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UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Jul. 8, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Russian resolution that would have limited the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest to one crossing point from Turkey was defeated in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. The resolution needed a minimum of nine “yes" votes in the 15-member...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Fauci cautiously optimistic on COVID vaccine

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The leading U.S. infectious disease expert says he is cautiously optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine with some degree of effectiveness will be successfully developed by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci told a U.N. event Wednesday that Moderna’s...

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Jul. 8, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks. Calling the...

Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of Hisham al-Hashimi during his funeral, in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July, 7, 2020. Al-Hashimi, an Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups, was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

Jul. 8, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful Iran-backed militia said Wednesday there would be “escalation” if Iraq's prime minister continues to clamp down on armed groups, as tensions spiked following the killing of a prominent analyst, pitting the state against rogue elements. Hostilities have flared as...

Hezbollah supporters scuffle with Lebanese army soldiers while protesting the visit by Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, outside ​​the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese man who financed Hezbollah in US returns home

Jul. 8, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported. Kassim Tajideen was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for...

A Qatar Airways aircraft is parked at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci international airport, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Rome airport authorities have refused to let 112 Bangladeshi passengers off a plane that landed from Qatar as Italy tightens restrictions on people arriving from coronavirus hotspots. The 112 Bangladeshis were among 205 passengers who arrived Wednesday aboard a Qatar Airways flight that originated in Pakistan and stopped in Doha, Qatar. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italy cracks down on Bangladesh amid virus concerns

Jul. 8, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — More than 100 Bangladeshis who arrived at Rome’s airport Wednesday were refused entry as Italy tightens restrictions on travel from coronavirus hotspots in a bid to prevent new infection clusters in the onetime European epicenter of the outbreak. The 112 Bangladeshis were among 205...

Turkey: Rescuers find wreck of missing migrant boat in lake

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish search-and-rescue teams on Wednesday located the wreck of a boat that was reported missing in a lake in eastern Turkey with up to 60 migrants on board, officials said. The boat was reported missing in Lake Van in stormy weather on June 27. Authorities estimated the boat was...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020 file photo, a cell phone shop owner wears gloves as he counts U.S. dollars, in Beirut, Lebanon. A financial meltdown has thrown its people into a frantic search for dollars as the local currency's value evaporates. Long, raucous lines mass outside exchange bureaus to buy rationed dollars. Many try to rescue their dollars trapped in bank accounts frozen by the government. Purchases of real estate have shot up as Lebanese search for places to save their wealth from spiraling exchange rates. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Hottest commodity in Lebanon's economic chaos: The US dollar

Jul. 8, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lines snaked around the block. Then they swelled to fill the whole street, before they turned into a raucous mob of men shoving to the front of the line. There at the exchange bureau, they could buy rationed dollars, the hottest commodity in Lebanon. The small Mediterranean...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, watches flight operations on board the USS Harry S. Truman in the North Arabian Sea. Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, McKenzie is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller, but enduring military presence in Iraq. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor, File)

US general sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq

Jul. 8, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the Middle East is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller but enduring military presence there. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the...

A Palestinian security unit mans a checkpoint at an entrance of in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, July 2, 2020. The Palestinian Authority has announced a five-day total lockdown in the West Bank starting Friday, in response to a major increase in coronavirus cases and deaths in recent days. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Wedding season brings new virus outbreak in West Bank

Jul. 8, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — By the end of May, the Palestinian Authority appeared to have quashed a coronavirus outbreak in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with only around 400 confirmed cases and just two fatalities in the territory, following a nearly three-month lockdown. Then the wedding invitations...