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In this March 26, 2020, photo, tourists play on a beach in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

Mar. 27, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo, Bayern fans wave flags and scarfs before their Champions League soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Munich, southern Germany. Even though the protests have stopped amid the coronavirus outbreak, many Bayern Munich fans are still pushing for their club to take its Qatari sponsor to task for human rights abuses in the country. Bayern is sponsored by state-owned carrier Qatar Airways and has been holding mid-season training camps in the Persian Gulf country since 2011.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, file)

Fans continue to question Bayern Munich's silence on Qatar

Mar. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Even though the protests have stopped amid the coronavirus outbreak, many Bayern Munich fans are still pushing for their club to take its Qatari sponsor to task for human rights abuses in the country. Bayern is sponsored by state-owned carrier Qatar Airways and has been holding mid-season...

A stranded German tourist sits inside a bus taking her to the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, March 27, 2020. A rescue flight arranged by the German government on Friday picked up tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this week, officials said. The airport reopened only for the flight, which did not bring any passengers to Nepal. Up to 10,000 tourists are believed to be stranded in Nepal since the government ordered a complete lockdown that halted all flights and road travel to prevent the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Germany sends plane to rescue stranded tourists from Nepal

Mar. 27, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue flight arranged by the German government on Friday picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this week, officials said. The Qatar Airways charter flight took off with 305 people on board, said Deo...

Family members cry after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city on Wednesday, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

Mar. 25, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for several hours while Afghan special...

French President Emmanuel Macron wears a face mask during his visit at the military field hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron launched a special military operation Wednesday to help fight the new virus in one of the world's hardest-hit countries. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Mathieu Cugnot/Pool via AP)

France pulls out military forces in Iraq amid virus demands

Mar. 25, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France is pulling out its military forces from Iraq as French forces are increasingly called upon to help fight the coronavirus at home. The chief of staff of the French armed forces said in a statement Wednesday night that France is suspending its anti-terrorism training operations in Iraq...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Yazan, 1, sits with his mother before his heart surgery at the Tajoura National Heart Center in Tripoli, Libya. Yazan's odyssey from his small desert hometown to the hospital barely skirted the war's front lines. In conflict zones across the Middle East, the specter of the coronavirus looms large. Authorities in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip warn that health care systems gutted by years of war and unrest have left millions of people doubly vulnerable to the pandemic. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast

Mar. 24, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the U.N.-backed government announced, stoking concern that an outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country's already weakened health care system. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the Middle East, countries have...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, stands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 23, 2020. Pompeo was in Kabul on an urgent visit Monday to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes despite the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)

US slashes aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo visit to Kabul

Mar. 23, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is slashing $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan and threatening further reductions in all forms of cooperation after the country's rival leaders failed to agree on forming a new government. The decision to cut the aid was made on Monday by Secretary of State...

The streets of the Jordanian Capital are seen empty after the start of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, in Amman, Jordan,Saturday, March 21, 2020.  Air raid sirens have echoed across Jordan's capital to mark the start of a three-day curfew. It's the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jordan goes on virus lockdown as Iran's death toll mounts

Mar. 21, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Air raid sirens echoed across Jordan's capital Saturday to mark the start of a three-day curfew, the latest mass lockdown in the Middle East aimed at containing the coronavirus, which has claimed another 123 lives in Iran, home to the region's worst outbreak. The latest deaths bring...

File - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, passengers wear protective masks walk in their way to their plane in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon. With thousands of flights grounded around the world due to a fast-spreading virus and seven countries in the Middle East suspending all commercial flights, airlines in the region have lost more than $7 billion in revenue, the aviation industry's largest trade association said Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Mideast airlines lose $7B as airports shut to combat virus

Mar. 19, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Seven Middle Eastern countries have suspended all commercial flights due to the fast-spreading new coronavirus, as the aviation industry's largest trade association announced Thursday that airlines in the region have already lost more than $7 billion in revenue. Those...

The Latest: Baylor coach Drew focused on players, not missed Ntourney

Mar. 18, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): ___ 7:30 p.m. Baylor coach Scott Drew says his focus since the NCAA Tournament was canceled has been on taking care of his players, not about what might have been for the Bears on the court. “Making sure they're...