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Greeks fly kites for Clean Monday holiday despite pandemic

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Colorful kites danced in the skies above the hilltops and seafront promenades of Athens on Clean Monday as Greeks turned out to celebrate the Eastern Christian holiday in their t...

Firefighters, faith leaders team up to vaccinate vulnerable

MIAMI BEACH (AP) — At the end of a recent Sunday evening Spanish-language Mass, the Rev. Roberto Cid made an announcement that perked up many gray-haired heads. “If you are over 65 ...

Guatemalan fights hunger with book-for-food barters by bike

Bonifaz Díaz biked through the sprawling city of Quetzaltenango, 7,640 feet (2,330 meters) above sea level among Guatemala’s volcanoes, to deliver a sociology book to the home of a local teacher. He p...

Weekly dinners brighten locked-down Last Supper convent

In Milan, in the midst of the lockdown to mitigate one of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak, seven men in their 20s have been cloistered in a 15th-century convent. Nobody was let in, nobody was let ...

Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds

VIENNA (AP) — Lilas Almalaki didn't know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English...

Monument-filled, tourist-empty Extremadura is a Spanish gem

CACERES, Spain (AP) — The flamenco strains were so haunting I asked the quintet of 20-somethings playing guitars on the doorstep of a massive, whitewashed centuries-old church if I could listen for a ...

Canoeing in the wilderness of Minnesota's Boundary Waters

BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS, Minn. (AP) — You won't find gourmet food or 600-thread count sheets in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. But you will find lux...

Antigua Guatemala rolls out the flower carpet for Easter

ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, Guatemala (AP) — The rising sun hasn't lit up the cobblestone streets of this colonial city yet, but people of all ages are busy covering them with brightly colored sawdust mosaics ...

Exploring Jordan's cultural fusion

PETRA, Jordan (AP) — I squeezed through the narrow desert chasm just as the early-morning sun lit up the facade of the majestic Treasury building. The structure, originally a mausoleum, was carved fro...

Vacation bliss in the South Pacific: Visiting Aitutaki

AITUTAKI, Cook Islands (AP) — Swaying in a hammock hung from coconut trees, floating down a cyan-blue channel or swimming in a cloud of tropical fish, all I could think was, this place is too perfect ...