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VIRUS DIARY: In Saudi Arabia, a photographer finds new focus

Jul. 9, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — I moved to Saudi Arabia from Egypt last year, eager to photograph a national awakening that was once unimaginable in a country so beholden to ultraconservative mores. Permission to have fun had been suddenly granted. It jolted this nation of 34 million — almost half of...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020 file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia after authorities emptied Islam's holiest site for sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus. Saudi Arabia said Tuesday, June 22, 2020 this year’s hajj will not be canceled, but that due to the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million people from around the world to Mecca once a year. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia to hold 'very limited' hajj due to virus

Jun. 22, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million Muslims from around the world. The decision comes after weeks of...

A mosque official takes the temperature reading of a man entering the Cut Meutia mosque to attend a Friday prayer amid concerns of coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, June 5, 2020. Muslims in Indonesia's capital held their first communal Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus outbreak for nine weeks reopened at half capacity. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The Latest: COVID-19 in New Mexico healthcare workers spikes

Jun. 8, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Data from the New Mexico Health Department shows COVID-19 infections among health care workers in the state have spiked as intensive care units remain full and nurses and first responders call for more protective equipment. The data shows 492 workers were diagnosed in May, marking a...

People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus walk at a government event aiming to stimulate consumer demand and consumption in Beijing, Saturday, June 6, 2020. China's capital is lowering its emergency response level to the second-lowest starting Saturday for the coronavirus pandemic. That will lift most restrictions on people traveling to Beijing from Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province, where the virus first appeared late last year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China has 1st non-imported infection in 2 weeks

Jun. 6, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported its first non-imported case of the new coronavirus in two weeks, an infected person on the island of Hainan off the southern coast. The National Health Commission said Sunday that there were also five imported cases in the previous 24-hour period, bringing the nation’s...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2006 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, applaud after Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel, center, made a speech during a meeting at the Ottoman era Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Billionaire Saudi businessman Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who founded the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, has died at the age of 79. His business empire grew in the late 1960′s, at the same time that the kingdom was using its oil wealth to rapidly develop and in need of homegrown companies to build roads, highways and cities. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, File)

Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

May. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Billionaire Saudi businessman Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who founded the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, has died, according to relatives quoted in the kingdom’s media. He was 79. People close to Kamel told The Associated Press he died at the Dr....