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In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

Sep. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 6:25 a.m. Japan’s new prime minister says he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The Games this year were postponed because...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, the sun rises over the city skyline with the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, on a foggy day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is tapping the global financial market to potentially raise billions of dollars for the first time in years. That's according to a bond prospectus seen on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, by The Associated Press. It reveals the deepening toll of the coronavirus pandemic on Dubai's economy. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

UAE: Iran's aggressive policies made Arabs look at Israel

Sep. 25, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Arab Emirates didn’t need peace with Israel to counter Iran, a top UAE official said Friday, but he said Iran’s aggressive policies over three decades alarmed many Arab countries and made them look at their relationship with Israel “with fresh...

In this image made from UNTV video, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

Palestinian leader calls for new peace process in UN speech

Sep. 25, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to launch a "genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. Abbas seemed to acknowledge the growing...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, 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 in Washington. Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but the GOP is still eyeing modest gains with the constituency in states where President Donald Trump could reap major benefits with even small improvements over his performance in 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support

Sep. 25, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters. With battleground states like Pennsylvania,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, 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 in Washington. Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but the GOP is still eyeing modest gains with the constituency in states where President Donald Trump could reap major benefits with even small improvements over his performance in 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support

Sep. 25, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters. With battleground states like Pennsylvania,...

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With spy series 'Tehran,' Israelis reach out to an enemy

Sep. 25, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Things are not as they seem in the new Apple TV+ series “Tehran” — as it should be in a spy thriller. The series opens with a commercial flight from Jordan to India that's suddenly diverted to Iran. A few of the passengers on board have secrets. Those secrets will soon...

A protester wears a bandana as a face mask as he pulls on a rubber mask representing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside of the Knesset in Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, after Israel moved to further tighten its second countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to soar. Prayers during the ongoing Jewish High Holidays, as well as political demonstrations, would be limited to open spaces and no more than 20 people, and participants would have to remain within the restricted distance from home. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israeli leaders bicker as virus lockdown goes into effect

Sep. 25, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers cannot agree on legislation governing a tightened nationwide lockdown that took effect Friday, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to propose a state of emergency that would halt weekly demonstrations against him. Earlier this week, the Cabinet agreed to tighten...

Israeli Dr. Ronni Gamzu speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office near the central Israeli city of Lod, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Gamzu is a cancer survivor. It was that personal battle that readied him for his greatest professional challenge: steering Israel's troubled coronavirus response. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

AP Interview: Israeli virus czar fights outbreak, politics

Sep. 25, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

AIRPORT CITY, Israel (AP) — When Dr. Ronni Gamzu, one of Israel’s leading public health experts, was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, he was hailed as Israel's best hope for halting a fast-growing number of cases. Two months later, Israel is suffering from one of the world’s...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo, a policeman asks a bride and groom to leave the waterfront promenade where they had decided to take some pictures, in Beirut, Lebanon. In a region where marriage is the cornerstone of society, couples are plowing ahead with weddings, despite the deadly risks. From the Palestinian territories to the United Arab Emirates, officials attribute a spike in coronavirus cases to traditional, large-scale weddings that flout public health restrictions. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

For Arab newlyweds, the party goes on until police bust in

Sep. 25, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The party was going strong: traditional music blared, families cheered, throngs of revelers danced. Then, police burst in. Officers kicked out guests, slapped hefty fines — even locked up the tuxedoed groom and singers. In recent weeks, such unhappy endings to...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...