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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo, Bayern fans wave flags and scarfs before their Champions League soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Munich, southern Germany. Even though the protests have stopped amid the coronavirus outbreak, many Bayern Munich fans are still pushing for their club to take its Qatari sponsor to task for human rights abuses in the country. Bayern is sponsored by state-owned carrier Qatar Airways and has been holding mid-season training camps in the Persian Gulf country since 2011.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, file)

Fans continue to question Bayern Munich's silence on Qatar

Mar. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Even though the protests have stopped amid the coronavirus outbreak, many Bayern Munich fans are still pushing for their club to take its Qatari sponsor to task for human rights abuses in the country. Bayern is sponsored by state-owned carrier Qatar Airways and has been holding mid-season...

Virus toll in Iran climbs as lockdowns deepen across Mideast

Mar. 16, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran reported another 129 fatalities from the new coronavirus on Monday, the largest one-day rise in deaths since it began battling the Middle East's worst outbreak, which has claimed more than 850 lives and infected a number of senior officials in the country. Businesses in Iran's...

A firefighter disinfects a square against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. The new coronavirus outbreak has reached Iran's top officials, with its senior vice president, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials among those infected. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Religious services curbed across Mideast over virus fears

Mar. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious authorities cancelled or limited weekly prayer gatherings across the Middle East on Friday to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as they encouraged the faithful to pray for those afflicted by the global pandemic. Iran, which is mired in the worst outbreak in the...

FILE- In this April 8, 2018 file photo, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, leads at the start and followed by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, right and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, left, during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Formula One race this month in Bahrain will be run without spectators over fears about the new coronavirus, the island kingdom announced Sunday, March 8, 2020, as Mideast stock markets fell sharply amid plummeting demand for crude oil and OPEC's inability to agree on a production cut. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

F1's Bahrain Grand Prix to run without fans due to virus

Mar. 8, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Formula One's Bahrain Grand Prix will run this month without spectators as the island kingdom fights an outbreak of the new coronavirus, organizers announced Sunday. Mideast stock markets fell sharply amid a plummeting demand for crude oil. The extraordinary decision by...

FILE - In this April 20, 2017 file photo, Emirates planes are parked at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Major disruptions due to the new coronavirus have already caused the equivalent of a roughly $100 million loss to airline carriers in the Middle East region, which serves as a connection hub for east-west travel, the industry's main trade association said on Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

New virus hits Mideast airlines with $100M loss, group says

Mar. 2, 2020 7:46 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major travel disruptions due to the new coronavirus have already caused the equivalent of a roughly $100 million loss to airlines in the Middle East, which serves as a connection hub for east-west travel, the industry's main trade association said Monday. The Persian...

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, talks to a health official about the latest situation on coronavirus at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Saudi Arabia halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears of the global outbreak of the new coronavirus just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Photos show Saudi King Salman, right, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and Saudi Arabia's founder late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Amid virus, Saudis close Islam's holiest sites to foreigners

Feb. 27, 2020 3:05 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus, disrupting travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom and potentially affecting plans later this year for millions more ahead of the fasting month...

Workers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is causing global worry as clusters grow in the Middle East and Europe. (Jin Yeon-soo/Yonhap via AP)

As world scrambles, experts warn virus spread in US certain

Feb. 25, 2020 5:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials warned Tuesday that the burgeoning coronavirus is certain to spread more widely in the country at some point, even as their counterparts in Europe and Asia scrambled to contain new outbreaks of the illness. “It’s not so much a question of if this will...

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, delivers a keynote address at Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Ivanka Trump lauds Saudi, UAE on women's rights reforms

Feb. 16, 2020 11:18 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ivanka Trump lauded Sunday a handful of Mideast countries, including close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women's rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and...

An American Airlines plane taxis past parked Alaska Airlines planes, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FAA allows US civilian flights to resume over Persian Gulf

Feb. 15, 2020 2:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that American civilian flights can resume operations over much of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, loosening restrictions announced five weeks ago amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The...