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Saudi forces destroy missile fired over capital Riyadh

Mar. 28, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the capital around midnight, state media said early Sunday. Residents of Riyadh reported on social media hearing loud explosions in the middle of the night. Minutes later, state media...

An emergency hospital is set up with nine hundreds beds for coronavirus infected patients, in the Expo Center, Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, March 26, 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/K.M. Chaudhry)

China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

Mar. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. Across the Middle East and elsewhere, the outbreak has raised concerns that health systems strapped by multiple wars,...

A street musician sings and plays music on an empty lane in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Iran is battling the worst new coronavirus outbreak in the region and authorities have advised people to stay at home and trying to enforce new policy imposing the kinds of lockdowns when the country spending the new year holidays. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Curfews extended as USAID declares aid suspension in Yemen

Mar. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — As countries across the Middle East tighten restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development said Thursday that it would suspend humanitarian aid to parts of Yemen over restrictions by the Houthi rebels that predate...

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi King Salman, chairs a video call of world leaders from the Group of 20 and other international bodies and organizations, from his office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The meeting is aimed at coordinating the global response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has shuttered businesses and forced well over a quarter of the world's population into home isolation. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call

Mar. 26, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that "we are at war with a virus — and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders,...

In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends G-20 virtual summit to discuss the coronavirus disease outbreak at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually to coordinate a response to the fast-spreading new coronavirus. 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. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP)

The G20 video call: In virus era, even summits are virtual

Mar. 26, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The face-to-face tension among foes was gone. So was the in-person camaraderie among allies. Gone were the impromptu and urgent “bilats” — bilateral meetings between leaders to iron out a sticking point. Gone was the image of one leader leaning over another seated...

Medical workers oversee the disinfection of the streets to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Qamishli, Syria, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Aid group says Mideast lockdowns hinder humanitarian efforts

Mar. 25, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group said Wednesday that closures aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic are preventing it from reaching 300,000 people in conflict zones across the Middle East, as the virus arrived in war-torn Libya and case counts rose in Syria and the Gaza Strip, among the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer walks past a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the one-year anniversary of his death. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Khashoggi. All suspects however, have left Turkey and Saudi Arabia has rejected Turkish calls for their return to face trial in Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing

Mar. 25, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, officials said Wednesday. A statement from the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, an armed Saudi soldier holds a walkie-talkie near Mukalla, Yemen, at an airport now serving as a military base for the United Arab Emirates. In a new report released Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of committing grave abuses against civilians in an eastern province of Yemen over the past year, including torture, forced disappearances and detention. The New York-based watchdog presented chilling testimony from former detainees in Yemen’s remote eastern province of al-Mahrah, which borders Saudi Arabia and Oman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Human rights group accuses Saudi forces in Yemen of abuses

Mar. 25, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi military forces have committed grave abuses against civilians in an eastern province of Yemen over the past year, including torture, forced disappearances and arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. The New York-based watchdog presented chilling...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Yazan, 1, sits with his mother before his heart surgery at the Tajoura National Heart Center in Tripoli, Libya. Yazan's odyssey from his small desert hometown to the hospital barely skirted the war's front lines. In conflict zones across the Middle East, the specter of the coronavirus looms large. Authorities in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip warn that health care systems gutted by years of war and unrest have left millions of people doubly vulnerable to the pandemic. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast

Mar. 24, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the U.N.-backed government announced, stoking concern that an outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country's already weakened health care system. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the Middle East, countries have...

Palestinian security forces are deployed to enforce new government measures against the coronavirus, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, March 23, 2020. On Sunday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh declared a two week set of strict precautionary measures that include confining residents to their homes, restricting movement between cities and deploying security forces, along with other measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case

Mar. 23, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians rushed to stock up on food and fuel Monday amid fears that authorities would resort to even stricter measures after reporting the first coronavirus infection in the country, where the health care system has been decimated by nearly a decade of civil war. The arrival of the...