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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at the J Street National Conference, in Washington. Erekat on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat's case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

Oct. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat remained in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, his family said, as he continued his life-threatening battle against the coronavirus. Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at the J Street National Conference, in Washington. Erekat on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat's case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Hospital: Palestinian official Erekat in critical condition

Oct. 19, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat on Monday was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat's case as extremely challenging given his history...

Israeli hospital hosts wedding of COVID-19 patient's son

Oct. 19, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli man hospitalized with the coronavirus has been granted the rare chance to take part in his son's wedding after the Jerusalem hospital hosted the ceremony on its grounds, beneath the man's hospital room window. A video of Sunday's event by the Hadassah Medical Center showed the...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Protesters chant slogans and hold signs during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside Netanyahu's official residence for the first time in nearly a month, resuming the weekly protest after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted. The protesters are demanding Netanyahu's resignation, saying he cannot serve while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the country's coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Netanyahu

Oct. 17, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted. The protests were curtailed...

Jewish settlers fight fire in olive groves near their outpost that was caused by Israeli police's teargas canisters, used to disperse Palestinian farmers going to their groves, in the West Bank village of Burqa, East of Ramallah, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Palestinians clashed with Israeli border police in the West Bank on Friday during their attempt to reach and harvest their olive groves near a Jewish settlers outpost. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Israel settlement plans draw international condemnation

Oct. 16, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli plans to advance the building of thousands of settlement units in the occupied West Bank drew European condemnation on Friday as approvals for constructions hit a record high in 2020. The European countries warned the building perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. Wednesday's development indicates they are pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel gives the green light to over 2,000 settlement homes

Oct. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump. The approval raised the number of settlement homes to be advanced this year...

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Coronavirus lockdown 2.0 deepens divisions in Israel

Oct. 14, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel went into lockdown last spring, Jerusalem pub owner Leon Shvartz moved quickly to save his business — shifting to a delivery and takeaway model that kept him afloat throughout the summer. Then came the second lockdown. With restaurants and shops shuttered again,...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao

Oct. 13, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases of coronavirus found among the almost 2 million sets of results received. The city has reported a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new outbreak was...