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WWII plane fly-past honors Captain Tom Moore at funeral

WWII plane fly-past honors Captain Tom Moore at funeral

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Church bells rang out and a World War II-era plane flew over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore, in honor of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain’s health workers by walking laps in his backyardBy SYLVIA HUI Associated PressFebruary 27, 2021, 10:05 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLONDON -- Church bells rang out and a World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore to honor of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard.Soldiers performed ceremonial duties at the private service for Moore, who died Feb. 2 at age 100 after testing positive for COVID-19. Captain Tom, as he became known, inspired the U.K. during th...
Pakistani Shiites end protests, hold funeral for 11 miners

Pakistani Shiites end protests, hold funeral for 11 miners

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Hundreds of Pakistani Shiites are gathering to bury 11 coal miners from the minority Hazara community who were killed by the Islamic State group, ending over a week of protests that sought to highlight the minority community’s plightBy ABDUL SATTAR Associated PressJanuary 9, 2021, 9:50 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleQUETTA, Pakistan -- Hundreds of Pakistani Shiites gathered Saturday to bury 11 coal miners from the minority Hazara community who were killed by the Islamic State group, ending over a week of protests that sought to highlight the minority community's plight.Protesters staged a sit-in after the militant group captured and shot the miners last Sunday in Machh, an area some 30 miles east of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's troubled Baluchistan pr...
California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages

California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages

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As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in coronavirus cases, funeral homes in the hot spot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling upBy CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated PressJanuary 2, 2021, 10:00 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in coronavirus cases, funeral homes in the hot spot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling up.The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated as the United States nears a grim tally of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths. More than 20 million people in the country have been ...

Pandemic fear: Church to apologize for funeral refusal

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Noel Alexander had helped build Pine Hill Baptist Church in west-central Louisiana. He’d been its music minister, served on numerous committees and he and his wife kept the church’s books. After he died from COVID-19 at age 79, his visitation and funeral were scheduled for the church he loved. But his family said that when they arrived, they were told they couldn’t hold either the visitation or the funeral in the spacious building currently used for services because of the pandemic. And, they learned, the funeral director had been told he’d be met with a gun if he tried to bring the body inside. “It was scary devastating," Donna Hunt, one of Alexander's six children, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. The church's pastor, Tri Evans, had approved of the servic...
More than 100,000 attend mass funeral for Muslim cleric in Bangladesh

More than 100,000 attend mass funeral for Muslim cleric in Bangladesh

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April 19 (UPI) -- More than 100,000 people in Bangladesh defied restrictions on mass gatherings to attend the funeral of Muslim cleric Maulana Zubayer Ahmad Ansari on Sunday. Mohammad Maunul Haque, joint secretary general of the Islamist party, said people walked into the streets of the Brahmanbaria district from the surrounding area defying the country's ban more than five people attending prayers at one time to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Police were unable to contain the crowd after police officer Shahadat Hossain Tipu said that officials urged Ansari's family to hold a funeral with only close relatives. "We never thought that such a large number of people would show up at a time when there is a countrywide lockdown. They came from all sides -- even through the fields and other no...