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FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of Hisham al-Hashimi during his funeral, in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July, 7, 2020. Al-Hashimi, an Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups, was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Outspoken Iraqis fear rogue groups after analyst killed

Jul. 7, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The killing of a prominent security analyst who had received threats from Iran-backed militias has struck fear in the hearts of outspoken Iraqis concerned that they, too, could be targeted by armed groups. The death of Hisham al-Hashimi also highlighted the limits of Prime Minister Mustafa...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020 file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, over fears of the new coronavirus, the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Guidelines were announced Monday, July 6, 2020 as Saudi Arabia gets ready for the 1,000 or so pilgrims that will be allowed to perform the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca later this month. The experience will be unlike any before which usually draws some 2.5 million people. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilized pebbles

Jul. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has issued guidelines for about 1,000 pilgrims who will be allowed to perform the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca later this month, an experience that will be unlike any before because of the coronavirus pandemic. The pilgrims will only be able to drink holy water...

Security forces stand guard at the assassination scene of Hisham al-Hashimi, in Zeyouneh area, Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July, 7, 2020. An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups, al-Hashimi was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi expert on armed groups shot dead in Baghdad

Jul. 6, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias. Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, outside his home in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad, a family...

In this photo released by Israel Ministry of Defense Spokesperson's Office, the

With a view toward Iran, Israel launches spy satellite

Jul. 6, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said it successfully launched a new spy satellite into space on Monday as its leaders hinted it was behind a massive fire at an Iranian nuclear site last week — potentially ratcheting up a long-running covert war. If Israel was responsible for the fire at the heavily...

This photo released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran shows a building after it was damaged by a fire at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility

Jul. 5, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an...

A cleric wearing a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leads the noon prayer at a mosque in the the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Iran on Sunday instituted mandatory mask-wearing as fears mount over newly spiking reported deaths from the coronavirus, even as its public increasingly shrugs off the danger of the COVID-19 illness it causes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran mandates masks as public shrugs off resurgent virus

Jul. 5, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday instituted mandatory mask-wearing as fears mount over newly spiking reported deaths from the coronavirus, even as its public increasingly shrugs off the danger of the COVID-19 illness it causes. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicized an image of himself in a...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews wait to cross a closed road to go to their homes as they wear protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Ashdod, Israel, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Coronavirus restrictions have gone into effect in Israel after the number of new cases there hit a record high the previous day, while the West Bank prepares to go into lockdown. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Jul. 5, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel said Sunday it has ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas. Israel’s Health Ministry said...

A man cools off from the summer heat under an open air shower in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

Jul. 5, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the...

Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

Jul. 4, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical...