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Ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing face masks during a morning prayer in a synagogue separated by plastic partitions, follow new government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Sept 18, 2020. Israel is set to go back into a three-week lockdown later Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount

Sep. 18, 2020 4:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is set to go back into a full lockdown later Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. The three-week lockdown beginning at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) will include the closure of many...

Security forces stand guard after an attack near the American Institute for English Learning in Najaf, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. An IED attack on the American Institute for English Learning in southern Iraq caused major damage without casualties in the early hours on Friday. according to Iraq security officials. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Blast targets 'American' English school in southern Iraq

Sep. 18, 2020 4:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An improvised explosive device blew up outside an English-language institute in southern Iraq early Friday without causing any casualties, Iraqi police said in a statement, amid a recent uptick in attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq. The blast damaged the facade of the American...

In this Nov. 14, 2008, file photo, a woman receives a bag of maize meal from the World Food Program in the town of Rutshuru, eastern Congo. The World Food Program chief warned Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and he urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

UN food chief urges rich to help keep millions from starving

Sep. 18, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Food Program chief warned Thursday that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and he urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival. The U.N....

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi speaks to media before the

US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women

Sep. 18, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan warned that extremists groups are planning attacks against a “variety of targets” but are taking particular aim at women. The warning didn't specify which organizations were plotting the attacks. But it comes as the Taliban and...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Central Wisconsin Airport, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Mosinee, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump heats up culture war in appeal to Wisconsin voters

Sep. 18, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric Thursday on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago. Making his fifth visit to the pivotal battleground state this year, Trump views success in the...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Central Wisconsin Airport, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Mosinee, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump heats up culture war in appeal to Wisconsin voters

Sep. 17, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric Thursday on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago. Making his fifth visit to the pivotal battleground state this year, Trump views success in the...

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2009 file photo, shows Roumieh Prison, in the Beirut suburb of Roumieh, Lebanon. The head of the country's doctors union warned Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 that Roumieh, Lebanon's largest prison, is witnessing an alarming spread of coronavirus cases with more than 200 detainees testing positive recently and more could get the infection as many of them are not abiding by preventive measures. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Virus hits Lebanese prison as inmates jockey for release

Sep. 17, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s largest prison grappled with an alarming coronavirus outbreak on Thursday as many inmates refused to take preventative measures or get tested under the impression that catching the virus could speed up their release as part of a rumored general amnesty, the head of the...

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  A raging coronavirus outbreak is casting a shadow over the normally festive Jewish New Year. With health officials recommending a nationwide lockdown, traditional family gatherings will be muted, synagogue prayers will be limited to small groups and roads will be empty.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year

Sep. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana is a Jewish tradition to symbolize a sweet start of the New Year. But in Israel, bitterness prevails on the eve of the holiday as the country faces a second nationwide lockdown to stem a raging coronavirus outbreak. Israeli Prime Minister...

Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film

Man of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame denied bail in terrorism case

Sep. 17, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” saying the terrorism and other charges against him are serious and he should remain in detention for another 30 days. Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen and U.S....