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An Israeli man stands on his hands on an empty road during a lockdown following government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country's virus outbreak, but offered citizens some hope by saying he expects to lift widespread restrictions after the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

AP Week in Pictures, Middle East

Apr. 9, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

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 April 2-8, 2020. This week’s selection includes scenes across the region, where the coronavirus has changed the course of daily...

Pakistan's army says it shot down Indian drone in Kashmir

Apr. 9, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military said Thursday its troops shot down a small Indian spy drone after it violated the country's airspace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. In a statement, it said Pakistani troops downed the drone when it “intruded 600 meters inside Pakistan's territory"...

Health workers collect a specimen at a drive-thru testing and screening facility for the coronavirus, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, April 6, 2020. Authorities in Pakistan's Sindh province established the first ever drive-thru coronavirus testing facility in Pakistan as part of to control the spread of pandemic coronavirus in the province. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Military promises Pakistani doctors gear to fight virus

Apr. 7, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military promised Tuesday that dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for protesting a lack of protective equipment needed to treat the growing number of coronavirus cases will get the equipment they need. The 47 doctors protested in Quetta, the capital of...

Pakistani security forces kill 7 militants near Afghanistan

Apr. 7, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces acting on intelligence raided two militant hideouts in former Taliban strongholds in the country's northwest near Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing seven militants, the military said. In a statement, the military said four militants were killed in the first...

FILE- A 1972 file photo of Bangladesh Premier, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Police in Bangladesh on Tuesday arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Rahman nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. (AP Photo, File)

Bangladesh arrests fugitive killer of independence leader

Apr. 7, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday, nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. Abdul Majed, a former military captain, was arrested in the capital,...

File - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, Iraqi health ministry workers pray by a coffin of a person who died from coronavirus at a new cemetery for the people who died from Covid-19 outside the town of Najaf, Iraq. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved families have faced traumatic restrictions on burying their dead amid the pandemic. Religion and customs that require speedy burials in the largely Muslim region have clashed with fears of COVID-19 contagion and government-mandated lockdowns. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File)

Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion

Apr. 7, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots...

People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 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/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

Apr. 7, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners indefinitely...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. Some 200,000 Afghans and counting have returned from Iran to their home country after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic or out of fear of getting infected. They are flowing across the border from a country that has one of the world's worst outbreak to an impoverished nation that is woefully unprepared to deal with the virus. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi, File)

From Iran's hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

Apr. 6, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no money, was afraid of contracting the virus and had no options. So he headed home. He joined a large...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban in a statement Sunday, April 5, 2020, said  that a peace deal they signed with the United States is near breaking point accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while chastising the Afghan government for dithering on the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, promised in the agreement. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed, File)

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

Apr. 6, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban said their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while also chastising the Afghan government for delaying the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners promised in the...