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A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao

Oct. 13, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases of coronavirus found among the almost 2 million sets of results received. The city has reported a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new outbreak was...

King of Jordan names his policy adviser country's new PM

Oct. 7, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday designated his policy adviser to form a new government amid criticism of the previous government's handling of the virus pandemic. In a statement published by the Royal Court, the king said he appointed Bishr al-Khasawneh the country's new...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...

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...

This undated 2018 photo shows Dr. Mohammed Ayesh and his family in Gaza. Ayesh is among several Gazans who are unable to return to the territory because of a dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The PA stopped coordinating travel permits with Israel when it cut off all contacts in May 2020 to protest Israel's plans to annex up to 30% of the occupied West Bank. (Ayesh family via AP)

Gazans left stranded abroad by Israeli-Palestinian standoff

Sep. 30, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For the last four months, Ahmed al-Kurdi, his wife and three children have been stranded in Jordan, where they traveled from their home in the Gaza Strip for life-saving medical treatment for his 2-year-old daughter. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has led to border closures and...

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpouring of grief

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s political and sectarian divides, touched off an outpouring of grief from the Arab world Tuesday. As news...

Veterinarians refuse CDC request to deport bulldog puppies

Sep. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Veterinarians caring for 15 bulldog puppies rescued from a warehouse at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Monday refused to send the dogs back to the Middle East country from which they came. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week ordered the animals...

In this image made from UNTV video, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words

Sep. 22, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Here, The...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by Trump and his administration to fully integrate the Jewish state into the Middle East. From left, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Jared Kushner and U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

Sep. 11, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab nation to do so as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administration to further ease the Jewish state's relative isolation in the Middle East and find common ground with...

Blasts occur at Jordan munitions depot, no injuries reported

Sep. 11, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — Several explosions occurred early Friday in a Jordanian military base warehouse where unusable mortar shells were being stored, with no immediate reports of any injuries, authorities said. The warehouses are in an isolated area east of the city of Zarqa, which was sealed off by...