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First direct commercial flight from Israel lands in BahrainThe first known direct commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain has landed in the island kingdom, just a week after it signed a deal alongside the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations
The Associated Press15 minutes ago
Coronavirus cases soar as Israel prepares tighter measuresIsrael has reported a new record level of daily cases of coronavirus, shortly before government officials were to meet to discuss tightening a new nationwide lockdown
The Associated Press58 minutes ago
This combo of two photographs shows, top, Hoda Kinno, 11, on Aug. 4, 2020 being carried by her uncle Mustafa Kinno, in the aftermath of the massive explosion at Beirut port on Aug. 4, and bottom, Hoda and Mustafa posing for a photograph at a temporary apartment in the coastal town of Jiyeh, south of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blastAn image captured by an Associated Press photographer showing a dust-covered girl carried against a man’s shoulder, a gash bleeding from her forehead, has come to symbolize the devastation of the Aug. 4 blast at the Beirut port
The Associated Press2 hours ago
This combo of two photographs shows, top, Hoda Kinno, 11, on Aug. 4, 2020 being carried by her uncle Mustafa Kinno, in the aftermath of the massive explosion at Beirut port on Aug. 4, and bottom, Hoda and Mustafa posing for a photograph at a temporary apartment in the coastal town of Jiyeh, south of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blastAn image captured by an Associated Press photographer showing a dust-covered girl carried against a man's shoulder, a gash bleeding from her forehead, has come to symbolize the devastation of the Aug. 4 blast at the Beirut port
The Associated Press2 hours ago
FILE- In this March 6, 2020 file photo, Saudi policemen guard the the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The confirmed death toll from the coronavirus has gone over 50,000 in the Middle East as the pandemic continues. That's according to a count Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, from The Associated Press, based on official numbers offered by health authorities across the region. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
Saudi Arabia to lift ban on Mecca pilgrimage amid virusSaudi Arabia says Muslims will be allowed to perform the smaller, year-round pilgrimage starting Oct. 4 as the kingdom gradually begins lifting a suspension that had been in place on Islam’s holiest site for the past seven months due to the coronavirus
The Associated Press11 hours ago
Iran’s president says his country is “not a bargaining chip in U.S. elections and domestic policy.”Iran’s president says his country is “not a bargaining chip in U.S. elections and domestic policy.”
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Israeli kibbutz tweaks its name to honor GinsburgAn Israeli kibbutz has changed its name to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a weeklong tribute to the Jewish American judge
The Associated Press14 hours ago
In this image made from UNTV video, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)
Iran strikes defiant tone at UN under crushing US sanctionsIranian President Hassan Rouhani has delivered a defiant and fiery speech to the U.N. General Assembly as his nation grapples with the Middle East’s worst coronavirus outbreak and a weakened economy
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Iran, criticizing US, compares George Floyd death to “the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations.”Iran, criticizing US, compares George Floyd death to “the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations.”
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Jewish women pray at the Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, after they were turned away by police on their way to pray at the Western Wall, during a nationwide three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Israelis gird for more virus restrictions amid 2nd lockdownIsraelis are bracing for more coronavirus restrictions days after the start of a second countrywide lockdown
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Smoke has cleared in the Ain Qana village where an explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold, in southern Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The powerful explosion sent thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
Powerful blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in south LebanonAn explosion has rocked a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon, sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Explosion in Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon; cause unclearExplosion in Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon; cause unclear
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiouslySaudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam’s holiest sites, has made clear that full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when a peace agreement is reached with the Palestinians
The Associated Press1 day ago
Palestinians arrest supporters of Abbas rival close to UAEPalestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of a rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates
The Associated Press1 day ago
In this photo provided by the International Committee for the Red Cross the interior of a new field hospital for coronavirus patients in the Yemen's main southern city of Aden. The Red Cross announced the opening of the facility on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 as the virus continues to spread largely unchecked in the war-torn country. Many medical facilities in the country have closed as staffers flee or turn patients away. (International Committee for the Red Cross via AP)
Yemen gets new virus hospital after other facilities closeThe Red Cross has announced the opening of a new field hospital in southern Yemen specifically to treat coronavirus patients
The Associated Press1 day ago
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