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New Afghan puppet joins Sesame Street characters

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There’s a new face on Sesame Street – a sassy, fun 6-year-old Afghan puppet girl called Zari, with purple skin, an orange nose and multi-colored hair, an infectious giggle and outfits to please Afghanistan’s...

Bangladesh al-Qaida claims responsibility for student death

NEW DELHI (AP) — A banned Islamist group in Bangladesh tied to the al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent has claimed responsibility for the killing of a student opponent of radical Islam. The killing of 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad on Wednesday night follows a string of...

Greece’s coast guard says 5 migrants have drowned off Samos

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard says at least five migrants have drowned in the eastern Aegean Sea after a small plastic boat capsized. The five victims, four women and a child, were found around dawn Saturday northeast of the Greek island of Samos, close...

US: Syrian government releases American citizen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Syrian government has released an American citizen who was captured and detained after entering the war-wracked country about four years ago, the State Department said Friday. Spokesman Mark Toner declined to identify the American due to privacy...

Iran says Boeing officials will visit Tehran soon

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency is saying a delegation from Boeing Co. will visit the country to review “possible cooperation” with Iranian airlines. The late Friday report by IRNA says officials from Iran’s national carrier,...

Homeless teen faces murder charge in Texas student’s killing

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A homeless 17-year-old has been arrested and will be charged with murder in the death of a University of Texas dance major in the heart of the bustling campus, police say. Meechaiel Criner wasn’t believed to be a university student and...

In McComb, flames can’t extinguish faith

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF STAFF WRITER McCOMB — A year and a half after fire severely damaged the interior of McComb United Methodist Church, its members are back home. The congregation held its first service at the church since the fire on Feb. 6, while Easter services...

Church and Religious Events

First Lutheran First Lutheran will celebrate the third Sunday of Easter with liturgical services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. The Kids of the Kingdom will sing “Beautiful” and “If I Were a Butterfly” at the second service, and their Noisy Offering will be...

Churches offer food boxes

PANDORA — Churches in the Pandora/Gilboa area are offering food boxes for households within the school district that find themselves in need. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals (three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners) for a family of four. To register...

Saturday calendar

TODAY 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave.; fitness center open, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; billiards, 8-noon; breakfast in the cafe, breakfast casserole, 8-10 a.m.; Zumba, virtual group fitness, 8:30 a.m.; cardio mix class, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; Young at Heart, 5-9 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, closed...