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RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR – The battered port city of Mariupol looks set to fall to Russian forces after seven weeks of siege. Capturing the city would give Moscow a crucial success in Ukraine after a failed attempt to storm the capital and the loss of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea flagship. The Russian military estimated that around 2,500 Ukrainian fighters holding in a towering steel mill constituted the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol. By Adam Schreck and Mstyslav Chernov. SENT: 1,275 words, photos, videos. With RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR-THE LAST. (shipped)
REL-INTERFAITH-RELIGIOUS-VACANCES — It’s a convergence that happens only rarely. Coinciding with Judaism’s Passover, Christianity’s Easter and Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, Buddhists, Baha’is, Sikhs, Jains and Hindus also celebrate their holy days in April. The springtime collision of religious holidays inspires a series of interfaith events. By Luis Andrés Henao. SENT: 940 words, photos. Featuring: REL—VIRUS OUTBREAK-EASTER SERVICES — For many Christians, this weekend marks the first time in three years that they will come together in person to celebrate Easter Sunday, a welcome opportunity to share one of the days the holiest of the faith side by side with fellow parishioners. By Steve LeBlanc, Giovanna Dell’orto and Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 875 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Palestinian medical officials said 17 people were injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem. The unrest erupted on Sunday after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to secure the place for Jewish visitors. The site is the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest for Jews, and it is often a hotbed of violence. SENT: 770 words, photos.
MALL SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA — Authorities said they arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting at a busy mall in South Carolina’s capital on Saturday that left 14 people injured. Columbia Police Chief WH “Skip” Holbrook said 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price is in police custody and should be charged with unlawfully carrying a gun. Price was one of three people initially detained by law enforcement as a person of interest. By Michelle Liu. SENT: 630 words, photos.
PITTSBURGH-PARTY-SHOOTING – Authorities say two minors are dead and at least nine others injured in an early morning shooting at a party in Pittsburgh. SENT: 170 words. Development.
TAX-DAY — Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their taxes, and this year is no exception. Monday is tax day – the federal deadline for personal income tax filing and payments. The IRS will receive tens of millions of last-minute filings electronically and through paper forms. Nina Tross of the National Society of Tax Professionals says that if people haven’t filed their taxes yet, “they better file an extension.” By Fatima Hussein. SENT: 550 words, photos.
OBIT-ART-RUPE – A pioneering record executive who helped launch the careers of Little Richard and Sam Cooke has died. Art Rupe died Friday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the age of 104. Rupe was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. SENT: 880 words.
BRITAIN-ROYALS — Members of the British royal family, including Prince William and his wife Kate, attended an Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle. SENT: 250 words, photos.
CHINA-SPACE — China says it will launch three more astronauts to its new space station in June after the last crew returned this weekend from a six-month stay in orbit. SENT: 315 words, photos.
ELECTION-2022-WISCONSIN-SENATE – A crowded group of Democrats are trying to find a winning strategy to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin in November. It is one of the few competitive races in the Senate this election year and could help decide Senate control. Johnson was elected as a fiscal conservative, but for the past two years has taken anti-science positions in the pandemic. And he embraced the conspiracy theories surrounding Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
REL-VATICAN-EASTER — Pope Francis launched an Easter plea for peace in Ukraine and other wars around the world. After celebrating Easter Sunday Mass for tens of thousands of worshipers in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the pandemic, Francis delivered his traditional geopolitical speech, in which he cited the risk of nuclear war. SENT: 760 words, photos.
ISRAEL-STIFING DISSENT – An Israeli computer science professor received Israel’s highest honor a year ago. But Oded Goldreich only received the Israel Prize last week after the Supreme Court overturned attempts by Israeli nationalists to strip him of recognition for his opposition to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
KOREA-TENSIONS — North Korea claims to have successfully tested a newly developed tactically guided weapon. Korea’s official Central News Agency said on Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un observed the launch, which it said would bolster the operations of the country’s tactical nuclear forces. The South Korean military claims to have detected two launches. SENT: 770 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN – Pakistan has issued a stark warning to radical religious leaders in Afghanistan. He said Sunday he wanted the Afghan Taliban to stop harboring local Pakistani Taliban militants who have staged increasingly deadly attacks on the country’s military. The warning follows Afghan reports that Pakistani planes carried out bombing raids in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost and Kunar provinces on Friday night, killing civilians. SENT: 590 words, photo.
IRAN-NUCLEAR – State media is reporting that Iran has confirmed it has moved a centrifuge facility to its underground Natanz nuclear site. The report comes days after the UN’s atomic watchdog said it installed surveillance cameras to monitor the new workshop at Tehran’s request. SENT: 450 words.
ECONOMIC CRISIS IN SRI LANKA – Sri Lankans who have been protesting near the president’s office for days have criticized the lack of progress in finding those responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people in the Islamic State-inspired bombings on Easter Sunday three years ago, putting pressure on the government already plunged into a deep economic crisis. SENT: 560 words, photos.
SWEDEN – DEMONSTRATION – VIOLENCE – Unrest erupted in southern Sweden despite police moving a gathering of a far-right anti-Islam group, which among other things planned to burn a Koran, to a new preventive location. SENT: 380 words, photos.
INDIA-COMMUNAL-CLASHES – Police in the Indian capital have arrested 14 people after communal violence erupted during a Hindu religious procession, leaving several injured. Local media reported that the suspects were arrested on charges of rioting and criminal conspiracy, among other things. . SENT: 430 words, photos.
INDIA-MOBILE-THEATER-PHOTO-GALLERY — Traveling theater groups in India’s northeast state of Assam are reviving the local arts and culture scene after the COVID-19 pandemic took forced a break from their performances for a year and a half. Seven touring theater companies are back on stage performing to crowds in towns, cities and towns across the state. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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