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In this April 3, 2020 photo, a woman carrying a child walks past a closed courier business featuring a U.S. flag and the Spanish phrase:

Virus crisis cuts off billions sent to poor around the world

Apr. 7, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Until a month ago, Diana Leticia Hernández sold face cream door to door in Miami. Her husband painted houses. The money fed their family and at least six relatives in Honduras. Hernández has sold nothing since last month due to fear and social-distancing restrictions in South...

FILE- This Oct. 9, 2018, file photo shows an oil rig and pump jack in Midland, Texas.  Goldman Sachs is warning of another sharp drop in oil prices, Thursday, March 26, 2020, saying some oil producers are eventually going to have to shut some wells because the coronavirus outbreak is crushing demand. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP, File, File)

Saudi Arabia sharply rebukes Russia over oil price collapse

Apr. 4, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia sharply criticized Russia on Saturday over what it described as Moscow blaming the kingdom for the collapse in global energy prices, showing the tensions ahead of an emergency meeting of OPEC and other oil producers. Oil prices sharply fell after the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Armco and stock market officials celebrate during the official ceremony marking the debut of Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) on the Riyadh's stock market, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's oil company Aramco said Wednesday, march 11, 2020, it will increase production capacity to 13 million barrels per day, up from 12 million per day, part of a strategy to dominate market share amid a slowdown in demand due to the outbreak of a new virus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

Apr. 2, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

DUBAI (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will dramatically cut production and end an oil war that sent energy prices to record lows. But the Kremlin disputed part of his tweet, leading to skepticism that a deal was imminent. A global glut in production,...

Muslims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Few worshippers were allowed to enter after dawn prayers to circumambulate the Kaaba over fears of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus

Apr. 1, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior Saudi official Wednesday urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year — comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In February, the kingdom took the...

Palestinian workers distribute food supplies from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to a house, in the Sheikh Redwan neighborhood of Gaza City, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The UN has resumed food deliveries to thousands of impoverished families in the Gaza Strip after a three-week delay caused by fears of the coronavirus (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

UN begins home food drops for Gaza's needy to stem virus

Mar. 31, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.N. aid agency Tuesday began delivering food to the homes of impoverished Palestinians instead of making them pick up such parcels at crowded distribution centers — part of an attempt to prevent a mass outbreak of the new coronavirus in the densely populated Gaza...

Saudi forces destroy missile fired over capital Riyadh

Mar. 28, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the capital around midnight, state media said early Sunday. Residents of Riyadh reported on social media hearing loud explosions in the middle of the night. Minutes later, state media...

An emergency hospital is set up with nine hundreds beds for coronavirus infected patients, in the Expo Center, Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The virus 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. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

Mar. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. Across the Middle East and elsewhere, the outbreak has raised concerns that health systems strapped by multiple wars,...

A street musician sings and plays music on an empty lane in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Iran is battling the worst new coronavirus outbreak in the region and authorities have advised people to stay at home and trying to enforce new policy imposing the kinds of lockdowns when the country spending the new year holidays. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Curfews extended as USAID declares aid suspension in Yemen

Mar. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — As countries across the Middle East tighten restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development said Thursday that it would suspend humanitarian aid to parts of Yemen over restrictions by the Houthi rebels that predate...

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi King Salman, chairs a video call of world leaders from the Group of 20 and other international bodies and organizations, from his office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The meeting is aimed at coordinating the global response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has shuttered businesses and forced well over a quarter of the world's population into home isolation. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call

Mar. 26, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that "we are at war with a virus — and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders,...

In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends G-20 virtual summit to discuss the coronavirus disease outbreak at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually to coordinate a response to the fast-spreading new coronavirus. 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. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP)

The G20 video call: In virus era, even summits are virtual

Mar. 26, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The face-to-face tension among foes was gone. So was the in-person camaraderie among allies. Gone were the impromptu and urgent “bilats” — bilateral meetings between leaders to iron out a sticking point. Gone was the image of one leader leaning over another seated...