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AP PHOTOS: Prayers, candles and Santas for year-end holidays

Santa Claus got around quite a bit last month — despite the pandemic. There he was speaking to a toddler at a Christmas fair in Venezuela's capital. Linking arms in a prayer circle ...

Virus casts shadow over AP's pictures of the year in Asia

TOKYO (AP) — The year of the virus. From sports to festivals, natural disasters to protests, hardly a moment of 2020 captured by the photojournalists of The Associated Press in Asia ...

US Jews plan smaller Hanukkah celebrations amid virus

Jewish Americans from a variety of branches of the faith are celebrating Hanukkah with smaller-than-usual gatherings this year, in hopes of keeping the year-end holiday safe but still joyful as corona...

The Latest: North Dakota governor orders mask mandate

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has ordered a statewide mask mandate and imposed several business restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has stressed th...

Asia Today: India virus surge continues in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's overall tally of new coronavirus cases remained steady on Saturday, but officials were watching a surge of cases in the capital that comes as people socialize during the festi...

Taiwan eyes enhanced India ties at Diwali celebration

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday (Nov. 13) expressed the hope that Taiwan's relations with India will continue to improve during a Diwali festival in Taipei....

Indian holy city lights record number of oil lamps

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — The north Indian city of Ayodhya kept its Guinness World Record for a second year on Friday by lighting 584,572 oil lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes as part...

India's festive mood raises fears of surge of coronavirus

NEW DELHI (AP) — The crowds filling shopping areas ahead of the Diwali festival of lights on Saturday are raising hopes of India's distressed business community after months of lockdown losses but als...

The Latest: Turkey bans public smoking to reinforce mask use

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s interior ministry has banned smoking in public places across the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement late Wednesday, the ministry said s...

Asia Today: New Delhi cases spike again ahead of Diwali fest

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported 47,905 new cases of coronavirus infection with New Delhi setting another daily record Thursday. The surge of 8,593 cases in the nation's capital is th...

India: Why Delhi keeps breathing toxic air every winter

Every year, the residents of India's capital region and surrounding areas experience hazardous levels of air pollution at the beginning of winter. Smoke from stubble burning in the adjoining f...

Coronavirus: Has pandemic fatigue taken hold in India?

Rudra Nath, 42, a factory foreman in Alwar district of northwestern Rajasthan state, says he feels exasperated having to tell his co-workers to keep their masks on all the time. It has been over a ...

India: Firework factory blast kills workers

A fire broke out at a fireworks factory in southern India on Friday, killing six workers and the owner, all women, while critically injuring another two, police confirmed. The tragedy occurred in a v...

Get in the holiday mood with Ne-Yo, Lea Michele and Chicago

Here's a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. _________ Ne-Yo, “Another Kind of Christmas” (Motown/Compound Entertainment) ...

India hopes 'green' fireworks, light show dim Diwali impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is planning to temper the environmental damage from its biggest holiday with low-emission firecrackers and light shows, but its uneven rollout has hurt some businesses and prove...