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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a press conference at Downing Street on the government's coronavirus action plan in London. Britain botched its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again.
The virus is on the rise again in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed infections at their highest level since May.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)

The Latest: US company moves virus vaccine study to UK

Sep. 24, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A U.S. biotechnology company is moving its experimental COVID-19 vaccine into final-stage testing in Britain, a different kind of shot than other leading candidates. Novavax Inc. announced Thursday that the Phase 3 study getting underway in the United Kingdom aims to test up to 10,000...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second from right bottom, seen on a computer monitor at United Nations headquarters participates in a virtual high-level meeting of the Security Council meeting on safeguarding international peace and security and global governance in the post-COVID-19 era, happening during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: China, U.S., Russia trade blame over pandemic

Sep. 24, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 4:55 p.m. China, the United States and Russia have traded allegations at the United Nations about who mishandled and politicized the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at the...

An Israeli woman walks past a banner encouraging people to wear face masks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced plans for a strict, two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to slow a raging coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel tightens second lockdown as coronavirus cases soar

Sep. 24, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday moved to further tighten its second countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continued to soar, ordering all nonessential businesses to close and requiring people to stay within 1,000 meters (yards) of their homes. Prayers during the ongoing Jewish High Holidays, as...

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Israel's Netanyahu calls for tough lockdown as virus rages

Sep. 23, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced plans for a strict, two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to slow a raging coronavirus outbreak. In a video statement, Netanyahu said there would be a “full lockdown” beginning Friday that would run through Oct....

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

First direct commercial flight from Israel lands in Bahrain

Sep. 23, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The first known direct commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain landed Wednesday in the island kingdom, just a week after it signed a deal alongside the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations. Flight data showed an Israir Airlines Airbus A320 landed at Bahrain...

Jewish women pray at the Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, after they were turned away by police on their way to pray at the Western Wall, during a nationwide three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israelis gird for more virus restrictions amid 2nd lockdown

Sep. 22, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israelis were bracing for more coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, days after the start of a second countrywide lockdown, as health officials sounded the alarm over a feared deluge of new patients and hospitals were ordered to open additional COVID-19 wards. Israeli Cabinet...

Lebanese army vehicles pass next to a portrait of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, as they patrol on a road that leads to the site of an explosion that rocked a Hezbollah stronghold, in the southern village of Ain Qana, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The powerful explosion sent thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Powerful blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon

Sep. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

AIN QANA, Lebanon (AP) — A powerful explosion shook a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. The Lebanese army said the blast occurred in a building in the southern village of Ain Qana, above the port city of...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, an F-35 fighter jet arrives at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, Vt., United States. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is headed to Washington on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was announced last month, the UAE has made no secret about its desire to acquire F-35 warplanes and other advanced U.S.-made weaponry. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

Israeli defense chief heads to US to discuss military edge

Sep. 21, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews keep social distancing and wear face masks during a morning prayer next to their houses as synagogues are limited to twenty people during a nationwide three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Monday, Sept 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Reports: Israeli PM's aides break quarantine after US visit

Sep. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior aides broke quarantine regulations after returning from an official visit to Washington last week, Israeli media reported Monday. The breaches of health regulations by senior officials — which came as the country entered its...

Israeli protesters hold signs and chant slogans during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu near the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Thousands protest Netanyahu; many ignore Israeli virus rules

Sep. 20, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis resumed their weekly protest Sunday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in central Jerusalem, despite a new nationwide lockdown order aimed at curbing a raging coronavirus outbreak. An exception allowing people to hold public...