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FILE — In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 file photo, a cleric, right, assists a medic treating a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Qom, about 80 miles (125 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Nine out of 10 cases of the virus in the Middle East come from the Islamic Republic. Fears remain that Iran may be underreporting its cases. Days of denials gave the virus time to spread as the country marked the 41st anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution with mass demonstrations. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Mohammad Ali Marizad/Rasa News Agency via AP, File)

The Latest: Sri Lankan government imposes 2 1/2 day curfew

Mar. 20, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 244,000 people and killed more than 10,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. Almost 86,000 people have recovered so...

Republican Rep. William Herbkersman, R-Bluffton speaks to Rep. Beth Bernstein, D-Columbia as she practices social distancing in the South Carolina House on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House returned briefly to approve $45 million in emergency funds for state health officials to fight coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

$45M OKed for SC health to fight virus as courts suspended

Mar. 19, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a nearly empty Statehouse with especially worried members voting from the balcony, the South Carolina House approved $45 million Thursday for state health officials to fight the new coronavirus. Gov. Henry McMaster took the unheard of step of immediately signing the bill within 15...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. In a world gripped by a pandemic, global unrest and a fast-moving news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that the war in Syria is still happening. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Syrian war, rumbling into 10th year, still has global impact

Mar. 15, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In a world gripped by a pandemic, global unrest and a fast-moving news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that the war in Syria is still happening. Even before the coronavirus outbreak took over daily lives around the globe, the conflict, which began in early 2011, had largely fallen off...

In this picture taken on March 3, 2020 and provided by UNICEF, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, center, and WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, left, seated, interact with 3rd grade children, at Tal-Amara school, southern Idlib, Syria. Fore expressed hope in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that a cease-fire that went into effect in Syria will hold so that children can return to normal life adding that nearly one third of Syria's children are out of school. Fore visited Syria this week where she met officials and toured villages on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib. (Omar Sanadiki/UNICEF via AP )

AP Interview: UN official appeals for more access in Syria

Mar. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. children's agency said Friday she has asked government officials for more access inside Syria, saying it's critical to bring aid to "the most vulnerable" in the war-torn country, which is experiencing one of the conflict's worst humanitarian crises yet. Henrietta Fore,...

UN food aid chief fears for Africa, Mideast amid new crises

Mar. 5, 2020 6:55 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s food aid agency warned of “absolute devastation” in Africa and parts of the Middle East in coming months if wealthier nations grappling with an economic downturn linked to the new coronavirus don't step up aid efforts in countries in need. David...

In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, desert locusts jump up from the ground and fly away as a cameraman walks past, in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya. As locusts by the billions descend on parts of Kenya in the worst outbreak in 70 years, small planes are flying low over affected areas to spray pesticides in what experts call the only effective control. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

East Africa's huge locust outbreak now spreads to Congo

Feb. 25, 2020 2:40 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A small group of desert locusts has entered Congo, marking the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency said Tuesday as U.N. agencies warned of a “major hunger threat” in East Africa...