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Family members of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 line up with empty oxygen tanks in an attempt to refill them, outside the Nitron da Amazonia company, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

The Latest: Oregon governor blames feds for vaccine delay

Jan. 15, 2021 8:50 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that plans to vaccinate Oregon residents over 65 starting next week would have to be delayed and scaled back substantially as she accused the Trump administration of backtracking on a promise of more than 100,000 additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal...

A street is empty of cars during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Lebanon's parliament has approved a draft law to allow the importing of vaccines into the tiny country to fight the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon OKs law to import vaccines as virus hits new record

Jan. 15, 2021 1:25 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament approved a draft law allowing imports of coronavirus vaccines as the small nation hit a new record in case numbers Friday and more hospitals reported they were at full capacity. The new daily toll of 6,154 cases and 44 deaths came on the second day of a nationwide...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian commercial plane coming from Lebanon, lands at Aleppo Airport, Syria, early Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Syrian Air conducted its first flight in a decade between the northern city of Aleppo and Lebanon's capital Beirut on Friday, resuming a round-trip route that's been halted since Syria’s conflict began in 2011. (SANA via AP)

Syrian Air makes 1st Aleppo to Beirut flight since 2011

Jan. 15, 2021 6:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Air conducted its first flight in a decade between the northern city of Aleppo and Lebanon’s capital Beirut early Friday, resuming a round-trip route that's been halted since Syria’s conflict began in 2011. Precautionary measures against the coronavirus were in place,...

Police bike officers patrol on the empty waterfront promenade as the country starts a new lockdown, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Lebanese authorities began enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round the clock curfew Thursday, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus infections spinning out of control after the holiday period. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

At virus tipping point, Lebanon imposes all-day curfew

Jan. 14, 2021 12:45 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a choice between containing a spiraling virus outbreak and resuscitating a dying economy in a country that has been in steady financial and economic meltdown over the past year. Authorities in Lebanon chose the latter. Now, virus patients struggling to breathe wait outside hospitals...

FILE - In this, July 19, 2020 file photo, a homeless woman sleeps on a bench on the Mediterranean Sea corniche in Beirut, Lebanon. The World Bank has approved a $246 million loan to Lebanon to provide emergency cash assistance to nearly 800,000 Lebanese reeling under the country’s compounded economic and health crises. The World Bank said in a statement late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, that the loan would also support the development of a national social safety net in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

World Bank approves cash assistance to crisis-struck Lebanon

Jan. 13, 2021 10:01 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The World Bank approved a $246 million loan to Lebanon to provide emergency cash assistance to nearly 800,000 Lebanese reeling under the country’s compounded economic and health crises. The World Bank said in a statement late Tuesday the loan would also support the development of a...

Intense Israeli strikes in east Syria; region on high alert

Jan. 13, 2021 9:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early Wednesday, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring...

Lebanon files urgent complaint to UN against Israel flights

Jan. 12, 2021 11:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon will file an urgent complaint with the United Nations against Israel's daily violations of its airspace amid intensifying drone reconnaissance and mock raids around the country, the president's office said Tuesday. President Michel Aoun called for a condemnation of Israel's...

Sama Chlawuit, left, and her sister Sima-Rita, whose family home had the windows blown out during August's massive explosion in Beirut, hold their dolls at their grandfather's home, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. After the explosion, painter Yolande Labaki made 100 dolls for children affected by the destruction. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Woman's salve for devastation of Lebanese blast: 100 dolls

Jan. 12, 2021 10:02 AM EST

In the wake of a massive explosion that devastated Beirut, 93-year-old Yolande Labaki sought a way to help bring healing to the Lebanese capital. The internationally recognized painter's solution was to make dolls — 100 of them, distributed to children traumatized or otherwise affected by the destruction....

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, shows the the scene of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Interpol issued a wanted notice for two Russians and a Portuguese man over explosive material that had been shipped to Beirut and stored at the city’s port for six years until it exploded in August. The state-run National News Agency reported on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, that the Interpol-issued Red Notices were for the owner and captain of the Rhosus, the ship that carried the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to Lebanon in 2013, as well as a Portuguese nitrate trader who visited the port’s warehouse in Beirut in 2014 where the material was stored. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Interpol issues notices over Lebanon's massive port blast

Jan. 12, 2021 6:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol has issued a wanted notice for two Russians and a Portuguese man over explosive material that had been shipped to Beirut and stored at the city’s port for six years until it exploded in August, the state-run National News Agency reported Tuesday. The Aug. 4 explosion killed...

People line up to enter a supermarket, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Panic buyers swarmed supermarkets after reports the government planned to also order them shut in the tightened lockdown. Long lines formed outside chain supermarkets, sparking fear the crowds could further spread the virus. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon plans 11-day, 24-hour curfew, hospital beds fill up

Jan. 11, 2021 2:52 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities tightened a nationwide lockdown Monday, including an 11-day, 24-hour curfew, amid a dramatic surge in coronavirus infections and growing criticism of uncoordinated policies many blame for the spread of the virus. News of the restrictions to be implemented starting...