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Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 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: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

FILE - In this May 16, 2020, file photo, a Muslim gives well wishes while he lives, prays and sleeps in isolation in a mosque during Itikaf, the last ten days of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims worldwide will celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus. The three-day Eid al-Fitr, expected to begin Saturday or Sunday, marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Virus fallout dampens spirits as Muslims mark major holiday

May. 22, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslims worldwide will celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration. The three-day Eid al-Fitr marks the end...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Building a genocide case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — It was clear he was in charge when he entered the wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State militants. He beat them at the slightest sign of resistance. At one point, he...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Investigators build a case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — He was burly, with piercing blue eyes, and it was clear he was in charge when he entered the Galaxy, a wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State group militants. He walked...

Iraq military: Rocket hit Baghdad Green Zone, minor damages

May. 19, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A rocket struck Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government, early on Tuesday morning, according to an Iraqi military statement, the first attack on the area since a new prime minister was sworn in earlier this month. The Katyusha rocket hit an empty house, causing...

UN team reports new evidence against Islamic State in Iraq

May. 18, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigative team says it has made “significant progress” in collecting new sources of evidence in Iraq against Islamic State extremists, including over 2 million call records that should strengthen cases against perpetrators of crimes against the Yazidi minority...

People shop in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Ramadan begins with the new moon later this week, Muslims all around the world are trying to work out how to maintain the many cherished rituals of Islam's holiest month. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq faces full local lockdowns as virus cases jump

May. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will impose a complete lockdown on some areas of the capital, the country's new health minister said on Monday, amid an uptick in coronavirus cases in recent weeks since curfew hours were relaxed. The new government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn into power just two...

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows 42-year-old Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, who was arrested earlier this year in Arizona as part of an extradition request made by the Iraqi government. Ahmed, a native of Iraq who became a U.S. citizen in 2015, is charged with murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of two police officers in Fallujah. A hearing is scheduled Friday, May 15, 2020, in Phoenix to determine whether he should be jailed until his extradition case is over. Ahmed has denied involvement with any terror group and in the killings. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Feds: Man charged in 2006 Iraq slayings should remain jailed

May. 15, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors say an Iraqi immigrant arrested three months ago in Arizona on charges of participating in the 2006 killings of two police officers in Iraq should remain jailed until his extradition case concludes because he is at risk of fleeing and poses a danger to the community. Prosecutors...

This May 13, 2020, picture provided by Dr. Marwa al-Khafaji shows the doctor back at work after 20 days in isolation after she tested positive for the coronavirus at a hospital in Karbala, Iraq. Dr. Marwa al-Khafaji’s homecoming from a hospital isolation ward was tainted by spite. Someone had barricaded her family home’s gate with a concrete block.  The message from the neighbors was clear: She had survived coronavirus, but the stigma of having had the disease would be a more pernicious fight. (AP Photo)

Iraqi doctor's fight with virus lays bare a battered system

May. 15, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dr. Marwa al-Khafaji’s homecoming after 20 days in a hospital isolation ward was met by spite. Someone had barricaded her family home’s gate with a concrete block. The message from the neighbors was clear: She had survived coronavirus, but the stigma surrounding the disease...

People shop at a supermarket as they begin to stock up on provisions, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Lebanese rushed to food stores to stock up on vegetables and basic items, hours before the government was to reinstate a four-day nationwide lockdown on Wednesday, following a spike in reported coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon to reinstate total lockdown amid spike in infections

May. 13, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese rushed to food stores to stock up on vegetables and basic items, hours before the government reinstated a nationwide lockdown Wednesday, following a spike in reported coronavirus cases. The government called on the public to stay home for four days starting Wednesday evening and...