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Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

A Palestinian boy sells bananas on a donkey carte in an alley in the Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and caused its poverty and unemployment rates to skyrocket, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the 13-year closure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

Nov. 25, 2020 4:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure. The report by the U.N. Conference on...

Palestinians walk past closed stores near the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. The Palestinian economy is expected to contract by about 8% in 2020 as it copes with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, an already struggling economy and political standoff with Israel, the World Bank said in a report Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

World Bank: Palestinian economy to contract 8% in 2020

Nov. 24, 2020 12:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian economy is expected to contract by about 8% in 2020 as it copes with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, an already struggling economy and a political standoff with Israel, the World Bank said in a report Tuesday. The report showed how the pandemic has accelerated the...

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza Strip after rocket attack

Nov. 22, 2020 1:34 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft on Sunday struck multiple sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired earlier from the Palestinian territory, Israel's military said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. While several militant groups operate out of the Palestinian enclave, Israel holds...

Israeli army says Gaza militants fired a rocket at Israel

Nov. 21, 2020 4:24 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward Israel on Saturday night, setting off air-raid sirens in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, the Israeli military announced. Israeli police said the rocket caused damage to a structure in the Ashkelon area, roughly 10...

An attendee stands in a sterilizer as a precaution against the coronavirus as he arrives for a defense expo, DX Korea 2020, in Goyang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. South Korea has recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three months as it gets set to tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea begins stronger limits in some areas

Nov. 18, 2020 8:59 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day as authorities begin enforcing toughened social distancing rules in some areas to fight a resurgence of small-scale clusters of infections. The 343 new cases announced Thursday raised the...

Israeli military strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rockets

Nov. 15, 2020 6:36 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after militants fired two rockets from the Palestinian territory. In a statement, the military said fighter jets, attack helicopters and tanks hit Hamas underground infrastructure and military posts. It said...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2011 file photo, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, speaks during a press conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, has died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saeb Erekat, longtime Palestinian spokesman, dies at 65

Nov. 10, 2020 5:08 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. He was 65. The American-educated Erekat was involved in nearly every round of peace negotiations...

FILE - In this June 9, 2009 file photo, doctors treat eight-year old Razia after she was severely burned when a white phosphorus round hit her home in the Tagab Valley during fighting between French troops and Taliban militants, at the U.S. military hospital in Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. A new report by Human Rights Watch and Harvard's human rights clinic released on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, has documented the use of incendiary weapons and their horrific human cost on civilians over the past decade in conflict zones like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Syria. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Human toll of incendiary weapons documented in new report

Nov. 9, 2020 6:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new report released Monday documents the use of incendiary weapons and their horrific human cost on civilians over the past decade in conflict zones like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Syria, with Human Rights Watch and Harvard’s human rights clinic calling on nations to...

FILE- A protester holds a placard depicting Palestinian Maher al-Akhras, 49, who has been on a hunger strike after he was arrested and placed into administrative detention by Israel in late July, outside of a prison in Ramla, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Al-Akhras, a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel has agreed to end a hunger strike that has lasted over 100 days, his family and a prisoner rights' advocate said Friday,  Nov. 6 claiming he had received assurances from Israeli authorities that his open-ended detention will not be extended beyond the end of the month. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Palestinian in Israel prison ends 100-plus day hunger strike

Nov. 6, 2020 3:10 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner held by Israel has agreed to end more than 100 days of hunger strike, his family and a prisoner rights’ advocate said Friday, claiming he had received assurances from Israeli authorities that his open-ended detention wouldn't be extended beyond the...