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People wearing protective clothings, masks and gloves, attend the funeral of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus, at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 30, 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/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantine

Mar. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. Israel meanwhile announced that...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, technicians walk at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On Monday, March 30, 2020, the organizers of Expo 2020 recommended postponing the world's fair until next years over the new coronavirus pandemic. Dubai has already spent billions of dollars on the world's fair, which was supposed to take place in October. The ultimate decision over the event will be made by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions, which had awarded the fair to Dubai in 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Dubai Expo 2020 recommends postponing a year amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's Expo 2020 should be postponed to next year over the new coronavirus pandemic, local organizers recommended Monday, pushing back a world's fair that the sheikhdom has bet billions of dollars on to rejuvenate its troubled economy. The ultimate decision over the...

This undated photo provided by the Academy of American Poets shows Threa Almontaser, the 2020 Walt Whitman Award Winner. (Jawaher Ali/Threa Almontaser/Courtesy of Academy of American Poets via AP)

Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser wins Whitman award

Mar. 30, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. Almontaser's “The Wild Fox of Yemen” comes out in April 2021. Presented by the Academy of American Poets, the award includes a six-week residency in Umbria, Italy, and $5,000. In...

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...

Int his Thursday, March 19, 2020 photo, a man smokes waterpipe at Tahrir square, Baghdad, Iraq. As the coronavirus spreads across the Middle East, cherished traditions are coming to an abrupt halt: no more coffee shops where men gather to play cards and backgammon. And most importantly, no more smoking of the beloved shisha, or waterpipe, in public places. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt halt

Mar. 28, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Under the sign “Take out only” and a tall bottle of antiseptic by his side, Mazin Hashim, 54, rearranged the coals heating a water pipe outside his famed cafe in Baghdad. He put up the placard to satisfy recent government restrictions on movement and gatherings that are aimed...

People in protective clothing walk past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the Iranian army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's army sets up hospital in capital as virus toll climbs

Mar. 27, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced another 144 deaths from the coronavirus on Friday and said thousands more were in critical condition as the military completed work on a 2,000-bed field hospital in an exhibition center in the capital. Iran has reported nearly 2,400 deaths among more than 32,000 cases....

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...

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 Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an update on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Communist guerrillas in the Philippines said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, they would observe a ceasefire in compliance with the U.N. chief Guterres' call for a global halt in armed clashes during the coronavirus pandemic. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN chief says some warring groups heed call for cease-fires

Mar. 25, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday welcomed calls by some groups for immediate cease-fires in their conflicts because of the coronavirus, saying he sees “a clear conscience emerging” that it is time to concentrate on the war against the pandemic. He...

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...