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In this April 22, 2021, file photo, White Plains High School students walk between classes in White Plains, N.Y. Dozens of school districts around the country have eliminated requirements for students to wear masks, and many more are likely to ditch mask requirements before the next academic year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

CDC chief: OK for vaccinated parents to model mask behavior for kids

- The Washington Times

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday it is an OK idea for fully vaccinated parents to keep wearing their masks -- despite new guidance saying they don't have to -- if it helps their kids maintain the practice while they wait for vaccines in their age group.

Smoke is seen from a collapsed building after it was hit by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Israeli airstrike was the latest in a series of assaults on targets in the Gaza Strip after a long dispute between Israel and Hamas erupted into an exchange of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli retaliation. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Weary Gaza marks Muslim feast as violence spreads in Israel

- Associated Press

Weary Palestinians on Thursday prepared for a somber feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as Gaza braced for more Israeli airstrikes and communal violence raged across Israel after weeks of protests and violence in Jerusalem.

Vicar Wolfgang Rothe, left, blesses the couple Christine Walter, center, and Almut Muenster, right, during a Catholic service with the blessing of same-sex couples in St Benedict's Church in Munich, Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Felix Hoerhager/dpa via AP)

German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban

- Associated Press

Germany's powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country this week.

Afghan school students treated at a hospital after a bomb explosion near a school in west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 8, 2021. A bomb exploded near a school in west Kabul on Saturday, killing several, many them young students, Afghan government spokesmen said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Bomb kills at least 30 near girls' school in Afghan capital

- Associated Press

A bomb exploded near a girls' school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many of them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility.

Israeli border police officers deploy during clashes with Palestinian protesters next to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, May 7. 2021. Palestinians protested over Israel's threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, who have been embroiled in a long legal battle with Israeli settlers trying to acquire property in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Beefed-up Israel police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem

- Associated Press

Israeli police on Saturday clashed with Palestinian protesters outside Jerusalem's Old City during the holiest night of Ramadan in a show of force that threatened to deepen the holy city's worst religious unrest in several years. Earlier, police blocked busloads of pilgrims headed to Jerusalem to worship.

Pope Francis arrives for prayer in the Gregorian Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, May 1, 2021. The pope led a special prayer service Saturday evening to invoke the end of the pandemic. (Riccardo Antimiani/Pool photo via AP)

Vatican conference features Fauci, Francis -- and Aerosmith

- Associated Press

An eclectic mix of participants are taking part in a unique three-day Vatican conference on COVID-19, other global health threats and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them.