation Friday and its plans to become a more self-reliant technology leader amid tension with Washington...
Mar. 4, 2021

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