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FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, an official wearing a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic operates a temperature screening point at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Virus projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

Jul. 9, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms. Experts believe the UAE has one of the highest per capita concentrations of surveillance cameras in the world....

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...

Kayakers race in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, June 19, 2020. Dubai has begun allowing organized sports competitions to take place after locking down over the coronavirus pandemic and the COVID-19 illness it causes. Competitions held Friday at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club were among the first events to be held. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

UAE orders government shakeup as virus erodes economic gains

Jul. 5, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced a wide-ranging government shakeup on Sunday aimed at creating a more flexible and modern bureaucracy to tackle challenges as the coronavirus and lower oil prices erode what was already sluggish economic growth. The UAE prime minister...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, front, and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz wearing face masks attend a graduation ceremony for new pilots in Hatzerim air force base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, Israel, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, Pool)

Israel says it reached deal with UAE to jointly fight virus

Jun. 25, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that his government and the United Arab Emirates will soon announce a partnership in the fight against the coronavirus. The deal, which the UAE later said involved two private companies, comes despite recent warnings from UAE...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the area where a new neighborhood is to be built in the East Jerusalem settlement of Har Homa. A senior Emirati official warned Wednesday, June 17, 2020 that Israel's planned annexation of parts of the West Bank could lead Arab states to call for a single binational state for Israelis and Palestinians. (Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP, File)

UAE official: Israel annexation may draw calls for one state

Jun. 17, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Emirati official warned Wednesday that Israel's planned annexation of parts of the West Bank could lead Arab states to call for a single bi-national state for Israelis and Palestinians. The Arab minister’s remarks, delivered to an influential Washington think tank, struck a...

Billboards shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and U.S President Donald Trump in Jerusalem, placed by Yesha Council, an organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Hebrew on billboard reads

UAE envoy warns Israeli annexation would 'upend' Arab ties

Jun. 12, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the U.S. on Friday warned Israel against annexing the Jordan Valley and other parts of the occupied West Bank, saying the move would “upend” Israel's efforts to improve ties with Arab countries. A former Israeli prime minister meanwhile...

The Latest: S Korea has 56 new COVID cases amid resurgence

Jun. 11, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of COVID-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a middle school in Chungju, South Korea, Monday, June 8, 2020. (In Jin-hyun/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: SKorea requires QR codes at 'high-risk' venues

Jun. 9, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 as officials begin requiring nightclubs, karaoke rooms and gyms to register their customers with smartphone QR codes so they could be easily located when needed. The figures from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on...

UAE flight lands in Israel with medical aid for Palestinians

Jun. 9, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Etihad Airways cargo plane carrying aid from the United Arab Emirates to help the Palestinians combat the coronavirus pandemic landed in Israel on Tuesday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said. It was the second direct commercial flight flew between the two countries in a month. The Boeing...