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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, stands with his lawyers inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020. He is the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank

May. 25, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies. The Palestinians, with wide international backing, seek the...

Dominic Cummings, senior aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, makes a statement inside 10 Downing Street, London, Monday May 25, 2020, over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Majority of shops in England can reopen in June

May. 25, 2020 2:48 PM 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: — Vast majority of shops in England will be allowed to reopen...

In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 photo, Kim Burgess, the mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, holds a muddy American flag after a dam failure destroyed a war memorial last week in Stanford, Mich. Burgess is pledging to rebuild the memorial. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Fallen soldier's mom: We will rebuild memorial lost to flood

May. 25, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — The mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq is pledging to rebuild a war memorial that was destroyed by a dam failure in central Michigan. “I sat there and cried,” Kim Burgess said after visiting the scene in Sanford last week. “I just felt like I had let our...

Police officers wearing face masks for protection against the new coronavirus, patrol during a four-day curfew declared by the government in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Turkey's senior citizens were allowed to leave their homes for a third time as the country continues to ease some coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Seyit Ali Unal)

Turkey records 29 deaths, 987 new COVID-19 cases

May. 25, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s health minister announced 29 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 4,369. Fahrettin Koca also tweeted Monday that 987 new infections were confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections has reached 157,814. More than 120,000 people have...

A woman speaks on her phone as she shops for Ramadan lanterns ahead of the holy month, in the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Ramadan begins with the new moon later this week and Muslims all around the world are trying to work out how to maintain the many cherished rituals of Islam's holiest month during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt's doctors criticize government over virus 'negligence'

May. 25, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s medical union on Monday blamed the government for increasing levels of coronavirus infections and deaths among healthcare professionals, its sharpest criticism yet of the country’s handling of the pandemic. Citing growing frustration over a lack of protective equipment,...

People push a car that ran out of gas to a state-run oil company PDVSA filling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 25, 2020. The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent from Iran this week is expected to temporarily ease Venezuela's fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two U.S. foes. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline

May. 25, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves. The gasoline shipments are...

UN: Libya coast guard intercepts, detains about 400 migrants

May. 25, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital of Tripoli from where they were taken to a detention center, the U.N. migration agency said Monday. Safa Msehli, a...

Reports: Russian mediation reopens major highway in NE Syria

May. 25, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Traffic returned to a major highway in northeastern Syria for the first time in seven months on Monday, following Russian mediation to reopen parts of the road captured last year by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. Syrian Kurdish media and a Syrian Kurdish official said several vehicles...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 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: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury bodies at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At the cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths

May. 24, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves were a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an...