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Migrants from Morocco walk along the shore escorted by Spanish Police after arriving at the coast of the Canary Island, crossing the Atlantic Ocean sailing on a wooden boat on Tuesday, Oct.20, 2020. Some 1,000 migrants have spent the night again sleeping in emergency tents in a dock while authorities in the Canary Islands complain that the Spanish government keeps blocking transfers of newly arrived migrants to the mainland over coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)

Spanish islands struggle with migration surge amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

MASPALOMAS, Spain (AP) — Rescues at sea and arrivals of flimsy boats from Africa on Spain’s Canary Islands, where local authorities are already struggling to cope with the pandemic, have strained emergency services and left hundreds of migrants stuck for days in a makeshift harbor camp. Over 1,000...

Yemeni prisoners chant slogans during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition at the airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Yemen's warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country's stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen's rival sides complete war's largest prisoner exchange

Oct. 16, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides completed a major, U.N.-brokered prisoner swap on Friday, officials said, a development that could revive the country’s stalled peace process after more than five years of grinding conflict. This week's prisoner release, the largest-ever in the war,...

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a building  after a diesel tank exploded in the neighborhood of Tarik al-Jadida, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Small explosion at bakery in Lebanese capital kills 4 people

Oct. 9, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A diesel tank exploded inside a Beirut building on Friday night, killing four people and injuring several others, the Lebanese Red Cross said. It was not immediately clear what triggered the blast in the western neighborhood of Tariq Jadidah. The state-run National News Agency said the blaze...

In this photo provided by the International Committee for the Red Cross International and Yemeni staff stand inside a new field hospital for coronavirus patients in the country's main southern city of Aden. The Red Cross announced the opening of the facility on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 as the virus continues to spread largely unchecked in war-torn Yemen. Many medical facilities in the country have closed as staffers flee or turn patients away. (International Committee for the Red Cross via AP)

Yemen gets new virus hospital after other facilities close

Sep. 21, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Red Cross on Monday announced the opening of a new field hospital in southern Yemen specifically to treat coronavirus patients, as the virus continues to spread largely unchecked in the war-torn country. In the south, an already wrecked health system seems to have completely...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, center, and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer, speak during a new round of talks by Yemen's warring parties in Amman, Jordan.  Yemen’s warring sides on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020,  started U.N.-brokered peace consultations in Switzerland to exchange prisoners, the United Nations said, part of a long-delayed deal aiming to end a conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and set off the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Yemen's rival sides meet in Geneva for prisoner swap talks

Sep. 18, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides on Friday began long-awaited U.N.-brokered peace consultations in Switzerland on the exchange of prisoners, part of a deal aimed at ending a conflict that has killed thousands and set off the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Delegates from Yemen’s...

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Mexico's pirate ambulances profiteering in the pandemic

Sep. 16, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Many people have been profiteering from the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico; prices for oxygen cylinders, medicinal alcohol and face masks all have skyrocketed. But perhaps the cruelest are the so-called pirate ambulances that take advantage of patients' desperation. The poorly equipped,...

Report: Israeli strike kills 10 Iran-backed gunmen in Syria

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Monday killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis, a Syrian opposition war monitor reported. Israel rarely comments on such reports, but is believed to have carried out scores of raids targeting Iran’s military...

Mary Thomson, left, from Phoenix gets assistance from Salvation Army officer Tawnya Stumpf at the evacuation center set up at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Central Point, Ore. They lost their home to the destructive wildfires devastating the region. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

Sep. 13, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Fearing one disaster will feed another, relief groups are putting some people who fled their homes during West Coast wildfires into hotels to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, stringing up shower curtains to separate people in group shelters and delivering box lunches instead of...

Ethnic Rohingya people rest after the boat carrying them landed in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, Indonesia, early Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province Monday and were evacuated by military, police and Red Cross volunteers, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Mirza)

Almost 300 Rohingya found on beach in Indonesia’s Aceh

Sep. 7, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after months at sea, officials said. The group arrived at Ujong Blang beach from one boat and were reported by local residents. Officials arrived and found that the Rohingya had dispersed...