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Saudi forces destroy missile fired over capital RiyadhSaudi Arabia's Air Defense Forces say they have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the capital
The Associated Press2 hours ago
People sit at distance to receive relief goods during a nation-wide lockdown to contain outbreak of the coronavirus, in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, March 27, 2020. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreakChina has sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies to help fight the spread of the coronavirus in the nation of 220 million people
The Associated Press14 hours ago
With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt haltAs the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the Middle East, cherished traditions are coming to an abrupt halt: No more massive weddings and celebrations
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Syria, UAE leaders discuss coronavirus, a thaw in relationsSyria's president and one of the United Arab Emirates' most powerful leaders have spoken on the phone, signalling a major thaw in Damascus' troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israel says Gaza militants fired rocket at Israeli townIsrael says Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a rocket into the country's south
The Associated Press1 day ago
Palestinian policeman mans a checkpoint to receive and register laborers exiting an Israeli army checkpoint, on their way home at the end of a day work in Israel, part of a strict precautionary measures to contain coronavirus outbreak, near the bordering West Bank village of Nilin, west of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Iran's army sets up hospital in capital as virus toll climbsIran has confirmed another 144 deaths from the coronavirus and says thousands more are in critical condition as the military completed work on a 2,000-bed field hospital in an exhibition center in the capital, Tehran
The Associated Press1 day ago
In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many frontsAt 20, Malak el-Kashif is perhaps Egypt’s most outspoken transgender woman activist
The Associated Press1 day ago
In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundredsAn Iranian doctor says hundreds have died and thousands have been sickened from ingesting toxic methanol across the Islamic Republic out of the false belief it kills the new coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israeli parliament chooses Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz as new speaker, in unexpected step that could signal unity dealIsraeli parliament chooses Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz as new speaker, in unexpected step that could signal unity deal
The Associated Press2 days ago
Hundreds of tourists stranded in Moroccan lockdownHundreds of tourists who were traveling in Morocco in motorhomes have found themselves stranded in a parking lot near a Tangier highway that authorities turned into a makeshift quarantine center
The Associated Press2 days ago
Egypt expels Guardian reporter for challenging virus countEgypt has expelled a foreign journalist for a report citing a study that challenged the official count of coronavirus cases in the Arab world's most populous country
The Associated Press2 days ago
A man wears a mask as he checks his mobile phone while passing the emergency entrance of the government-run Rafik Hariri University Hospital where most of the Lebanese coronavirus cases are treated in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Curfews extended as USAID declares aid suspension in Yemen As countries across the Middle East tighten restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the U.S. Agency for International Development says it will suspend humanitarian aid to parts of Yemen over restrictions by the Houthi rebels that predate the pandemic
The Associated Press2 days ago
AP Week in Pictures, Middle East This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between March 19-25, 2020
The Associated Press2 days ago
‏A firefighter sprays disinfectant as a precaution‏ against the coronavirus at the Moshe Dayan Railway Station in Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel, Sunday, March 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Netanyahu rival becomes parliament speaker, signaling deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival has been chosen as the new speaker of parliament
The Associated Press2 days ago
A Revolutionary Guard member disinfects a car to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in downtown Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  Iran is battling the worst outbreak in the region and authorities have advised people to stay at home but have not imposed the kinds of lockdowns seen elsewhere. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video callThe head of the United Nations has told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit that "we are at war with a virus – and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders, shutter businesses and enforce home isolation for well over a quarter of the world's population
The Associated Press2 days ago
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