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A muslim man pray next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, May 31, 2020.The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, reopened early Sunday, following weeks of closure aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

May. 31, 2020 4:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened Sunday for the first time in more than two months, with worshipers ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Islam's holiest site in Mecca remained closed to the public. The...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, center, is surrounded by a group of lawmakers after being elected as speaker of the parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Iran's parliament voted Thursday to elect Qalibaf, a hard-line former mayor of Tehran as the legislative body's new speaker. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Hard-line former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

May. 28, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's parliament elected a former mayor of Tehran tied to the Revolutionary Guard as its next speaker Thursday, solidifying hard-line control of the body as tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic remain high over its collapsed nuclear deal. Mohammad Bagher...

Lawmakers are sworn in during the inauguration of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May, 27, 2020. Iran has convened its newly elected parliament, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iran is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's newly elected parliament convenes despite pandemic

May. 27, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly elected parliament convened on Wednesday, dominated by conservative lawmakers and under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus that has hit the nation hard. Iranian state TV said all 268 lawmakers who were in...

CORRECTS TO CLARIFY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN MUSLIM NATIONS NOT GAZA - Muslims wearing face masks attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a mosque in Gaza City, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Millions of Muslims worldwide are marking a muted and gloomy religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan -- a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

May. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel,...

FILE - In this May 17, 2016,  file, photo, Farhad Azima, the owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Kansas City-based Aviation Leasing Group poses for a photo at his home in Kansas City, Mo. An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday, May 22, 2020. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)

UK court orders gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

May. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday. The ruling against Farhad Azima caps a...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Salah Khashoggi, left, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday, May 22, 2020 that they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving automatic legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who’d been sentenced to execution. (Saudi Press Agency via AP, File)

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

May. 22, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the kingdom's crown...

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 Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo released by the state-run WAM news agency, an Etihad Airways flights loaded with aid for the Palestinians to fight the coronavirus pandemic is loaded in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways flew aid for the Palestinians amid the coronavirus pandemic from the capital of the United Arab Emirates into Israel on Tuesday, marking the first known direct commercial flight between the two nations. (WAM via AP)

Etihad makes 1st known commercial flight between UAE, Israel

May. 19, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An unmarked Etihad Airways cargo plane flew aid to help the Palestinians fight the coronavirus pandemic from the capital of the United Arab Emirates into Israel on Tuesday, marking the first known direct commercial flight between the two nations. The UAE, home to Abu...

In this Wednesday, April 15, 2020, photo made available by U.S. Navy, Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels sail close to U.S. military ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait. A group of 11 Iranian naval vessels made

US Navy issues new guidelines after close Iran encounters

May. 19, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy warned Tuesday it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Mideast that come within 100 meters (yards) of its warships, offering specific guidelines after a recent close encounter with Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf. ...