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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 file photo, televangelist Jim Bakker, founder of the former Heritage USA resort, holds his wife, Lori Graham Bakker, as they pray following his sermon, during the MorningStar Fellowship Church New Year's Conference, in Fort Mill, S.C. Bakker gained notoriety in the late 1980s and 1990s as a result of his trial and financial fraud conviction relating to Heritage USA. He moved to southwest Missouri in 2003. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Jim Bakker gets PPP loans during legal fight on fraud claims

- Associated Press

When the U.S. government extended pandemic hardship loans to thousands of religious institutions, Jim Bakker and Morningside USA, his ministry in Blue Eye, Missouri, were among the most high-profile recipients.

Death toll in Turkish Black Sea coast floods increases to 7

Associated Press

dafabet手机版平台Turkish rescue workers on Monday recovered the body of another victim of severe weekend floods that swept along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, raising the death toll to seven, officials said. At least nine other people were reported missing.

This image made from video provided by the State TV and Radio Company of Belarus, shows Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko armed with a Kalashnikov-type rifle near the Palace of Independence in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Lukashenko has made a dramatic show of defiance against the massive protests demanding his resignation, toting a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest as he strode off a helicopter that landed at his residence while demonstrators massed nearby. (State TV and Radio Company of Belarus via AP)

3 Belarus opposition activists detained in the capital

- Associated Press

Belarusian authorities on Monday detained three leading opposition activists who have helped spearhead a wave of protests demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian president of 26 years following his reelection that opponents say was rigged.

Russian dissident under police protection at German hospital

- Associated Press

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny remains in critical but stable condition in a Berlin hospital where he is being treated after a suspected poisoning, with special protective details on hand to ensure his safety, German officials said Monday.

Taiwan says Alibaba-linked e-commerce site a security risk

- Associated Press

Taiwan declared an e-commerce platform linked to China's Alibaba Group a potential security risk and told its operator Monday to register as a company from the rival mainland or dispose of its ownership stake.

Norwegian fund drops Exxon, Chevron over climate lobbying

Associated Press

A Norwegian pension fund said Monday that it is divesting over $47 million from 27 companies, including Exxon and Chevron, as part of its commitment to combating climate change. The fund warned other major oil and gas companies it might drop them as well.

FILE - In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, center, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece says it will conduct a navy and air force exercise in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas in an area as the neighboring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights. (IHA via AP)

Greece plans military exercise amid dispute with Turkey

- Associated Press

dafabet手机版平台Greece said Monday that its navy and air force will conduct military exercises in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas as the neighboring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights.

Syrian sides meet again to discuss possible new constitution

Associated Press

Syrian government, opposition and civil society delegations were resuming meetings Monday in Geneva to discuss a possible new constitution - a step seen by the U.N. mediator as a prospective “door-opener” to a final resolution of the country’s devastating nine-year civil war.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, flames rise from a gas pipeline that hit by an explosion, between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Dumair, in Syria Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. An explosion early on Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, cutting electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil ministers. (SANA via AP)

Electricity cut in Syria after explosion hits gas pipeline

- Associated Press

dafabet手机版平台An explosion early Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, causing a huge fire and cutting off electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil ministers.

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street hit a new high despite lingering unease about a possible second wave of coronavirus infections.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Wall Street stocks open higher, following gains overseas

- Associated Press

dafabet手机版平台Wall Street is following overseas markets higher, adding to four straight weeks of gains for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. Big tech powerhouses including Apple and Facebook were the leaders in the early going on Monday. The S&P 500 added 0.7% in the first few minutes of trading. Several retailers will be reporting their latest quarterly results this week including Best Buy, Gap and Dollar Tree. The Federal Reserve will be holding an annual symposium virtually later this week. Treasury yields fell and crude oil prices were moving higher. European markets were broadly higher and markets closed higher in Asia.

A worker wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus cleans the seats at a basketball court in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. China has gone eight days without reporting a new local case of COVID-19, with the Beijing International Film Festival among public events that are returning. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: WHO says plasma therapy still 'experimental'

- Associated Press

dafabet手机版平台GENEVA - The World Health Organization says using plasma from the recovered to treat COVID-19 is still considered an “experimental” therapy and that the preliminary results showing it may work are still “inconclusive.”

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