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Lebanese soldiers stand among tear gas during clashes with protesters as part of a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Beirut protesters enter government buildings

Aug. 8, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Dozens of Lebanese protesters have stormed the buildings of a number of government ministries and the headquarters of the country's banking association channeling their rage against state and financial institutions after the...

Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

Aug. 7, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran is urging the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by two U.S. fighter jets in the skies over Syria last month, which it called an “unlawful” and an “adventuristic act.” Iran’s...

FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is the only major candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, virtually guaranteeing he will be sworn in as Hawaii's newest congressman in January. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Correction: Election 2020-Hawaii House story

Aug. 6, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a story August 2, 2020, about the Hawaii Primary election, The Associated Press erroneously reported that U.S. House candidate Kai Kahele would be the third Native Hawaiian elected to Congress, if elected. Kahele would be the second Native Hawaiian in Congress since statehood. Five...

Virus hits Syria's national soccer team amid COVID-19 surge

Aug. 4, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least four players and three staff members on Syria’s national soccer team have tested positive for coronavirus and are in isolation, a Syrian official said Tuesday. The infections come amid reports of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the divided, war-torn country, where...

An Israeli soldier drives a tank during an exercise in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah after Israeli strike in Syria

Aug. 4, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and others after Israeli forces said they thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants. The Israeli military announced late Monday that it had struck targets in Syria...

Laith Jabbar, a gas station worker drinks water in Basra, Iraq, Monday, July. 27, 2020. As temperatures soar to record levels this summer, Iraq's power supply falls short of demand again, providing a spark for renewed anti-government protests. Amid a nationwide virus lockdown, homes are without electricity for hours in the blistering heat. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

Record heat, politics inflame Iraq's electricity shortages

Aug. 4, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In Iraq’s oil-rich south, the scorching summer months pose painful new choices in the age of the coronavirus: stay at home in the sweltering heat with electricity cut off for hours, or go out and risk the virus. This is Zain al-Abidin’s predicament. A resident of al-Hartha...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019 file photo, Iraqi Yazidi women grieve during the exhumation process of a mass grave in Iraq's northwestern region of Sinjar. U.N. investigators have collected millions of call data records implicating Islamic State militants in atrocities committed in northern Iraq, but delays in passing a law to govern war crimes probes is hindering the pursuit of justice, according to the head of the investigation. The data will help geolocate suspects in and around Sinjar in the summer of 2014, when the extremists killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidis.  (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed, File)

Murad, Amal Clooney accuse leaders and UN of failing Yazidis

Aug. 3, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six years after Islamic State fighters launched an attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused government leaders and the United Nations on Monday of failing to bring the extremists responsible for the...

Israeli soldiers work on tanks in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, not far from Lebanon border, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Lebanon's prime minister has accused Israel of provoking a

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Aug. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian army Monday night, hours after thwarting an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants trying to plant explosives, the Israeli military said. In a rare statement...

A gas station workers gestures as he saying no fuel at the station, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly rising poverty _ with a pandemic on top of that. The collapse threatens to break a nation seen as a model of diversity and resilience in the Arab world. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Analysis: Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

Aug. 3, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Power cuts that last up to 20 hours a day. Mountains of trash spilling into streets. Long lines at gas stations. It may seem like a standard summer in Lebanon, a country used to wrestling with crumbling infrastructure as it vaults from one disaster to another. Only this time, it's different,...

Report: Car bomb in north Syria kills, wounds several people

Jul. 30, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb exploded at checkpoint manned by Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters on Thursday in northeastern Syria, killing and wounding several people, Turkish state media and an opposition war monitoring group reported. According to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, the bombing in the...