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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, people wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran, Iran. As a new wave of coronavirus infections engulfed Iran this month, filling hospitals and driving up the death toll, the country's health minister gave a rare speech criticizing the government's powerlessness to enforce basic health measures. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Wary of angering public, Iran has few ways to contain virus

Oct. 26, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As coronavirus infections reached new heights in Iran this month, overwhelming its hospitals and driving up its death toll, the country’s health minister gave a rare speech criticizing his own government’s refusal to enforce basic health measures. “We...

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wearing a mask to protect against COVID-19,  attends a meeting with National Corona Headquarters, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's top leader says fighting virus trumps other concerns

Oct. 24, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader Saturday urged authorities to prioritize public health above any economic or security concerns, amid the Mideast's worst outbreak of the coronavirus. Iran's death toll from the global pandemic topped 32,000 this week. The government has resisted a total...

In this Oct. 15, 2020 file photo, people wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran, Iran. On Monday, Oct.19, 2020, Iran recorded its worst day of new deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 337 confirmed dead. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

As virus surges, Iran breaks one-day record for deaths again

Oct. 19, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s single-day death toll from the coronavirus smashed a record set less than a week ago, with 337 dead confirmed Monday as a resurgence of infections is overwhelming hospitals. On social media, Iranian news outlets dramatically dubbed the day “Black Monday” and...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, photo provided by the Iranian Health Ministry, medics tend to a COVID-19 patient at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Iran. Iran is confronting a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. (Akbar Badrkhani/Iranian Health Ministry via AP)

Months into pandemic, Iran sees worst wave of virus deaths

Oct. 15, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. The single-day death toll hit a record high three times this week. Eight months after the pandemic first stormed Iran, pummeling its...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 file photo, people wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in downtown Tehran, Iran. For the second day in a row, Iran announced Monday its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus with 272 people killed. The announcement by Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari saw Iran also give its single-day highest count of new cases with 4,206 new patients.(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran shatters its single-day record for virus deaths, cases

Oct. 12, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the second day in a row, Iran shattered its single-day record for new deaths and infections from the coronavirus, with 272 people confirmed dead among more than 4,200 new cases on Monday. Like in many other countries, the spiraling outbreak in Iran reflects the government's...

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 sanctions

Sep. 22, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Grappling with a weakened economy and the Middle East's worst coronavirus outbreak, Iran's president delivered a defiant and fiery speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly as he insisted it would be the United States that surrenders to Iran's resilience. Hassan...

Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, center left, elbow bumps with an Emirati official as he leaves Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool via AP)

UAE's warm welcome to Israelis reflects changing region

Sep. 1, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In less than 24 hours on the ground, Israel’s first-of-its-kind delegation to the United Arab Emirates received a warm welcome that would have been nearly unthinkable just a few weeks ago. Dozens of Israeli officials and their accompanying traveling press corps...

An official stands at the door of an Israeli El Al airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The Star of David-adorned El Al plane landed in Abu Dhabi after flying in from Israel, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation to Abu Dhabi in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates. The Israeli flag carrier’s flight Monday marks the implementation of the historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two nations. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP)

With Kushner in UAE, Iran's leader decries Israel-UAE ties

Sep. 1, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jared Kushner and U.S. officials visited a major air base in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, speaking to Emirati and American pilots on the tarmac, as Iran's supreme leader called the UAE's recognition of Israel “treason that will not last for...