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Supporters of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamist political party, carry a cutout of French President Emmanuel Macron with a garland of footwear around it as they protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday called for boycotts of French products and for protests over the caricatures, but Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Thousands in Bangladesh protest against French cartoons

Oct. 27, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Around 10,000 people in Bangladesh rallied in the South Asian nation's capital on Tuesday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. Protesters from the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 3, 2020, FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of the UEFA governing body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, and according to a statement FIFA says Infantino “has reported mild symptoms, has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for ten days.” (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

FIFA president Infantino tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that Infantino has mild symptoms and "has immediately placed himself in self-isolation and will remain in quarantine at least for 10 days.” People who have come into...

UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security Mariam al-Muhairi, left, receives a gift from Erel Margalit, founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners, JVP, at the headquarter of the Government Accelerators in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Another plane full of Israeli business people excited about their newfound access to the UAE has touched down in Dubai this week. It's the latest whirlwind trip seeking to cash in on a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the countries. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Israeli delegations bask in UAE glow, even as details few

Oct. 27, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another plane full of Israeli business people excited about their newfound access to the United Arab Emirates touched down in Dubai this week, the latest whirlwind trip seeking to cash in on a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the countries. But like the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, an Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airport is getting busier but it’s a long way from what it once was amid the coronavirus pandemic. To boost those numbers, airport CEO Paul Griffiths is urging countries to move away from mandatory quarantines on arriving passengers and toward the strategy embraced by Dubai. That includes aggressive coronavirus testing before departure, followed by mandatory mask-wearing on aircraft. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

CEO: Dubai airport preps for possible 'slow' virus recovery

Oct. 27, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, is getting busier. But it's a long way from what it once was amid the coronavirus pandemic as it prepares for a possible ”extended, slow recovery,” its CEO told The Associated Press. ...

FILE - Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan speaks during a military-backed rally in Omdurman district, west of Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Sudan’s leader said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 that the decision to normalize ties with Israel was an incentive for President Donald Trump’s administration to end Sudan’s international pariah status. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, told state television that without the deal Sudan would have had to wait until deep into next year to be removed from the U.S.'s list of state sponsors of terrorism. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, file)

Sudan’s leader: Israel deal 'incentive' to end pariah status

Oct. 26, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s leader said Monday that the decision to normalize ties with Israel was an incentive for President Donald Trump’s administration to end Sudan’s international pariah status. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, told state television that...

Palestinians push for international conference, US is open

Oct. 26, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister said Monday an international peace conference is the only way to generate momentum to bring Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement. The U.S. ambassador said the Trump administration has “no objection” to meeting...

A youth holds a photograph of France's President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second attack on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his attitude to Islam and Muslims, which prompted France to recall its ambassador to Ankara, Erdogan took aim at foreign critics. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

Oct. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and protests, as a clash over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and the limits of free speech intensified. Kuwaiti stores pulled French yogurts and bottles of sparkling...

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...

Israel's national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, bumps elbows with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani after signing an agreement in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Israel and Bahrain signed an agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations, making the Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli government approves Bahrain normalization deal

Oct. 25, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet approved the normalization deal with the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain on Sunday, a week after the two countries agreed to establish formal diplomatic ties. The deal next requires ratification by the Knesset, Israel’s 120-seat parliament. A date for that vote has...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference in Jerusalem.  Israel says, Friday, Oct. 23,  it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli leader confirms consent to US arms sales to UAE

Oct. 24, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday appeared to confirm that Israel has given its consent for the United States to sell F35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates following a recent agreement establishing diplomatic relations between the Mideast countries. The expected...