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CAPTION ADDITION: ADDS DETAILS ABOUT WHICH PRISON HAD RIOTS: FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, prisoners play volleyball in a Kurdish-run prison housing former members of the Islamic State group, in Qamishli, northern Syria. A spokesman for Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria said Monday, March. 30, 2020, that they have put an end to riots by Islamic State militants in a prison there. The riots broke out late on Sunday in a prison in the town of Hassakeh and lasted several hours. Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities scattered around northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Commander: Kurdish forces end riots by IS prisoners in Syria

Mar. 31, 2020 4:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish-led forces have successfully put down riots by Islamic State militants in a prison in northeast Syria with none of the prisoners escaping the facility, the top commander of the U.S.-backed forces said. Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted shortly before midnight on...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. In some cells in Iran, Egypt, Syria and other countries in the Middle East, prisoners are crammed in by the dozens, with little access to hygiene or medical care. So if one infection gets in, the novel coronavirus could run rampant. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Crammed in filthy cells, political prisoners fear infection

Mar. 31, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Reza Khandan got the word from friends locked away in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were suspected of having coronavirus, and two guards in the women’s ward had shown symptoms. It was frightening news....

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, walk as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort takes off from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — WHO warns COVID-19 epidemics “far from over”...

CAPTION ADDITION: ADDS DETAILS ABOUT WHICH PRISON HAD RIOTS: FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, prisoners cut the hair of other inmates in the barber shop of a Kurdish-run prison housing former members of the Islamic State group, in Qamishli, north Syria. A spokesman for Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria said Monday, March. 30, 2020 they have put an end to riots by Islamic State militants in a prison there. The riots broke out late on Sunday in a prison in the town of Hassakeh and lasted several hours. Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities scattered around northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Activists say IS prison riots break out again in Syria

Mar. 30, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Imprisoned Islamic State militants rioted again on Monday at a jail in northeastern Syria, hours after the Kurdish-led forces running the site said they had restored order, activists said. Gunfire could be heard in the area as ambulances rushed the wounded from inside the prison to hospitals...

A member of the Iranian army walks past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Mar. 29, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic. Syria meanwhile reported the first fatality from...

IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escape

Mar. 29, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility while a number of prisoners managed to escape, a Syrian Kurdish official said Sunday. Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

An emergency hospital is set up with nine hundreds beds for coronavirus infected patients, in the Expo Center, Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

Mar. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. Across the Middle East and elsewhere, the outbreak has raised concerns that health systems strapped by multiple wars,...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Syria, UAE leaders discuss coronavirus, a thaw in relations

Mar. 27, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president and one of the United Arab Emirates' most powerful leaders spoke on the phone on Friday — signalling a major thaw in Damascus' troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition. The official...

Medical workers oversee the disinfection of the streets to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Qamishli, Syria, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Aid group says Mideast lockdowns hinder humanitarian efforts

Mar. 25, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group said Wednesday that closures aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic are preventing it from reaching 300,000 people in conflict zones across the Middle East, as the virus arrived in war-torn Libya and case counts rose in Syria and the Gaza Strip, among the...