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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, some wearing face masks, inspect an etrog, a citrus fruit, to determine if it is ritually acceptable as one of the four items used as a symbol on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2020. The holiday commemorates the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert and a decorated hut is erected outside religious households as a sign of temporary shelter. The weeklong holiday begins on Friday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Israel limits protests, worship to curb virus

Oct. 1, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has approved a measure to limit protests and worship to within a kilometer (mile) of a person’s home, a controversial step to curb the spread of the coronavirus that critics say is aimed at quashing weekly protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Father, son from U.S. charged with joining Islamic State

Sep. 30, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A father and son accused of traveling from the U.S. to Syria and joining the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham are facing terrorism charges in South Florida, prosecutors said. Emraan Ali, 53, a U.S. citizen born in Trinidad & Tobago, and Jihad Ali, 19, a U.S. citizen born in New York, made...

Men sit on a curb alongside vehicles lined up to enter a gas station during a nation-side fuel crunch, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Sept 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela receives gasoline from Iran amid surge in protests

Sep. 30, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The second of three ships loaded with gasoline from Iran approached fuel-starved Venezuela on Wednesday amid simmering social unrest over a lack of goods and services that's sparked protests across the South American nation. More than 100 street demonstrations have flared up in...

In this image taken from video released by the Armenian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Armenian solders guard their position in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Armenia's Foreign Ministry in a statement

Azerbaijan, Armenia no closer to ending clashes after 4 days

Sep. 30, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, with statements from both sides indicating that the flare-up of a decades-old conflict that has killed dozens of people since...

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, left, talks during a news conference with her Cypriot countepart Nikos Christodoulides at the Cypriot Foreign Ministry building in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Laya said her visit aimed to convey her country's solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish gas search in waters were Cyprus claims exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Spain rebuffs Turkey's 'unilateral' gas search, backs Cyprus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Spain’s foreign minister on Wednesday said her country rejects Turkey’s unilateral search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, adding that such actions hinder a negotiated way out of a territorial dispute that has ratcheted up regional tensions. Spanish...

FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway during a women's rights campaign in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her son, Salah al-Haidar, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, is set to go on trial Thursday in a court established to try terrorism cases in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on charges related to alleged social media posts criticizing the government. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Trump is urged to intervene in trial of US-Saudi national

Sep. 30, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The trial of a U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national began Wednesday in Saudi Arabia in a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations. The case of Salah...

The new Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, center, performs the constitutional oath at the Kuwaiti National Assembly in Kuwait, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Kuwait's Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg)

Sheikh Nawaf sworn in as Kuwait's new ruling emir

Sep. 30, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in before parliament Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. At age 83, Sheikh Nawaf is not...

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Abdullah ended a three-day visit to Pakistan optimistic the uneasy neighbors had turned a corner away from a relationship marked by suspicion and downright hostility toward one akin to a partnership for peace in the region. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Envoy pushes Pakistan to press Taliban to lessen violence

Sep. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah ended a three-day visit to Pakistan on Wednesday optimistic the uneasy neighbors have turned a corner from a relationship marked by suspicion and downright hostility toward a partnership for peace in the region. In an interview in...

Kosovo: Woman faces terror charges over call for revenge

Sep. 30, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Wednesday charged a local woman with inciting terrorism for allegedly posting on social media that unspecified “revenge” should follow the U.S. killing of two Iranian military officials. A statement from the prosecutors' office said that in...